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  • 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
  • How to Really Send the Kids Back to School & Out into the World

    On Thursday, August 14 th, 2014
    You talk with a police officer 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
  • What the Church & Christians Need to Know About Suicide & Mental Health

    On Tuesday, August 12 th, 2014
    Dear Church, Cancer can be deadly and so can depression. So can the dark and the shame and the crush of a thousand skeletons, a thousand millstones, a thousand internal infernos. We could tell you what we know. That — depression is like a room engulfed in flames and you can’t breathe for the sooty
  • 3 Truths about Platform & What Your Soul Was Never Made For

    On Tuesday, August 05 th, 2014
    This week The High Calling is exploring the idea of “platform” — and they asked if I’d join them & write into the idea of platform for writers and the Kingdom of God… {stay tuned for exciting things coming this week for our little community?} When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white
  • How to Get Really Living Instead of Merely Existing

    On Monday, August 04 th, 2014
    It’s like an awakening. That right in the middle of the Sunday sermon, while the pastor’s preaching what salvation really means — I can see a woman in a pew ahead of me flipping through the pages of an Avon catalogue. I can only bow my head. Because there are a thousand ways to be
  • Why You Really Need to be Done with Living Safe: Being a Dangerous Disciple of the Unsafe God

    On Monday, July 14 th, 2014
    My Gran, she’s taking slow walks outside the hospital now. Her heart’s growing stronger, beating certain. I wash down the cupboards in the kitchen. I pray for Gran’s heart attack recovery, for each step she keeps taking, ninety-one and frail-boned and Irish-determined. Life’s a risk and maybe she’s stronger than I am, accepting each heart beat,
  • The Great Challenge Facing All Women
    [and Why Women Need to Stop Judging Each Other]

    On Wednesday, July 09 th, 2014
    Rain on a tin roof this morning. The rocking chairs out in the ash grove sit quiet, solid — steady in the wind. Steady in the wind. They’re calling for another inch of rain today, for it to just keep coming. Our Hope-girl makes brownies, shakes the popcorn over the stove. And there’s this deep
  • One Way to Kick Your Fears to the Curb at the Start of A New Week

    On Monday, July 07 th, 2014
    Who said only courage wears a Red Badge? Yeah, it’s just khaki capris, a black tee, I pull out of the closet for a day dawning summer, me leaving the house for the heat, appointment and errands. I’m a mess with no no red badge of courage, just a flailer trying to wear prayer, the
  • What Really Unites a Great Land & People & the Real Power of Patriotism

    On Friday, July 04 th, 2014
      It was when she leaned back to watch the fireworks. When the kids, full of strawberries and ice cream, sprawl about her in the grass, waiting in the thickening dusk, waiting in the sea of blankets spread out and tilted lawn chairs and balding men with bare hearts sit near the white crowned women
  • Why You Can Stop the Exhausting Work of Trying to be a SuperMom

    On Monday, June 30 th, 2014
    When one of the boys pulls off his Sunday shoes, the filthy ones ridiculously still clinging to “Sunday Shoes” status, he catches my eye and grins like he’s swallowed a canary. “So I only wore one sock to church.” What are you going to do but laugh with the grinning kid? Yeah, I am that
  • Why Your Heart Really Needs The Practice of Pondering

    On Friday, June 20 th, 2014
    I met the art who is Jean Fleming several years ago in a blizzard in Colorado. The retreat we were both scheduled to speak at was cancelled because of the flurry quarter-sized flakes —  so her and I watched the snow fall all weekend, heart sisters bound together over a deep love for Jesus. A
  • 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
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