(in)courage, Community

Happiness Profile: Relator

I love people. If you know me at all, this is not news to you. Almost nothing feeds my soul more than spending time with people I care about, and who care about me. At the end of an evening spent with friends, I can barely fall asleep because my mind and heart are still…

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Guest posting, Struggle

Living Behind The Fence

The other evening I sat down on the front stoop and watched a flock of Canadian geese fly overhead, while my kids scattered themselves down the street, making new friends with the neighbors. They’d been recruited for an impromptu soccer game happening up the street, in the common area between a couple of houses, an invitation…

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See You At Allume

In the last several years, I have been learning the value and beauty of allowing God to orchestrate my calendar. Last year, while I wanted to attend the Allume conference, I felt absolutely compelled to attend instead The High Calling retreat, and following that *feeling* led to several divine appointments that once I was there,  I…

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GraceTable, Obedience

Discovering Who Your Neighbors Are

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” ~Fred Rogers Moving every two years as a kid meant…

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Refine Retreat, Thanksgiving

Laying Low

We just got home last evening from Refine {the retreat}. I want to thank you all SO MUCH for your prayers and encouragement in the months, weeks, days, hours and even minutes before we started. I am truly overwhelmed by the whole experience and don’t feel my words are adequate at this moment to really…

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Five Minute Friday


On friday’s, we write for five short minutes without editing and gussying the page. We spill what rises to the surface and share it, bravely with others, and we encourage. We give virtual high fives and hugs and pats on the back, sometimes, we gather in prayer too, for the broken stories, the wounded stories…

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Church, Compassion

Have Mercy, Help Me Buy A Van

I’ve got 4 kids–4 kids and one ginormous van that is truly a gift from God. We log a hefty number of miles on that machine each week between the library, church, the store, Co-op, taekwondo, ballet and on and on it goes. We have a city bus stop not far from the house, but…

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A Beautiful Community~ In(RL) Is Happening

You can wear your pajamas. You can skip the make-up. You can tend to your family, and save your travel money for another day. In(RL) is coming to you again this year. Last year, I sat in front of my computer to watch the In(RL) conference from the comfort of my home. For $10, I…

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(in)courage, Courage, Five Minute Friday, Friendship

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” It was His idea, this concept of community, the idea of families–everyone having a place to fit in, to live alongside one another, to share each others burdens, and joys. I’ve lived in…

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