All posts filed under: Rocking Ordinary

Can You Get Back on the Bike?

In which I admit I have no idea what I’m doing. Have you ever stopped riding a bike for several years? I’m guessing you have at some time. Not a lot of Moms get to ride their bikes as frequently as their children do. So we hang up the bicycle in the garage and try to forget the gentle hum of the wheels and the feeling of wind through our hair. Have you ever gotten on a bike after several years of not riding? Your balance is slightly off, you wobble down the street, and you wonder why the seat feels about seven feet higher off the ground than before. You wonder if you’ll fall and shatter on the road. You pray no cars come down the street while you struggle to control the contraption in the middle of God and everybody. Your child looks on in bemusement or outright ridicules your lack of coordination. Yes, you can forget how to ride a bike. But it does come back to you after an hour or two, …

For the Holiday You’re Running From

I run hard two miles early every other morning, my black shoes slapping the pavement with intensity. I run hard. Hard enough to soak my shirt. Hard enough tear ligaments from my joints. Hard enough to shatter bones in my feet . . . twice. I can’t run hard enough or fast enough. “When was the last time you talked to him?” my husband innocently asked about the person wounding my soul. The soul scab ripped open, and I dashed down the street, breaking my own speed record the mile home, breaking into a sweat only when I burrowed into my closet under my blanket, patting away the sweat but unable to stop the internal bleeding. I could not run from the reality full of pain. He doesn’t love me. Did he ever love me? The questions I cried out to God twenty years ago, two decades past when first abandoned and disowned, the same came back with greater intensity than before. Why again? Can there be no trust, no protection, no reconciliation? Am I just a …

Introducing “The Genuine Homeschool Mom”

You may have noticed a couple of changes around here. That’s because you told me so! Here’s why I’m blaming you for my new name, new logo, and new direction. A couple of months ago, I asked your opinion about my writing, my books, my blog, and my social media presence. And it was all for a good reason. I lost sight of why I was here in the first place. I didn’t know what I was writing anymore, who I was writing it for, or why in the world they would want to read it. So I took some really good advice and conducted a branding survey. I asked a lot of open-ended questions because I just wanted to know what you really thought, not what you thought I wanted you to say. Know what I mean? And I was blown away. Over half of you said you read my blog and/or books because you find me “real and authentic” and still “encouraging and uplifting.” That was shocking, because I don’t look at myself …

Recovering from Abuse . . . at Home and at Church

My friend Mary DeMuth has taught me 95% of what I know about writing and publishing and surviving writing and publishing. God graciously brought us together on one bad day and turned it into a beautiful friendship. And there were chips and salsa involved. Mary invited me to join her on the ReStory podcast. And though we couldn’t record it at our favorite chips-and-salsa hangout, we do give you a glimpse of what kind of conversations we share together. But this was a hard, hard conversation. Because I’m letting you eavesdrop today on painful parts of my past: how I came to realize I was raised abused how I came to redefine my relationship with God after legalism how my husband provided a critical ministry of healing in my life how I grew to love and forgive those who hurt me most I hope you’ll listen. And then I hope you’ll share some of your story with me. Send me an email or leave me a comment below if I can pray with you as you …

Being Real . . . with Kristi Clover

Sometimes you meet facebook friends and become . . . fast friends. Like, the kind if you bumped into them in real life, you’d not only recognize them, but you’d just pick up your last conversation naturally. Kristi Clover is that friend to me. So when she asked me if I’d like to get real on her “Simply Joyful Podcast” show, I jumped at the chance. An hour of fun with a friend? Who doesn’t need that! We talked about what God is doing in our lives — and in yours — right now. We talked about why our culture is sapping our joy, and how we can reclaim it today! And we laughed. A LOT. Please come join our conversation, and just subscribe to her podcast while you’re at it!