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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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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How to Taste God’s Goodness

When we moved to France when I was seven, my mom discovered that peanut butter was an American product. She searched high and low in every grocery store, determined to find that quick and easy lunch spread. One day, she came home with a tin can: she had finally found peanut butter in a specialty […]

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How to Grow in Wisdom and Understanding

“Mommy, can you add a metal detector to my Christmas list?” My six year old asked from the backseat of the car. I chuckled. “Sure honey. But what are you going to do with it?” “Find TREASURE!” he told me. Treasure hunting Later in the kitchen, my husband told the boys all about the metal […]

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How to Create a Rule of Life

In the spring of 2000, I sat with fifteen of my classmates in our twelfth grade Church History class, listening to Mr. Jones talk about early Christian monks. As we learned more about the monastic traditions of our desert fathers and mothers, he mentioned offhandedly how interesting it might be to try and live as […]

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Read This When You Feel Out of Place

Desert plants thrive in the desert. Tropical plants thrive in the tropics. Wildflowers thrive in the forest. But have you ever felt like a palm tree among pines? A bird of paradise among roses? Have you ever been transplanted to foreign soil, unsure if your roots will ever grow deep enough for you to thrive? […]

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