Finding Belonging on the Road to Vocation

Out of Place – Shanelle’s Story Mom was a trainer and teacher of the trade. Her long legs moved with grace as her fiery bobbed hair swished around. Her speckled arms could wrap around me for days. If a horse was there, it followed. Students waited for her every word. I used to sit on […]

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How to Make Decisions With the Freedom We Have in Christ

My husband, like many men, is not a big fan of shopping. You would never find him at the mall, or wandering into boutique stores in touristy locations. The appeal of walking and talking and browsing the aisles looking at pretty things is completely lost on him. Except if it’s Costco. He loves walking down […]

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When God Invites Us to Belong

Out of Place – Angela’s Story Most of my life I have felt out of place, as if I did not belong. I just thought everyone felt this way. The psychological and spiritual tool of the Enneagram of Personality helped me see that not everyone has this experience. Many of us outliers that often have […]

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Is Your Faith a Formula?

Last week marked our third attempt to grow plants in our condo. The first time we tried to grow flowers in the guest room by the window, but there wasn’t enough light. The second time, we tried to grow plants on our porch but the whole thing is always covered in shade. I was barely […]

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Finding Belonging as a Single Mom

Out of Place – Kristina’s Story My son spent his toddler and preschool years rambling around our spacious house and yard in California. Lush, countless mature fruit trees, palm trees, and flowering bushes enfolded our property. We escaped the heat in our backyard pool. My then-husband spent his time at work, and I spent it […]

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How to Live Creatively Within Your God-Given Limits

Coming back to our condo in San Diego after three months spent on my husband’s family farm in Michigan was jarring. For a few days, I could only see all the ways in which our house wasn’t measuring up to my ideals. No yard. Shared walls. Very little natural light in the main living area. […]

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Finding Belonging When You Don’t Fit the Mold

Out of Place – Katelyn’s Story Since the fall of 2016, I have been extensively traveling. At 27 years old, with the ink barely dry on my master’s degree, I quit my full-time job to spend time living in unfamiliar places.  Don’t worry–it wasn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds. And since we’re all friends […]

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Finding Belonging When You Feel Spiritually Out of Place

Out of Place – Kate’s Story The white tile floor cooled down my skin. My body was flushed and warm to the touch because I’d spent the last twenty minutes crying on that same bathroom floor. The tears, the anguish of overwhelming doubt — they had become my nightly routine. Every night, I lay in […]

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Finding Belonging in a New Stage of Life

Out of Place – Elise’s Story It was the fall of 2012. I was attending Allume, a blogging/writing conference. I was so excited!  Blogging was still newish, along with online magazines, contributor websites and the like. My friend Kimberly Amici and I had recently started CirclesOfFaith.org – Where Life, Faith, and Community Intersect. Our site […]

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When you Long for Home as a Place to Belong

Out of Place – Corella’s Story My eyes traveled from one white wall to the next, each devoid of any character save the empty screw-heads and the holes where photos once hung. I had been eager to hit the reset button on our lives in Thailand, resettling our family in a new house with a […]

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