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On Finding and Being Found . . . I’m guest posting at (in)courage today

This is our story. How sometimes the finding happens in the ordinary, everyday places. This is our story of grace dispensed in the mundane of our lives. And there, in our weaknesses, our frailties—our daily work of stuffing the laundry into the dryer and searching for a parking space, pushing our kids in the grimy, ...

some FOUND outtakes, vol. 5

January, Epiphany “The way of the monk and the path of the artist are teachers of slowness, of savoring, of seeing the world below surfaces.” -Christine Valters Painter I’m at the grocery store when I miss a call from August’s teacher. I get the voicemail as soon as I load all the groceries into the trunk ...

some FOUND outtakes, vol. 4

Late August – Ordinary Time August’s tiny room has one spot for a crib and that spot provides him a perfect angle for flicking on the light switch. He’s had a cough for the past week that has been waking him in the middle of the night. And in his happy, wakened state, he’s been figuring he might as well turn on ...

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 ...

FOUND outtakes, vol. 2

A few weeks ago, I shared a chapter from Found that was cut in the final editing process. Here's another chance to read some of my outtakes. I was sad to slice out this section because it talks about Michael Casey's idea of the "relentness sameness" of everyday life. I love that phrase and I'm still asking myself these ...

When the joy runs out (a guest post for Rachel Held Evans)

  Thanks for all the cheers and the love and the messages and texts and tweets and posts yesterday, dear readers. I was overwhelmed by and so grateful for this community. It was a good day. Today I'm over at Rachel Held Evans blog sharing a bit of my journey into a new way of experiencing prayer. What happens ...

some FOUND outtakes, vol. 1

Last week, in a piece I wrote over at antler (On Writing: Ego, Insecurity, and the Life of the Beloved) I mentioned the 14,000 (or so) words I wrote in the making of Found. And the 7,500 of those words that I cut. Some of those chopping sessions were a bit more painful than others. Some felt like shedding a jacket when I'd ...