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  • Why You Really Matter: An Anthem for Women

    On Monday, February 10 th, 2014
    The gorgeous woman that had stood up there on stage with the microphone? Yeah, she hikes up the side of her shirt to show the whole crowd of us how her white thigh spills thick over the elasticized waist of her pants. And I’m sitting there wanting to know what Jesus thinks of women. “I’ve been
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  • How to Live when Life Just Hurts [#TheJesusProject3]

    On Thursday, January 30 th, 2014
    The logic took on skin. The Logos, the Logic, the Word, the Lord, moved right into the neighbourhood, moved right on into the house. What are the chances that He’d get right up under my skin? An old girl can hope? Pray? Both. Both would be good. They say a bunch of them have seen
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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
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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 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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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
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