Faith, GraceTable

On Inviting and Faith Illustrated

*This post contains affiliate links. This costs you nothing more, and helps keeps the lights on here on the blog. Everybody wins.*  When my daughter got sick last week I found myself with a quiet couple of hours to get into my new Illustrated Faith bible journaling kit. She’d worn a brave face all morning but…

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discipleship, Faith, Growth

On Invitations Instead Of Force

Growing up with a Dad in the military had its perks. Notably, the overseas travel we enjoyed on a couple of different occasions. One of my most memorable seasons abroad was spent in Italy, where I attended an Italian preschool run by Italian Nuns. Despite the fact that is has been well over 34 years since I…

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Allume, Faith

Alive

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s possible that you’ve bumped into one of my “morning meditations” posts, usually shared between 6-7AM. I wake daily with the goal of getting some time in with my journaling bible and my journal before the kids are all up and our day takes off. This brief, quiet time…

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Faith, Obedience

Hold The Door {My Declare Conference Podcast}

Several months ago, the beautiful women behind the Declare conference reached out to me, and invited to serve as the keynote speaker at their conference this summer. The invitation came as a complete surprise on the heels of returning from Refine {the retreat}. This opportunity is an outlandish gift, and a divine opportunity that I never saw coming. One…

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Books, Faith, Obedience

On Making Space

Standing at the sink in the pre-dawn light this morning I caught myself staring at the mulched patch in the back of the yard–all that remains of the old Ash we had chopped down last year. It had stood tall all of the years we lived here, and many before. This house has stood here well…

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Faith, Hope

When You Think Your Drowning

Difficult seasons don’t always come with a warning. Storms can blow up out of nowhere and suddenly, you think your drowning.  Sometimes, you don’t just think it–you are certain of it. It’s been a hard week here. Maybe it has been for you too. As I’ve tried to make sense of things, as I’ve wrung…

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Books, Faith, Prayer

How Learning To Pray Saved My Faith

I’m joining the synchroblog for the release of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth by answering this prompt: ‘What saved your faith?’ As a child I learned to pray by way of recitation and counting of beads. With my plastic rosary clutched between my small hands, I’d go through the Hail…

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Faith, Grace

When Confronted By Our Humanity

I have thought about little else since it happened. The whole scene replays itself on a grueling slow-motion loop in my head. From beginning to end I’ve relived the misery of it, rehearsing my own disturbing reaction again and again, ad nausea. I have debated, which is worse, my righteous anger directed at God for…

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Books, Church, Faith, Grace

When You Feel Like A Spiritual Misfit

My friend Michelle DeRusha is about to launch her first memoir, Spiritual Misfit. Michelle and I have been exchanging emails for months, prior to me landing on her launch team. After I read Michelle’s book, I told her that this book?–It’s a beautiful masterpiece. Michelle and I discovered that we have many similarities, beginning (but…

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Books, Faith, Guest posting

Spiritual Growth Lessons from…Caiaphas?

 As we wind down these final days until Refine {the retreat} I’ve invited a friend to write here today. I’m honored to share the following article from my friend, and fellow Author, Ed Cyzewski. Spiritual Growth Lessons from… Caiaphas? When I think of Caiaphas, I think of a scheming, murderous, angry priest dressed in black…

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