Life is crazy. Demands, expectations, options, responsibilities. There are so many things we ought to do, need to do. So many folks to please, too many deadlines to meet. Sleep deprivation, a feeling of failure, perhaps boredom, even loneliness. But life is good. Occasionally, we may find ourselves just trying to get through. Sometimes that’s … Read More about A Fresh Vision from God for Your Summer (and Mine)
This past weekend we had a big celebration at the Falls Church Anglican. My husband, John stepped aside as the Senior Pastor of the church after 40 years. Family and friends came from all over the country to celebrate with us, including our 21 grandchildren and our 5 kids and their spouses. We are so … Read More about A Celebration: God’s Spectacular Faithfulness Over 40 Years
Do you feel like your life is constantly changing? (It probably is!) Life’s transitions are unending and can spark anxiety and fear. How do we trust God in the midst of transition? I recently had the chance to speak on this topic and I’m excited to share these talks with you. My life has had … Read More about How to Trust God in the Midst of Transition
With those we’re closest to, it’s easy to get lazy and forget the fundamentals — like simple kindness. I know I do this, and need to be reminded to practice kindness with my husband, children, and friends. I remember a conversation I had with my mother when I was just a little girl. A couple … Read More about Need to Rescue Your Relationship? Start with Kindness
Relationships between mothers and adult daughters can be such a source of joy, but also at times deeply challenging. This post is full of honest feedback from both sides, so we can understand each other better — and love each other well. Recently a young mother said to me, “I realized how much I want … Read More about Mothers and Adult Daughters: Understanding One Another
Today we’re talking about something I call emotional divorce — when you decide your marriage is just too hard and you shut your husband out of your heart. It’s like closing a sliding glass door. Your husband is still there; you’re still married. But you’re no longer investing emotionally in the relationship. If you’re married, … Read More about Ask Susan: When You Shut Your Husband Out of Your Heart
Faith is serious, and it’s good that we approach it that way. But you know, sometimes what we actually need in our lives is to lighten up and be a little less serious! Have you found yourself short with others when they don’t come through as you expected? Ticked because your husband lost his phone, … Read More about Help, I Need to Lighten Up! Do you?
Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter are on our minds this week. Along with Easter bunnies, new outfits, and Easter egg hunts. Flowers are finally blooming, and the earth seems pregnant with spring. Anticipation and joy pervade the atmosphere. But I wonder: What was Holy Week like for Jesus? What were His emotions? … Read More about Holy Week and the Emotions of Jesus