Faith, GraceTable

On Inviting and Faith Illustrated

*This post contains affiliate links. This costs you nothing more, and helps keeps the lights on here on the blog. Everybody wins.*  When my daughter got sick last week I found myself with a quiet couple of hours to get into my new Illustrated Faith bible journaling kit. She’d worn a brave face all morning but…

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Advent, Broken Body, Christmas, Come Lord Jesus

In Labor, We Wait

Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Psalm 22:7-9 *** God Is A Midwife We’re  waiting. Murmuring, shifting, whispering–anxious for this babe to be born. We feel the swelling grip…

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Hope

Get Your Hopes Up

I knew when my daughter pulled her coat back to reveal the brand new stuffed dog peeking out of her pants pocket that this was not a good idea. But because I say “no” so often, I simply couldn’t bring myself to deny her this small pleasure of carrying her little fabric friend into the store…

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Hope, One Word

Hope For The New Year

It’s been nearly 3 weeks since our dog died. Between my son’s birthday and Christmas, I didn’t write about it here, but mentioned it in my Christmas letter. Christmas eve, I took the kids to visit their great-grandmother, whose health had been slipping, and on New Year’s day, she too slipped through the veil. I’m not sure…

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Allume, Faith

Alive

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s possible that you’ve bumped into one of my “morning meditations” posts, usually shared between 6-7AM. I wake daily with the goal of getting some time in with my journaling bible and my journal before the kids are all up and our day takes off. This brief, quiet time…

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Guest posting, Worship

Worship While Working

When my children were babies, we embraced routine like oxygen. We needed it to function. Each of my four took regular naps at the same time every day, and when they grew out of napping, rather than readjusting our day, we maintained this space and re-named it quiet time. I’ve gotten all kinds of comments from…

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Books, Faith, Prayer

How Learning To Pray Saved My Faith

I’m joining the synchroblog for the release of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth by answering this prompt: ‘What saved your faith?’ As a child I learned to pray by way of recitation and counting of beads. With my plastic rosary clutched between my small hands, I’d go through the Hail…

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Allume, Prayer, writing

A Prayer For Writers

  A Prayer For Writers They say writing is a lonely job. I’d argue that for some of us, harder than the loneliness of writing, is the wrestle many of us find ourselves in, between the flesh and the spirit–the stewardship and weight of the gift.  Sometimes, any measure of success (or perceived failure) by way of writing…

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