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10 life lessons I can rely on during these troubling times

  Hello? Hi readers. I miss you. I miss blogging. I miss writing. Some day I'll come back and I'll tell you all about these missing months, the treasures gleaned, the gift of the writing-silence, and why it was hard. But, for now, I'm just poking my head out to say hello, and share with you a little piece that ...

An Invitation to Make Space for Jesus this Advent

  Since I became a mother, I have learned to consider Advent in a way I never grasped before. If Christmas is the season of celebration, Advent is the season of preparation, of anticipation. Who better to teach us than a mother? Mary, the young girl given the overwhelming task of bringing God’s child into the ...

An Invitation to Choose the Better Thing

This morning I sat in my bed and listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Pray As You Go. On the crazy mornings, the ones where I don’t wake up early enough (read: 5:45) to pray in the quiet and I feel the sting of leaving the house at 7:15 to get the kids to school (WHY? WHY DO WE LEAVE THE HOUSE AT 7:15???), the Pray ...

An Invitation to Make Vows, Imperfectly

    This past Sunday I was ordained an elder in my church. Though it’s the first time I’ve mentioned it here, the process of becoming an elder has been a year in the making. I’ve been training and praying about this decision since last September. I could talk about what led me to this point: how ...

An Invitation to Extend Hospitality Toward God’s Voice

  Last week I rediscovered some good words from one of my favorite Benedictines, Macrina Weiderkehr, in her book Abide, that beautiful devotional of hers I keep mentioning around here. She writes this:   “Is it possible to extend hospitality to the Word of God and remain unchanged? We offer hospitality ...

An Invitation to Choose Rest

I have a hard time answering people who ask me how writing and releasing my first book has been. I know what I ought to say, what others are hoping I’ll say: That it’s been a dream, that I’m so grateful, that it’s been an incredible life experience. And maybe my hesitation to say so proves my lack of gratitude. ...

An invitation to grow up into grace

  Listen, I have a gift. I can make up some killer preschool songs. Like, if you’re a three-year-old who lives in my house and you say to me, “Mommy, sing a song about “ooogly wally offos in my socks,” I may actually belt a song that goes:   There are Ooogly Wally Offos in my socks! Not in my ...