the invitation to celebrate

Sometimes I talk myself out of fun or celebration because of the work it will add. I think of the extra cleaning or dishes or needed supplies and wonder if it will be worth the effort. And sometimes that is worth listening to. My exhaustion rises to the surface and I need gentleness in the…

this is a good body

This is a good body, I whisper to myself as I pull on shorts and see my legs on display on this hot summer day. You have a good body, I say inside my head, as I take in person after person in their bathing suits as we all come to enjoy the beauty of…

sermons without words

I grew up believing that the sermons that mattered were words. The things you said were the things that counted in your faith. Could you field questions and doubts and speak answers when asked for them? Did you know the right things to pray or the right words to help someone become a Christian? I…

Enneagram resources for anyone wanting to grow 🌱

“Focusing on God while failing to know ourselves deeply may produce an external form of piety, but it will always leave a gap between appearance and reality.” -David Benner  I truly believe that creating space to look at what is true about ourselves creates space to know the Lord better. As I’ve looked at my…

“you won’t like hearing it.”

I used to be scared to be honest with myself, let alone the Lord. I was uncomfortable of what might be true in my own heart and what might come to the surface. I’ve grown in my honesty and tolerance for discomfort. What a gift to be invited deeper into the truth of the Lord…

be gentler, even gentler.

I wrote these lines as part of a poem last March and they keep returning to me as the Lord invites me to new layers of gentleness. I see how my gentleness towards myself runs out quickly. It only feels enough for a few bad moments before I’m harsh with myself again. Be gentler, even…