what it takes to listen to your own soul.

December 26th. That’s my favorite part of Christmas, she told me. I had a conversation with a stranger this week where she confessed that her favorite part of Christmas was when it was all over. When there weren’t gifts to buy or places to be. When there weren’t any more expectations for how things were…

when Christmas calls for an act of defiance.

It feels like Christmas is coming at an inconvenient time, as my heart is wrestling with difficult things and certain relationships feel in tatters. (Anyone else?) Dear friends are sick or in the pain of their own broken relationships. Our world is hurting and sometimes I can barely stand to find out what has been…

when Christmas is the wilderness holiday.

I thought I would need to do a brave thing this week. I’ve spent weeks in prayer over it, asking for the Lord to get my heart ready. But as it got closer, there were setbacks, outside of my control. My heart felt devastated to discover that instead of movement and what felt like progress,…

7 early winter favorites.

These are some everyday things I’m loving right now. They are bringing such joy to these late fall/early winter days*. *I always want to call the time after Thanksgiving “winter,” even though my inner-calendar-loving heart knows we still have a few weeks until the winter solstice. This year, I’m just embracing that I think of…