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Doing Thanks

  • When Life is Short & the World Feels Mad

    On Monday, August 18 th, 2014
    The woman with her head shorn and worn bare like a polished pearl, she sits at the window. At the window at the back of the house by the trees, where the light found her through the willing leaves, and she sits and lets the needles in her hands, hour after hour, knit right into
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  • What We & Our Kids Need to Know About the Work – Life Balance & How to Thrive

    On Tuesday, August 12 th, 2014
    Our Miz Hope-girl, she kicked me out of the kitchen, out of the house, while she made the cake. While the girl grinds up flour, I go out to wheat fields. Ride a few rounds with the kid in the tractor. While he tells me about all the mistakes he made, tells me about how
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  • A bit of Instructions on How to Live a Good Life: How to be an Artist, a Parent, a Creative, a Dreamer

    On Monday, June 23 rd, 2014
    So you asked how? I’ve been thinking about your question, the one you asked the other day, about how — how to be an artist, a mother, a creative, about how to live your life? I don’t know much. And there’s a lot more than just this. But maybe it’s a bit of how Mary
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  • When You Need Mother’s Day Gift that’s Honest, Powerful & Healing [Free Printable]

    On Monday, April 28 th, 2014
    She keeps it by her Bible. Clay shaped by hands, a pottery jar, there on the kitchen table, always there by her Bible, both open for the taking. I don’t ask her about it. At the end of a phone call, late spring, leaves unfurling, Mama brings it up. “Ann… the jar.” I pause at
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  • The Real Root of Brokenness that We Forget to Talk About [or When You Want to Turn Your Life Around]

    On Monday, March 03 rd, 2014
    It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty. The Farmer splits
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  • The Real Secret to Being Healthy: Multivitamins for Your Weekend

    On Saturday, February 22 nd, 2014
    So, the last two days, I’ve been struggling with this hounding fever, this sickness chilling up the underside of bones. And hey, who knows if you pick up something when you walk through slums, when you step over sewage and the bloated bones of who knows what – a dog? a rat? the bones of
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  • Don’t Read This. But READ THIS. Because WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THIS would happen?

    On Thursday, February 20 th, 2014
    So there’s this 19-year-old cutter who laid down the blade in her hand and brandished a pen. And Mrs. Stoope, this 78-year-old Michigan grandma who has seven sons, her hair wrapped up in a white bun and has this Bic blue list she’s scrawled in her own hand, numbered now up over 10,000 graces. She
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  • When You’re Desperate for More Than Barely Surviving Your Life

    On Monday, January 20 th, 2014
    On Saturday night when the snow falls large, like feathers from heaven’s tick, I kneel in the muck of the barn and milk a sow. Rub her udder, warm and swollen right heavy round, nudge at the vessel fullness of her, and wait for her drip. Wait for the sticky whiteness of her dripping sweet,
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  • How to Put One Foot in Front of the Other

    On Wednesday, November 13 th, 2013
    Some guy I ran into said you should walk through life as though your feet are kissing the earth. I tell him he really shouldn’t use the word should. Yeah, the irony of that is not lost on me. But, hey, neither is the sharp edge of his point: The week that a couple thousands
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  • How to have the best Birthday, the Best Today, the Best Any Day… *Updated with Printable of List

    On Wednesday, August 14 th, 2013
    So, yeah, first, you may start out slightly depressed. Or a lot. Like the dark’s got you in a chokehold. Like there’s some black numbness hardening up on the inside of you and you couldn’t care a rat’s bony hind leg if the sun ever shows its face again or if you eat again, carbs,
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  • 40 Things You Need to Know Before You’re 40 . . . . Letters to a Woman Mid-Way

    On Tuesday, April 30 th, 2013
    Dear Self, Look, you have only got so many days till your midway. Till you’ve heard almost half the morning doves you ever will. Felt the sun on your face half as many chances as you’ll have, laughed half as many times as you’ll ever know — and who knows, maybe most of your God-blessed
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  • Because His Daughters’ Hearts Beat with His

    On Wednesday, February 27 th, 2013
    I’m still ringing with yesterday’s heart cry: Gratitude has never failed to radicalize the radically grateful  and when you are radically grateful for what you have, you will go to radical lengths to share it and when you’re overwhelmed with the goodness of God to you — you overflow with the goodness of God to others. Fire in the belly can come
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