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There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.

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Featured: Homesick

When I was young, I was often homesick. I hated sleepovers and called my folks to pick me up before the fun started. I despised Girl Scout camps and feigned illness to escape. I didn't like being away from home; it left me with an ache in my soul I couldn't put words to. I […]

Let the darkness descend

And so we begin the march toward the shortest day of the year; the darkness descends. Let it come this year; don't fight it. Instead, light the candles early and often. Find a way to create a warm glow in your home, no matter how humble. And let the dark outside remind you that the […]


And now, we rest. Leftovers tucked away in the fridge. Kitchen tidied a bit. Perhaps we have bid a fond farewell to our guests. And unless we are already shopping for Christmas, we can simply rest. But in order to do so, we must fight the messages that resound both inside and outside ourselves. All […]


Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I hope today finds you enjoying your people; family or friends, or both. After a season of many being unable to gather, this year seems especially sweet. Finally, we can drive each other crazy in person again! There will be joy, yes. There will likely be laughter and a few tears. There […]

the only prayer you ever say

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” —Meister Eckhart We make prayer (and life) too complicated. I love how Eckhart boils it all down to "thank you." For what can we say "thank you" to God this week? We who live in the wealthiest […]

Forgive each other

#1 on my Top 10 List is ... Forgive each other. If there is one thing that can save family relationships, hold marriages together, heal old wounds and protect new wounds from festering it is the simple, yet costly act of forgiveness. I love how Jesus puts it when his followers ask him how to […]

The Christmas mom swore a little ...

Ok, one last little bit of hard-earned wisdom about the power of laughter in the parent-adult child system, especially around the volatile holiday season. One Christmas I ruined everything by trying too hard. WAY too hard … My daughter was bringing home a new boyfriend. My brother and his family were coming for Christmas Eve […]

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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

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