what I’ve been reading: the hundred story home

I wasn’t sure I wanted to sign up for reading a book about homelessness. I thought it might just make me feel guilty. How glad I am to be wrong about The Hundred Story Home. This book is the story of one woman’s reluctant obedience to a God she wasn’t even sure was real. This…

daily rhythms.

I’m working to create more rhythms for us. My heart needs daily reminders of what is good and true, and I want those built into our day. These three little books are how we have been starting off our mornings lately. In Aaron Niequist’s excellent new book, The Eternal Current, he talks about talking about…

learning to love my anger.

Have you ever had the Lord show you the same truth again and again? At first, it showed up in a book, but then there it was again in a podcast, and then in my writing group. And again in another book. I try hard to listen with this happens. I don’t want to dismiss…

what I’ve been reading: August 2018

When God’s Ways Make No Sense “Counterfeit Christianity has its appeal. It assures me that the good I want is the good God will do. I can therefore trust God for the outcome I pray for. Genuine Christianity tells me something different. I can pray for the good I want. God will hear me, and…

5 things for 5 years: fully seen.

We just celebrated our anniversary this July. I can hardly believe it’s been five years; five full years that feel overflowing with the hard and good, grace and suffering, joy and grief, dreams buried and dreams come true. Five years feels significant in a way I wanted to celebrate and reflect on. I love lists,…

5 things for 5 years: the weight of a name

We just celebrated our anniversary this July. I can hardly believe it’s been five years; five full years that feel overflowing with the hard and good, grace and suffering, joy and grief, dreams buried and dreams come true. Five years feels significant in a way I wanted to celebrate and reflect on. I love lists,…

what I’ve been reading: Courage, Dear Heart

“Christ is strong enough for your fear too, so if you feel weak right now, I hope you won’t be ashamed of your weakness. Life can be scary, especially if you love big, and it can be difficult to see how frightening times will ever be purposeful. The dialogue surrounding fear in some religious communities…

the spiritual discipline of a sandwich.

This is one of my spiritual disciplines right now- eating a real lunch. I’m not sure when it happened but somewhere in the transition to two children, I stopped making myself eat a real lunch. I’d still eat something, but it was more snacking than anything. I was making do with a quick bite or…

5 things for 5 years: married to my friend

We just celebrated our anniversary this July. I can hardly believe it’s been five years; five full years that feel overflowing with the hard and good, grace and suffering, joy and grief, dreams buried and dreams come true. Five years feels significant in a way I wanted to celebrate and reflect on. I love lists,…

what I’ve been reading: the eternal current

If you’re someone who feels disequilibrium with the church as an institution, or if you’re wondering why you feel burned out from church activities, this is the book for you. If you still desire to grow with other people who love Jesus and want to experience more of the Kingdom of God, this is the…

what feels unproductive.

“What feels unproductive, is in fact, part of the work. Contemplation is a necessary part of the creative process. How can one write about what one hasn’t considered?” –Kris Camealy (from her recent July newsletter, which I highly recommend signing up for.) I’m working to trust the truth of these words today. With an exhausting…

what I’ve been reading: this must be the place

This book surprised me. It was deep and thought provoking. It spanned a few decades, offering perspectives from a myriad of characters, telling the story of a couple. It was nuanced and dynamic. I was totally hooked on finding out more about what happened with these very flawed, very real characters and their family. Plus,…