trading pressure for invitations

I grew up hearing about quiet times, preferably in the morning, to experience God. I used to think that this was one of the only valid ways to show up with the Lord. I came away with pressure to perform and guilt for when I failed to do so. I used to carry lots of…

a poem for March 3, 2021

the crack of melting ice the flow of the stream the squelch of mud the sun is slowing pulling back the covers of snow revealing the transition beginning spring is coming, gently, slowly, one ice crackle one inch of mud one bird call at a time yet with my own thaws and transitions my own…

avocado redemption.

I made avocado toast for New Year’s Eve (highly recommend sprinkling it with everything bagel seasoning) and couldn’t help but notice the contrast in these avocados. One is everything one could hope for an avocado to be. The other is the epitome of a terrible avocado. I can appreciate why people are eager to bid…

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 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…