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  • How to Live When You Only Have So Much Time Left [Pt. 1]

    On Monday, January 27 th, 2014

    Yeah, who knows how long we’ve got? Somebody answer us that. Somebody get up on your tipsy soapbox and wring just that out of a grimy, holy world. Flip over your neat little nursing chart and scan the scans of our broken hearts that somehow just keep on beating brave and you run your finger along all the fracture lines and just tell us that — how long have we got. ...

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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, the snow piling without a sound on the roof. When I’m bent over her udder wi...

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  • How to Cure Burn Out

    On Tuesday, January 14 th, 2014

    So this rabid symphony lover invites me to a concert, a box seat, up over the orchestra. It’s cold. Chicago in January. The violinists warm up. The whole northern hemisphere keeps trying to warm up. From anywhere in the building, you can see the guy up front, the conductor. Somebody’s ironed his black threads pretty smooth. His hair – not so much. It’s this perfect...

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  • A Grace Plan: A Doable Life-Change Plan for a New Year, A New You: With Printable

    On Tuesday, December 31 st, 2013

    So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.  So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than yours, and make a place for it on...

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  • What We Need to Really Breathe

    On Wednesday, December 11 th, 2013

    Six times my mama lies in ER this past week, waiting news. Good doctors can have degrees and no answers. My sister gives up long days and advocates on knees and in waiting rooms and Mama and her, they sing hymns and drown out clocks and fears. I rub Mama’s feet during the short nights and the late watches. I massage the bare weary arch of her feet and I tell her that I...

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  • Ending the Stealing of Thanksgiving: A Parable

    On Monday, November 25 th, 2013

    So there once was this Farmer. Yeah, he could have been an electrician, a mechanic, a vet — and a story like this could have easily been about a salesman, a mother, a nurse, a teacher, a trucker because we’re all kin with stories that are kind of the same and we’re all the same kind of different. So, yeah, there once was this Farmer — and the guy knew dirt. He had dirt....

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  • How the Hidden Dangers of Comparison are Killing Us … {and Our Daughters} : The Measuring Stick Principle

    On Wednesday, November 06 th, 2013

    When our Hope-girl came in and sat at the foot of our bed, I knew she was looking for a way to stand. “So what am I supposed to do now?” I gathered her long hair in my hands, gathered her mane all in one long strand and twisted it slow, around and around, as if I could make a rope for a girl to hold on to. “Hon, there will always be people who see the world in measuring s...

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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 with Your grace, the only air not toxic to breathe. You fil...

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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 the deal, so c’mon, roll like a barrel over the Falls and get yourself outta bed, girl. ...

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  • IF: You are Hungry for Something More

    On Monday, October 14 th, 2013

    Sometimes you wanna go where no one knows your name or cares about names — but they know the contours of your soul. Somewhere where no one cares who anyone’s name is, or what letters they have behind it or if it’s been in big lights. But they care where you’ve been and where you’re going and how you are becoming your real name, who you really are, ...

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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 one purposed moment to step back from the edg...

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  • When You’re Missing being Loved

    On Monday, October 07 th, 2013

    ‘Each wheat head is full this year —- large. Like that year when you were in France.” He pulls out a long, slender stalk — shows me the wheat kernels filled out right to the end. France? The wheat, out past the barn and to the north, it sways in mid-summer’s wind. Heads bowed, the fields sing like a hymn. We’ll roll in the combine today, let the streams of wheat...

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