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Our best efforts are our first fruits for the altar

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My book is in the can. And people keep asking me how it feels. You know what? It feels awesome. I’m super-proud of myself for what I accomplished. I think the book is necessary, and different, and beautiful. I am convinced it will help people. I learned a ton writing it. But you know how [...]


Under the wings of devotion

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“It’s been a lot harder to do my devos lately,” Samantha said. She and I were sitting on the scarlet couch in her living room, along with the other women in our small group. We had split up from our spouses for prayer requests, and Samantha was sharing hers. She shifted her newborn in her [...]


The seed of this project about the Bible was planted by Preston Yancey, who talked about how important he felt reading the Bible regularly was for discussions of theology. Or something. I am having trouble finding the post. Thanks a lot, Internet. (And Preston, forgive me if I mischaracterize your words…when I read them I was [...]


Blessings in the midst of the dark

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It had been a long, dispiriting day. Week. Month. Season. That night, the air in my bedroom was close and still, and I suddenly felt claustrophobic. I grabbed my Book of Common Prayer and went out onto the patio, even though there’s no furniture out there. I had to get out of the house. The [...]

A tale of two Bibles: (de)tales for Cara Strickland thumbnail

When I need a Bible, I reach for my husband’s. It’s leather-bound with his name embossed on the front. His parents gave it to him. Tucked inside is a fabric cross his mom needle-pointed with a few spindly pink irises. Parts of the spine are cracked and peeling off glossy finish, and it has a [...]


the gift of resentment: For Simple Homeschool

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I looked at my monthly calendar and sighed. It was the twenty-fifth, and that meant it was time to write down what had gone well—and not so well—that month for homeschooling. Except I didn’t want to. I knew I was supposed to. I was supposed to be tracking how my children were doing, taking notes [...]

when you make peace with emptiness, you are ready to be filled thumbnail

I'm going to talk about writing for a minute, but bear with me. It's not really about writing. It's about God. And faith. And the Bible. So. In "The Getaway Car" Ann Patchett considers, with aplomb, every author's biggest nightmare. “As far as I'm concerned, writer's block is a myth,” she said. Here’s her prescription: [...]

I needed people to be brave for me: One Woman’s Yes with Caris Adel thumbnail

I've been really appreciating Caris Adel's honesty about mental health, church, and racism, and All The Things I feel truckloads of nervousness bringing up. I see bravery in her writing. So I was relieved and encouraged that 'bravery' is a practice she's trying to learn one shaky step at a time, just like me. She's making [...]

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God kept leading me forward: Quiet Time confidential with Bev Murrill thumbnail

Bev Murrill is a fellow writer at SheLoves, and also an internationally recognized author, speaker, pastor, mentor, leadership guru...yeah, I was kind of intimidated. But a few times, I've worked up the courage to ask her a tentative, shaky question, and she's bent down (over email...but I could totally tell there was bending involved) and put her [...]

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: A Reclaiming Eve story for Suzanne Burden thumbnail

I'm so honored to have gotten to know the lovely Suzanne Burden through the Redbud Writer's Guild. She's co-authored a brave book about taking a new look at our womanhood through God's eyes called Reclaiming Eve. I encourage you to check it out if, like me, you've wondered if there's a place, an esteemed and important place, [...]