Lent, Surrender

Now Is The Time

Struggle and loss punctuated the joy of our Advent season. We moved through Epiphany in a haze of grief and acceptance, mingling with expectation and restoration. And here, we find ourselves entering this contemplative, reflective season of Lent, with a new hope we’d abandoned back in December. Time is a strange thing. Winter hangs on…

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Lent, Obedience, Surrender

Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust

In her book, Teach Us To Want, Jen Pollock Michel wrote, It sounds terrifically cliché, but I don’t suppose any of us decides our come- to-Jesus moment. We don’t get to plan our Damascus road conversions. And I’m continually amazed at the truth of these words. We don’t get to choose. We don’t get to…

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Lent, Refine Retreat, Surrender

It’s Time, Announcing: Refine {The Retreat}

Two years ago, 24 women bravely followed God into the woods of Ohio for a weekend called Refine {the retreat}. We showed up at the Lodge on that Friday afternoon, expectant. We came with a hefty mound of baggage between us–all of us eager for a drop of Living Water. These years later, what we agree on collectively, is that…

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Lent, Prayer

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

It’s the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. As I let the weight of this season settle on me, I return to the words of this Psalm. And so it’s all I have today. With my filthy hands, my muddy heart, I hold out these words to you. Have mercy on me, O God, according…

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Lent

Ashes To Ashes

I sit in the back row, beneath the balcony where it’s always darker than the rest of the sanctuary. The church is full, but I  feel alone. Solitude, a welcome comfort at the end of a day run wild with kids and school work, and all of the other things that rise up demanding attention between dawn and…

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Guest posting, Lent

More About Beautiful Confessions

God continues to teach me about beautiful confessions. Ever since I wrote that book, I can’t seem to stop confessing hard, ugly things. I can’t stop writing about it either. Learning to embrace confession before God has changed me–it is changing me still. Confrontation with personal sin can feel like a sudden exile into the…

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Guest posting, Lent

Redemption Songs [Reflections on Lent]

This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for helping me keep the lights on here on the blog! I’ve wrestled hard through Lent to find redemption. I’ve scratched and fought my way to the foot of the cross, bleeding all the way. It’s been 3 years since that memorable dip into His crucible. I find…

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Lent, Music

Lent To Maundy Thursday (Music For You)

Music always plays a huge part in my private worship. I often listen to music during my times with God either at the beginning, to help me focus, or at the end of my time with Him, as a way to go forth with joy. One of my favorite bands to include during this time…

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