Humanity · Meditations

Wisdom for a Week Like This

What a week it’s been.

Alton Sterling.

Philando Castile.


My kids and I traveled from Seattle to North Carolina on Wednesday, then on to Virginia on Thursday. I was largely out of pocket. But in the past two days, in between seeing friends and family and monitoring my kids as they play in my parents’ swimming pool, I’ve been reading and thinking and hurting and crying and praying. Not again. It’s happened too many times already. And because of the travel and the time change and the headlines, I’m so tired. And I’m a white woman.

Imagine how tired my black brothers and sisters are.

In the wake of these events, I’ve seen some really foolish things online. But I’ve also seen some really, really wise things. I thought I would share a few thoughts I’ve had as I’ve read, prayed, and processed.

Fifty-two Weeks of Wisdom · Psalms

The Wisdom of Crying, “Uncle!”

Giving up feels like the most unnatural thing in the world to me. If I say I’m going to do something, I am going to DO it. But in the wake of our seven weeks with Baby D, which left my husband and I exhausted and our kids a bit out of sorts, I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that sometimes crying “uncle” is the wisest thing a person can do.

Fifty-two Weeks of Wisdom

The Wisdom of Saying “Lord Willing”

At the close of last year, I shared a post introducing my 2016 “wisdom series” in which I talked about how becoming a mother of three (first foster, then adoptive) changed and challenged me and drove me to begin a deeper, more intentional pursuit of godly wisdom. I invited you to join me in that pursuit, writing, “Starting in January, on Monday of each week, I’ll share a verse or passage of scripture that deals specifically with gaining wisdom, along with a short reflection and application of the passage for daily life.”

It would have been wise for me to add, “if the Lord wills.”

foster care · Meditations

The Wisdom in Feeding Lambs

Last Monday, around dinner time, I got a call from our former case manager, who had represented our youngest foster child for over a year. She was calling about a baby that had been taken into protective custody that day. They did not have a home for him that night and she wondered if we… Continue reading The Wisdom in Feeding Lambs