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  • Why the Best Response to Life, the Holidays, Anything is: Yada, Yada, Yada

    On Monday, November 11 th, 2013
    ‘Whatever.” The Wednesday morning before turkey and pie and black Friday flyers, I wake up to this smothering of fog and this teen muttering it through the kitchen: “Whatever.” And what do you say but that’s not quite the way to start off the day, and he shrugs his shoulders and slams the bathroom door
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  • Why Thanksgiving is Subversive {and How to Have the Best Thanksgiving Yet}

    On Monday, November 04 th, 2013
    Mama can kick leaves in the woods like she’s tearing back the crumpled paper wrapped over the surface of things. She walks with a stick. She dragged it out from under some maple saplings. And then she pins that trail under her right down. Like there’s no loud and flippant way she’s letting anything make
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  • The Number 1 Way to Really Find Your Real Self

    On Thursday, October 31 st, 2013
    … as this #31Days series, Missing Him, draws to a close — something a bit different, just for today, to put us in a vertical space with Him. There’s this prayer to Him….there is just the beginning: Wherever I am, I’ll be all here, because You are I AM . You fill the present moment
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  • What Everyone Wants More Than Anything Else:
    Let the Blessing Revolution Begin

    On Monday, October 28 th, 2013
    So the boy flicks on the light at 4:30 am and whispers it ridiculously loud, “Mom? Apple Crumble? Am I going to get apple crumble before I go or not?” Yeah, sure thing. Apple crumble at 4:30 am. Definitely, boy. I’m on it. Because that was the deal and I was the one who lost
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  • How to Practice the Presence of God {pt. 1}

    On Tuesday, October 08 th, 2013
    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?}   That’s the way it goes — It can all keep coming like tidal waves – the hours like this pounding, relentless surf that keeps slamming you, that just keeps wearing you down. It’s strange: it only takes this
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  • Why You Never Stop Being Needed

    On Friday, September 06 th, 2013
    The plan was supposed to be that we would take him west. That he’d turn 18 and go west. That we’d pack up his room, his dog-earred G.A. Henty books, that thinning and scratchy red wool blanket of my grandmother that’s laid at the foot of his bed, the oiled painting that he was given
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  • The Horse Principle: 1 Truth that Will Get You Through the Hard Days Again & Again

    On Monday, August 19 th, 2013
    When that window shattered into 7 billion pieces, a sliver stuck my heart and maybe a sliver is all we ever have? It wasn’t so much that our farm boy had turned the tractor too sharp. It wasn’t that he’d backed the tractor into the auger of the wagon hitched behind him. It wasn’t even
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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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  • When You are Broken: The Now-Traumatic Disorder of Everyday Life

    On Thursday, August 08 th, 2013
    They sell anti-aging cream to women like us. And Spanx. And glossy checkout line headliners that splay this shock that over 40-something women can still startlingly turn heads — as if having no wrinkle lines in your skin is somehow an accomplishment of galactic proportions and worthy of worship – and you can just be
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  • When You feel Like You Never Belong …

    On Friday, July 19 th, 2013
    That was it : That for all her yearning to belong – What she wanted was someone to long to be with her. … Belonging wasn’t about some club, or cool clique, or country — belonging was about Christ. Who never stopped longing to be with her…   So no matter how many days she felt
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  • How to Keep up the Fight for Joy:

    On Monday, July 08 th, 2013
    The ring Sara sent me in June, it didn’t fit on my middle finger. Sara had wore it on her middle finger — until the ring’s sterling silver weight had made her enflamed knuckles burn. That’s when she wound it off slow, slipped in an envelope and had her grocery lady drop it off at
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  • Why You Are Where You Are: For Such a Time as Now

    On Tuesday, June 18 th, 2013
    It’s like the skin of this place is red. Everywhere, red soil sheathes things, like hardly under the surface of Africa’s dirt is her heart. Like you could scratch your toe here and feel the pulse of what’s alive. Everywhere here is a thin place. We drive red roads to meet Anna. We pass bicycles
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