Five Minute Friday: Gentle

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Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. when I trip over the truthyouare my soft place to land when betrayal has bruised my soulyoubring the balm when fear speeds through my veinsyouteach me to breathe again … Read moreFive Minute Friday: Gentle

Five Minute Friday: Savor

pink pear tree blooms

Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. Like most words chosen at the beginning of 2020, mine seemed ironic by the year’s midpoint.How do you “savor” a pandemic? Loneliness? Thousands of deaths?You don’t, of course.You savor … Read moreFive Minute Friday: Savor

Five Minute Friday: redeem

 Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. desperate this is the word that comes to mind when I watch usso uncomfortableconfronted by people’s painso panicked by the possibility of not understanding how the pieces fit together petrified to imaginea … Read moreFive Minute Friday: redeem

Five Minute Friday: Possible

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I’m trying something new for a bit. Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. i taste the quality of the word—texture switching from fullness to thin line of threaded hope what is possible? realists don’t dance … Read moreFive Minute Friday: Possible

Five Minute Friday: Enable

I’m trying something new for a bit. Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. God,You are good. I am grateful for your goodness, how it spreads, and sprouts, and multiplies. Enable me to let your goodness … Read moreFive Minute Friday: Enable

Five MInute Friday: Observant

two pairs of shoes against a green scenic background

I’m trying something new for a bit. Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles. Observant What does my body know? This is a question I’m training myself to ask in moments of stress, anxiety, … Read moreFive MInute Friday: Observant

3 Mindsets That Help Me Experience the Presence of God

Early in my walk with God, I read a lot of articles or book chapters with headings similar to the title of this post. Most commenced with a lengthy list of prerequisites for God’s presence. Fervent desire. Purity. Self-abasement. Or, questions. Are you sinning? Do you really love God? Are you harboring desires for anything … Read more3 Mindsets That Help Me Experience the Presence of God

What I’m Learning—Summer Edition 2020

2020. The year we’ll never miss, yes? In order to fit in with everything else we’re experiencing, time has felt very weird. For instance – I have never known such long weeks in. my. life. But the months? The months seem to border on warp speed. It makes no sense, and I will not try … Read moreWhat I’m Learning—Summer Edition 2020

What To Do When Your Feelings Don’t Match Your Identity

On a Thursday last fall, I typed up a fairly short and simple email about feelings and identity. I sent it out to subscribers and didn’t think much about it—in fact, if you’d asked me, I wouldn’t have considered it one of the better emails I’ve written. But something in it resonated deeply with readers. … Read moreWhat To Do When Your Feelings Don’t Match Your Identity

Embracing Identity in Christ In A World Divided on Race

I felt the heaviness envelope me. 4:30 in the morning has its own kind of quiet, it’s own kind of weight. It carries its own brand of dreams and its own awakenings. As I fed and cuddled my three-month-old in the dimness of the darkened bedroom, I sensed a grief settle down on my shoulders … Read moreEmbracing Identity in Christ In A World Divided on Race