Summer wasn’t what I expected this year. It held some surprises, some study, and a crazy-big bunch of slowness. Despite a diminished speed of motion, I’m realizing there was still a lot to glean from this season of Sabbath. No.1 I need creative outlets AND rest Being creative, whether this looks like writing, taking pictures, … Read moreWhat I’m Learning—Summer Edition 2019
Photo credit: Lisa Stellmach Delighted to be guest posting today over at Pamela Henkelman’s blog! Pamela asked us to share a story of “refining fire”, a time in life where God burned away something old and brought forth something new. I had this old one stashed away; the memories are still fresh, and the lesson … Read moreWhat I Learned About God From My Newborn
Recently a woman sat down at the next table in a restaurant where I had slipped off to do some writing work. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that she bowed her head for a few seconds before digging into her meal. An idea hit me, and a few minutes later, I … Read moreWhat Is My Identity in Christ?
I love the word “community.” It explains itself—break it down, and you come away with “common unity.” Simply put, a community is one that is united around a shared interest, focus, value, or goal. We all need, and want, community. Every person’s definition of community truly is unique, but in the end it tallies up … Read more7 Steps For Building Community
I pushed the keyboard away, frustrated. The words were jerking and jolting forward, then dropping dead on the page. I got up and roamed the house, grabbing an empty dish here, shelving a stray toy there. It wasn’t my body that felt weary, but my mind, and my soul. Ever since we’d come back from … Read moreA Slow Summer Sabbath
“In the beginning, God created…” These are the first words of the Bible, and the first thing God chose to tell us about himself: he makes things. One of the next things we know about God is that he made us, people, in his own likeness. So God created manin his own image;he created him … Read moreA Shout-Out to Your Creativity
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I was honored to have this essay accepted for the Kindred Mom Healthy Soul series, published in April, 2019. Kindred Mom is an online community of women dedicated to helping moms thrive in, and celebrate the small victories of, messy and beautiful motherhood. “What would you know about a healthy soul?” my inner critic hisses as I sit … Read moreWhat I Need to Remember When My Soul is Sick