a simple Immanuel prayer.

Jesus, where are you with me today? I prayed this with my body shaking, my stomach in knots. He answered with the image of a shield, as I prepared to join the Zoom call. He helped me imagine him between me and those accusing me on the other side of the screen. They would have…

Company in the waiting: 6 Advent resources for you

I used to feel pressure from Advent, as though creating space for the Lord or doing Advent readings was just one more thing to do in a busy season. But since then, I’ve become gentler to myself here. I don’t want just one more thing to do. I want something that helps me quiet my…

some of my fall 2020 reads.

I’m looking back at what I’ve been reading this fall, and noticing that I’ve mostly been drawn to YA and historical fiction. Here’s my reviews for those plus a nonfiction read, and one I’m tucking away for the future. The Ballad of Songbirds + Snakes I was worried this one would just be a money…

a recent joy-bringer.

The simple act of making jars of sun tea is bringing so much joy these days. I love letting my kids pick out their own tea flavor in the morning, filling their jar with water and letting them take it to a sunny spot. They are my delight teachers, as they notice and celebrate the…

10 books to tell you about.

I’m so grateful for all the books I get to read. It truly is such a privilege. In this season, I felt so much slower reading and reviewing non-fiction, but I couldn’t NOT tell you about these 10 gems. Handle With Care How I loved this book. Every chapter felt like a much needed conversation…

10 things I’ve learned lately.

10 things I’ve learned lately 1. A day off of my phone every week is such a GIFT. I’m so grateful my husband has agreed to do this every week since quarantine started with me. I need the accountability, and it is so freeing to put screens away for the day and enjoy our family…