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  • How to Have What all Our Breaking Hearts Want Most this Father’s Day

    On Friday, June 13 th, 2014

    I sat with a man once – who told me about falling in love with a woman who was most alluring not in satin but in sweats, her hair undone and falling, laughing about something long ago, her head thrown back and her neck arching bare and lovely. That he couldn’t take his eyes off her when she was like that, vulnerable and unmasked, and maybe that’s what beauty is, the b...

  • Why You Really Have to Keep Falling in Love

    On Wednesday, April 09 th, 2014

    Stay in love. I tell the girl that in a hardly voice, the kind of voice that comes from a primal place. Though, truth be told, she tells me she doesn’t know if she had ever found that love place in the first place — which, yeah, makes it relatively hard to stay in love. “I don’t think I’ve ever loved Jesus. So I don’t know what it means to stay in love w...

  • The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men — and the Women who Live with Them: Redefining Boring

    On Friday, November 15 th, 2013

    So not every guy proposes with lip syncing, rolling cameras, and a choreographed entourage. Yeah —  so what if  your Dad didn’t? He just pulled that beat-up Volkswagon Rabbit of his over in front of Murray Reesor’s hundred acre farm right there where Grey Township meets Elma Township, pulled out a little red velvet box, and whispered it in the snowy dark: “Marry m...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • The Real Love Stories… and Why There Really Are No Blurred Lines

    On Friday, September 27 th, 2013

    It was the music pumping through the speakers at the optometrist’s that made me see you clearly for who you are. The lyrics kept thrumming loud when I was standing there with my thick glasses, waiting for the receptionist. Waiting there with the Mennonite woman in her netted white bonnet and purple flowers falling down the cotton front of her cape dress. And Robin Thicke ...

  • For All the World’s Children: Why We Need First-Responders, the Purple-Hearted, and the Brave

    On Wednesday, September 11 th, 2013

    You talk with a police offer on your last Sunday. Your last Sunday still living at home —  after the Preacher had said his Amen 10 minutes before noon, you walk up to one of the guys milling around with these smooth stones of small talk out in the chapel foyer – and you up and ask the cop how to shine a pair of shoes. There are people who find small talk soul shrin...

  • 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 emptying your cart in checkout #6 and end up feeling more ...

  • 3 Ways to Live the Ultimate Romance

    On Friday, August 02 nd, 2013

    I watch you in the kitchen, slicing up a pie, summer evening sloping gold across your face. How do you know the moment when you love someone the most? I used to think it was that wild moment of crazy grace when you asked for forever on Reesor’s sideroad and I laughed the wonder of yes. But then the babies came with the contractions and I really did think it had to be the...

  • When You’re Done with Pundits, Soul Wrestling & Looking at the Sky: {25 Things I learned from staying with Katie Davis}

    On Tuesday, July 02 nd, 2013

    So there was this girl named Katie and she laughed loud and like an angel when someone said she was like Mother Teresa. Threw back her head and laughed loud into the sky. It’s strange how this can move in you, a laughter like this , and how hands can embody love. Katie was 18 when she flew to Uganda. She took Jesus at His Word: Real life is lived on your knees. I was a w...

  • 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 grunting under water jugs, bags stretched taut with cassava. I lean out a...

  • 12 Links to Share Some Happy Grace

    On Saturday, June 08 th, 2013

    Just sharing a bit of lovely grace…. We all need some, yes? 1. Beautiful free printables for you! Can’t you see these in a young girl’s room? Down the hallway, over a desk? Love. these. yes. 2. Make mistakes? Make enough of them? This…on making enough mistakes. 3. What is burnout, anyways? Choosing to rest, there is always a rest in Him. 4. Perfect...

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