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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 ...

God has a surprise for you (Guest post at Her.menuetics)

Today I'm sharing the story of my prenatal diagnosis of Ace's Down syndrome, which I received exactly one year ago this week. I've been thinking about as my own "annunciation" of sorts, God showing up and letting me know that my life was about to change, all because of one little baby. Sound familiar? Here's a little ...

LectioCasting and Advent

Hey readers! It's officially Advent. I'll be back with some words on the season soon. But for now I'm directing you to my friend Daniel Kirk's lectionary podcast (aka "LectioCast"). Daniel is a New Testament scholar, author, and blogger. Each week on his podcast he chats with someone else (usually a theologian with ...

Good words for Thanksgiving

  "It is impossible to give thanks and simultaneously feel fear." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts   "[The] dinner party is a true proclamation of the abundance of being--a rebuke to the thrifty little idolatries by which we lose sight of the lavish hand that made us. It is precisely because no one needs soup, ...

When God Meets Us in the Wilderness

My friend Amber Haines released her book Wild in the Hollow this past summer. That Amber Haines can write gorgeous sentences. And her book's theme of how our desires point to the kingdom we serve has challenged me to go back to another friend's book. Jen Pollock Michel's Teach Us to Want is about the theology of ...

When the promises are in the distance, waiting to be welcomed home

  We’re way behind schedule when we walk in the door and I call out a litany of frantic mother phrases, “Shoes off! Hands washed! August-do-your-reading-for-ten-minutes!” while I lay Ace on the quilt in the living room and toss a couple of toys his way before starting dinner. Brooks is not happy about ...

Prayer is making a home. Prayer is expanding the universe.

  Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate ...