Meet Kris

As a sequin-wearing, homeschooling mother of four, Kris is passionate about Jesus, people and words. Her favorite room in the house is the kitchen, and she’s been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Once upon a time, she ran 10 miles to raise money for Compassion International. Kris is the author of,  Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting and Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, and the follow up, Companion Workbook. She has contributed to numerous other books, is the Director of Refine {the retreat} and the founder and Executive editor of  GraceTable.org .


Come, Lord Jesus

The Weight Of Waiting, 24 readings for ADVENT



Additional Writing



On Fighting Resistance And Leaning Into Rest

We sit on the deck overlooking the mountains, my girls blowing bubbles around me in a swirl of iridescent colors. The air is damp, a breeze shifts the bubbles this direction, then that way. The evening is as close to perfect as I could have imagined, watching the sun slip behind a veil of thick

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Time Is Not A Patient Friend

I find myself constantly checking clocks, pacing myself to the silent drill sergeant who orders my comings and goings. By the position of her unbending hands, she holds the power to dictate my every move. “Time waits for no man” so they saying goes, most certainly, time is not a patient friend. My insides gnaw

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Healing is a Love Story

The thing that surprises people about my new book, Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Healing, is that it’s a love story. It’s the story of how God’s deep love carried me through trauma and pain, along the journey of healing, and to a place of complete peace. It’s my true story. Granted, it didn’t feel like

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On Door Holding And A Writers Retreat

Some months ago, in the midst of planning one retreat, I felt the subtle shift in the soil of my soul, as a seed for a different take on Refine was planted. Since no sane person plans two retreats at once, I let that dream lie still while I worked my way towards the thing I

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Reflections On Refine {the retreat}

The climb up the slick black driveway to the crest of the hill works to draw the anxiety out. By the time the house comes into view, already, I feel lighter, my heartbeat slows with the hope and joy of arriving. It’s been a year, the journey to Refine. It’s been a lifetime. There are

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On Baptism And Heading To Refine Retreat

The chief biblical analogy for baptism is not the water that washes but the flood that drowns.   ~William Willamon This week I will gather with 40 women for the 2nd Refine {the retreat}. If you’d told me 13 months ago that I’d be hosting another retreat, I’d have nodded at you, not in agreement, but

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