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Numbering My Days

Keeping Space For Joy In The Chaos

Here’s what I didn’t tell my dear friend who came with her family to visit for the day, when she said how well it seemed I was doing in this season of life. That I used my flatiron (yes, the one I use on my hair) to fix…

What Is A Fair Prayer To Pray?

I think some of my prayers aren’t fair. They are not reasonable to ask of God. By way of giving a few examples of the kinds of prayers I mean… Is it fair to pray for help on a test if you don’t study? Is it fair…

The Gifts Of My Fathers

Parents inevitably leave prints on their children, marks that are uniquely recorded per child and per season of life. What comes to mind first when asked, that is the core legacy of a parent to the child. This inheritance can run the gamuts of positive to negative, sparse or abundant…

Redirecting The Game Of Expectations

We had the most stimulating date yesterday. My husband and I used our kids’ nap time to assign responsibilities. We sat together, listed everything that needs to be done to run our household and designated his or my name by each point. Here’s why we did it: Expectations. We…

Think Through This Before Having Children

As someone who was married thirteen years before having children, I have been asked more than once how you know if you are ready to start a family. My quick answer: I didn’t know. You can read more about that here. My longer reply: I have a faith-born…

Life By The Other Kind Of Time

While I was in active rehab from workaholism addiction – you can find more on that here – I learned a new way to tell time. Recollection of the significance of that lesson is very much on my mind these days. Ancient Greek had two words for time. One was…

The Mom I Pray To Be

I choose to celebrate this Mother’s Day by praying to live a life worthy of the calling God so generously placed on me when he made me your Mom, sweet babies. With everything in me, I pray to see with spiritual eyes and steward well the whole of…

Moms, Please Use Your Superpower Wisely

I am thinking and praying a lot this week about motherhood. A lot. And as I do, there is something that rises so clearly to the top of the list of reflections that I have to step aside from the full spectrum for a moment to process this one point…

The Idolatry Of Mission

Work can become a god, and fixation on something other than God himself is idolatry. Even if it is ministry. This topic comes after recently writing from conviction on the phenomenon in Christiandom when ministry workers burn out in the name of Jesus. A former colleague who read that post…

The Dance Of What Matters Most

The body moves out ahead of the feet, then the feet catch up. There is an embracing and then a release. Emotion is high. Heads move back and forth, legs kick and flail with intention. Twists in spot, a dip. This is a dance characterized by sudden movements that might…