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An Invitation into the Spacious Ordinary

                                                          It’s a Saturday afternoon. Brooksie’s napping and Chris is upstairs vacuuming. August has wandered downstairs to see what I’m up to. I’m sitting cross-legged on the carpet folding clothes. He joins me. “Mommy, how do you fold ...

Who has it hardest? (A Mother’s Day post)

Is motherhood harder for a movie star than for a mom who works 9 to 5?   A whole month ago (which is like, 15 years in Internet-time), Gwyneth Paltrow turned more than a few heads when, in an interview with ENews, she explained that being a mother who works fourteen hour days on a movie set is more difficult than ...

An Invitation to Live Quietly

  I pushed my cart through Trader Joe’s, my littlest one eating his lunch in the child seat, the way we do every Monday after he gets out of preschool. We moved past the veggies and fresh fruits and I reached for bag of carrots and thought about Twitter. I thought about what I should be doing on Twitter. I thought about ...

An Invitation to Slow Work

  At the Festival of Faith and Writing I happily found myself in a session titled “Slow Reading.” I joked to a couple of friends on my way to the session that my whole reason for going was to make myself feel better about my inability to read anything half as fast as most of my peers. It’s true. I’m a slow ...

An Invitation to live the Easter joy

The longer I’ve been celebrating and walking through the calendar of the Church, the more I’ve noticed a tendency in me (and, I imagine, in many of us) to feel more at home in the seasons of  repentance and preparation than in the seasons of celebration. I'm actually not all that sure how to practice the joy and ...

An Invitation to be Restored

On Sunday my pastor preached on the passage of Peter’s denial of Jesus from John 18. And he said something that I’ve never once considered when I’ve looked at this particular part of the crucifixion story. It makes no logical sense to include this story of Peter’s failure. After all, the book of John was ...

An Invitation to Serve Anyway

I am living one of the busiest seasons of my life right now. As we speak. I tinkered with my book for four years before I got a book deal. And during the fifteen months since then, I slammed myself into it. My days have been a whirlwind of trying to find the time and the childcare to meet writing deadlines. I wrote it. ...