Author Archives: danalynnb

Some words about politics and loving Jesus

Oh dang. The crazy that ensued on my Facebook wall yesterday. It was somethin’ else, y’all. For any of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, suffice it to say that I shared a very thoughtful (non-inflammatory — or at least, I didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Ministry, Politics, Presence, Uncategorized, Unity within the Church | 12 Comments

On Needing Help {or: Life’s hard. Play Mario Kart.}

I never title a post before I write it. Except, apparently, for when I do. I’ve had this post title sitting here alone in my WordPress Chrome tab, blank screen looming, and I’ve been straight up procrastinating — also known as aimlessly … Continue reading

Posted in Learning Authenticity, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, risk, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 11 Comments

Some Stuff I Haven’t Told You {in which I get real and update you on our boy}

Isaac’s anxiety is more pronounced these days. It’s not quite as intense as it was a year ago, but it’s leaning somewhat in that direction lately. Did I ever tell you guys what last summer was like for us? Bless my … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 19 Comments

Every Side of His Face

Running shoes on and earbuds ready to roll, I step out my front door. It’s late June, and the evening air is muggy for my beloved, typically-dry-ish Colorado. Instrumental piano music is my soundtrack for my workout time tonight. It … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Presence, Travel, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

If Your Heart Hurts this Mother’s Day {a few things I’d say if we could do coffee}

I awake early to sit here and wait in the predawn quiet, my littles still snug in their beds, and a hundred or so passions burning all at once in my soul. And out of those hundred burning thoughts, this … Continue reading

Posted in adoption, Celebrations, Grief and Loss, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

on epic beauty, searing loss, and a wholehearted life

I’m not planning on writing Sunday evening when I make my way back from my walk by the river and flip open my li’l Mac on the table at “my” Starbucks. But for the first time in a solid month, words flood … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 7 Comments

in which I go ahead and say All The Stuff, because everything that can be shaken will be

I click the WordPress “new post” button and my stomach does a flip. I take a deep breath and will my heart rate to slow. I don’t know what to say. So many thoughts, so much happening in my heart, … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Confidence in God, Creativity, leadership, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Music, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, Worship Leader Guts | 8 Comments

special needs parenting is hard. sitting still is harder.

The on-hold music goes quiet at the precise moment that I lose my cool. The kids have been chasing, climbing, pushing — mostly laughing but occasionally crossing the line between roughhousing and fighting, for a solid 15 minutes, and I’m not sure what I’m thinking, … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Attending to His Presence, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Marriage, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting | 15 Comments

in which I’m {still} learning not to play small {or: thoughts after last night’s counseling session}

Somewhere around 15 inches of snow have blanketed the Denver area over the last few days. The kids and I (and even Stan, who worked from home the last couple of days to avoid a slow, slippery, snow-packed commute) spent … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Confidence in God, Creativity, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, risk | 5 Comments

on social media politics and the Father’s heart

So. My Facebook wall has been an interesting place lately. If you’ve lurked around my page in recent weeks, you’ve likely witnessed some intense conversations. Full-on arguments even, complete with a small handful of accusations and insults that’ve made my jaw drop in … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, leadership, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Presence | 6 Comments