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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Obedience, Surrender, Trust

When God Invites You

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” ~Madeline L’Engle It’s been  4 weeks since I stood up in front of the women at Declare and bared some of the uglier parts of my story. I’m still feeling tender from…

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Obedience, Sacrifice, Surrender

Same Old Story

A couple of weeks ago, I held a microphone in my hand and told my messy-pride story to 150 of the most gracious women, who laughed at all the right moments, and caught their breath with me when I fought back tears. I prayed (begged) God to keep me from completely dissolving when I told…

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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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Broken Body, Growth, Obedience

Get To Work (How To Beat Envy)

The crocus sprung up this past weekend while I was away. When I’d packed up the car Thursday morning I’d seen their tips peeking up, all green with promise. Sunday morning when I returned, in my rush out the door to go to church I saw them–blooming buttery soft against the dry, gray mulch. They are the…

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