the toys in your room

This post is exactly about what you think this title means. One of my friends hosts an adult equivalent of a tupperware party for people who want to liven up their marriage and try some new things. All the ordering and shipping is done completely privately and the hostess shares the products which range from[…]

the flushing sanctuary

Recently I saw this painting in the bathroom of my hair salon. It was too good to not take a picture. If you can’t read the text it says: “Today the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the toilet.” I thought the caption[…]

i want your body

As I’ve been blogging about healthy eating habits I’ve had this nagging worry- “maybe I’ll fall off the apple cart and buy a one way ticket on the cheeseburger express….just who do I think I am anyways to write about how you should eat? I’m a campus minister for crying out loud! Why do I care[…]

we are the champions, my friends

This past week I met with a national staff team of InterVarsity “outreach champions” from across the country. It’s one of my favorite meetings of the year both because I get to connect with brilliant, funny and deep colleagues, but also because we have fun together over delicious meals or going out to see a[…]

bless this food

When my brother in law was a child, he was running across the dining room and smacked his giant blond noggin squarely on the dining room table. His parents while they comforted their toddler said “why don’t you pray that God would help your head feel better?” So Joe prayed the only prayer he knew[…]

I’m so glad I decided to Breathe

This past weekend I attended the Breathe writers Conference in Grand Haven, MI. In my last post I wrote about how nervous I was to attend.  Then I lost my voice on Thursday night & foolishly thought that it would get better by the morning & that I’d be able to minimally talk at the conference[…]

I’m feeling nervous to Breathe

This weekend my kind friend and author Lorilee Craker is taking me to the Breathe writers conference.  I am feeling so excited and nervous to go! Here are the reasons I feel nervous: People who are serious about writing go to writers conferences. This commits me to being more serious and intentional about writing. This[…]

what is your word of the day?

Do you remember being a kid and just getting lost in coloring with crayons, pasting construction paper shapes on a page or feeling the waxiness of modling clay on your fingers as you rolled a ball of clay against the table? During this month of spiritual challenge of incorporating prayer into our lives, I’ve found a[…]

does my hair smell like a urinal cake?

What are your favorite travel products? Things you can’t be away from home without? Tomorrow I’ll leave for a three-day trip to Cleveland, home for a writers conference this weekend and then to Madison, WI next week.  Here are a few of the things I always bring with me or have started to bring: My sister[…]


Been dying to get one of these for your living room coffeetable? I was getting some decor inspiration at apartment therapy while I took a break from writing a talk on human trafficking and the work of International Justice Mission work to free child sex slaves. It’s such a heavy topic that occasionally I need something[…]

pick your five and lose five pounds

You’re proactive when it comes to your calendar, scheduling times to spend with friends, projects you’ll do at work and the vacation you’ll enjoy- why wouldn’t you do the same thing with the food you eat every day? Before I started to strive for five I would dread cooking and would respond to the grumbling in[…]

friends, let us invoke M.C. Hammer together

As we kick off this month of spiritual challenge, I only thought it appropriate to take a minute to enjoy the 1980’s glory of M.C. Hammers hit song “Pray.” I totally rocked hammer pants in the 80’s. Anyone else fall prey to that fashion back in the day? How about skidz? Ok. Enough about bad[…]

Friday fluff-“as seen on TV”

Have you ever been to a place you’ve seen on TV or in the movies your whole life? Was it as cool as you thought it would be when you went there? Recently a friend tagged me in a photo of this: This is a frozen banana stand on Balboa Island. For those of you[…]

reverse robin-hood

Recently I stole took some food from a homeless shelter here in Grand Rapids. Not just a little, but at least four or five full bags.  Some homeless guys even offered me some bananas which I also accepted. I was on my way to book club to discuss “The Memory Keepers Daughter” when I remembered[…]