How God Meets Us in the Ordinary

While watching a detective show with my husband, it struck me that in order to condense the story to an hour, they had to leave out a lot of parts. The show’s writers couldn’t include the ordinary, mundane scenes between the action: The police paperwork The commute to work Doing the dishes Walking the dog […]

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Secrets of the Happy Mama’s Soul (and a Free E-book!)

Guaranteed ways to be a miserable mom: Compare yourself to other moms. Volunteer to be classroom mom, soccer team mom, girl scout troop mom, and sign up to teach Sunday school. (Related: sign your kids up for ALL the things!) Stay up way too late, every night. Sacrifice your needs and wants always, in every […]

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How to Live in the Light of Easter

Our dog’s favorite time of day is right after the kids’ bedtime. Paco knows that’s when we relax on the couch, mug of tea in hand. He sidles up to me or to my husband and enjoys our belly rubs and ear scratches. We are predictable in our evening routine and when bedtime rolls around, […]

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How to Prepare Your Faith for the Worst

A small group of ladies at my church have been meeting once a week to read and discuss Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor. Every Thursday evening we hop on a zoom call and reflect upon God, and the role of light and darkness in our lives. Carolyn suggested we meet […]

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Finding God When Your Life Feels Mundane

Last week, a package came for me. Inside was a new Bible and a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I could hardly wait to open both of them! It used to be that I would have categorized one of the items as sacred and the other as secular, and although I would argue that the Bible […]

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4 Tips To Help You Engage in the Spiritual Practice of Play

“Play with me, mommy!” I hear this a lot, and I bet you do too. Right after the earnest request, one of my boys will lead me by the hand toward their block tower, or superhero capes, or plastic doctor playset. In recent years, I’ve battled more than my share of beyblades, lost many Nerf […]

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Finding Belonging With the Great Physician

Out of Place – Bethany’s Story My family and I were in a serious car accident when I was in the second grade. There were no fatalities, thankfully, but I sustained an injury to the base of my spine. Once I healed, it became obvious that something wasn’t right. Life after that was spent going […]

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Finding Belonging in the ‘Not Quite Yet’

Out of Place – Celia’s Story Unsettled and out of place.  This is how I would describe to you how I’ve felt in this season of life.  My husband and I are going through a transitional season, where we both know where we want to be but we’re waiting, sitting, in the not quite yet.  […]

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When You Got Nothing Left, Do This (and Change the World!)

Jesus’ disciples were a lot like moms: exhausted and constantly surrounded by needy people. As I read the story of the feeding of the five thousand last week, I saw what was happening behind the scenes instead of the typical flannel graph telling of the miracle. Jesus had just sent out his twelve disciples two […]

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Finding Belonging When Your Family Looks Different

Out of Place – Sarah’s Story As we stepped off of the plane I knew life would look different. I just didn’t know how. Walking into the unknown is scary, but suddenly choices we had made, my husband and I, to walk this path, felt undoable. We can’t do this! I kept thinking. I was […]

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