My Right Now Life

learning to fully embrace this moment and fully live right now…

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Happy New… Moment?

It’s in the air.  I can almost feel it on my skin.  This sense of “new-ness”… with a new year comes a new beginning, a blank slate, a fresh start.

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are exploding with reflections of 2013 and hopes for 2014.

It seems everyone is thinking about what the past year brought for them – both the blessings and the burdens.  And it seems like everyone is in hopeful anticipation about what the new year is going to bring.

There’s nothing wrong with that.  This is certainly a good time to reflect.  And it’s a good time to have hope for the future.

But… I also wrestle with it. Continue reading


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Clouds on the Ground

It was early, and it was dark and quiet.  I sipped on my coffee as the radio played soft music.  My drive to work has become one of my favorite times of day, because it is also a quiet space to spend some time with God.

As I drove, I looked out over the fields and I saw it.  Nearly every morning, the fog hovers over the fields, almost touching the grass and crops that grow.  In the distance beyond a row of trees, there is a river, and I could almost see the water glistening in the silver moonlight. Continue reading



It’s fall in Cincinnati… the leaves are starting to burst in color, the mornings are cool, and it’s time for hoodies and boots.  Even the sky has changed. The hazy skies of summer are gone, leaving behind a brilliant shade of blue.

I had planned to run errands last Saturday morning and my son wanted to tag along.  He woke before I did, and I sleepily told him that he should wear pants instead of shorts because it was chilly out… and then I bolted awake with this thought:  I bet nothing from last fall and winter fits him! Continue reading

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First Day of School (My Thoughts on Surrender…)

Part of learning to live right now is learning to surrender.

And surrender is hard.  So hard.  Interestingly, even writing about it is hard.

It seems like lately my life has been one moment of surrender after another.  It’s becoming more and more obvious to me that God really wants me to trust Him and Him alone, because He has asked me to surrender some pretty big things (to me), things that I maybe had more faith in than Him.  He is teaching me that I need have full confidence and trust in Him alone, and not in these other things. Continue reading

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Who Do You Say I Am?

There is a point in Jesus’ ministry where he asks His disciples a question:  “Who do the people say I am?”  The disciples reply with a variety of answers.  And then Jesus asks the more important question:  “Who do YOU say I am?”

Interestingly, I have found myself at a place where I am asking God the very same question.  I’m asking, “God, who do YOU say I am?” Continue reading

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A Letter to My Kids (and ALL of Us)

My child,

Do you know what you are worth to me?  Do you know how much I love you?

I open my arms as wide as I can, and say “I love you THIS much!”, or I say “I love you to the moon (and back)!”  That’s really not even a fraction of how much I love you, but it is the best way I can help you understand. Continue reading

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Stop Shaking My Snow Globe!

Ok – so confession time! I don’t like change. No, that’s not true… I actually think I HATE change. I hate change the way oil hates water. I don’t want anything to do with it. Please don’t make me interact with it. I will do anything to avoid it.

Over the past 6 weeks or so, a lot of really big things in my life have changed.

It’s not been like “I’m going to rearrange the furniture” kind of change. It’s more like “move into a whole new house in a whole new country” kind of change. Big, major changes. Continue reading