On Raising Support

Once again we find ourselves raising support, a process designed to terrify the most hardy souls. But it's good, it really is, it's so good! What follows is nothing new if you've read my book, but it's a great reminder for me. (I find I need to preach the truth to myself time to time,... Continue Reading →

Moving Sidewalks

You know that moment when you're racing through the airport to catch a plane and you decide to take advantage of the moving sidewalk? Suddenly your right foot and your left foot aren't coordinating quite right and your arms are windmilling and you hear that cartoon cowbell sound they always play just before the crash.... Continue Reading →

Bucket O’ Summer

So, people. I have just realized that our summer will be crashing to a close in exactly six weeks. Six. Weeks. That is 42 blessed, lazy days until we are right back to the Pledge of Allegiance and algebra. Sigh. I am trying my best to stay 29 forever, but the calendar conspires. Still, there... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of Trinity: A Prayer

#AtTheRiskOfHolyRolling   Dear Lord, What if, when You left the mission of Your life in the hands of Your disciples, You’d also given them the indwelling power of God? What if ordinary believers were inhabited, infused, with Your creative force and unstoppable, fearless love? What if You crafted a personalized purpose for every Christian, and... Continue Reading →

Just Mercy

I just finished reading Bryan Stevenson’s bestseller, Just Mercy, and I find myself unsure what to think. Not unsure whether it was a good book—it was. Not questioning the moral imperative for justice and mercy in equal measures, or doubtful whether these apply to me, middle-aged mom though I am. I am perplexed, I think,... Continue Reading →

Sweet old dog.

Last week we had another Marley and Me moment, saying goodbye quite unexpectedly to our sweet old collie, Scout. I say “another” moment, because it’s the third time in eight years we’ve gone through this particular grind of grief; less, surely, than a two-legged loss, but a knock-the-wind-out-of-you pain all the same. Our dogs, one... Continue Reading →

Prayer for all the Mamas

Dear Lord, I have so much to do today. And each of the seemingly simple tasks opens up like an onion with a million layers. You know how I'm prone to panic, Lord, at the busyness, at the clock. So "teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom."... Continue Reading →

A Spiritual Personality Test

Before there was Enneagram or Myers-Briggs, there was Jesus. When a stickler for rule-keeping asked him (prosaically) about the most important rule of all, Jesus' answer went so far above and beyond that it could easily answer a dozen (better) questions. Let's see. What is God looking for from humans? What is the key to... Continue Reading →

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