Community, Giveaways, Women Of Faith

You Are LOVED: Women Of Faith

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. ~Jeremiah 31:3 Do you need that reminder as often as I do?–To be reminded that God LOVES you. The truth is He is CRAZY for us–loves us unto death.I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need to be reminded that they…

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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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Confessions, writing

Fix

I was 15 the summer  I offered my best friend $40 for the 2 Felix the Cat tabs of acid I’d seen her buy at the party the night before. I didn’t want it, I just didn’t want her to have it–I planned to flush it down the toilet. Unaware of the street value of LSD, I…

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writing

When You Wonder If Your Work Matters

The kitchen mat underneath my feet at the sink does little to comfort the ache that shoots through my arches, and throbs in the balls of my heels. It’s made for people who stand a lot, which most definitely qualifies me for the purchase. I do stand for most of the day, sometimes at the…

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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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Book Reviews, Books

Thoughts On Finding Home

  Thoughts on finding home At 17, I couldn’t wait to get out on my own. I chose a college in the Florida panhandle, as far away from where I’d been living near D.C. as I could imagine. It wasn’t just the distance that helped me choose that school, the decision was solidified by my…

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Grace, Worship

Ruminating

Maybe it’s the rain, or because I’m still sifting through my reflections on Refine. I’m ruminating on a great many things these days– Last week we bid farewell to the old Ash tree that once shaded the top portion of our backyard. Though it had been healthy when we first moved in 10 years ago,…

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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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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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BibleDude

What We Can’t Do For Ourselves, Meditations on Grace

Meditations on Grace It’s been 1o years since this humbling experience. 10 years and a hundred other things have filled the days and weeks, and stretched out the months into years, but it is so seared in my brain–a small but transformational piece of my story, a glimpse of where God would take me in…

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