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Paying attention: mentoring week kicks off at SheLoves!

I spearheaded a week on mentoring for my favorite online magazine, SheLoves. This week, me and a few other amazing women will be sharing stories about mentoring, practical advice, and life-changing insight about how to connect with mentors--and BE one yourself. One email changed my life. It could change yours too. All Donna-Jean meant to [...]

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A made thing: for Antler

For a long time, I simply felt helpless. My youth pastor in high school was spiritually abusive to many of us, and he sexually abused a friend of mine. When she came forward, the police tried to make a case, but there wasn’t enough evidence to meet the burden of proof. Almost two decades later, [...]

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The thing you fear might save your life

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As a kid, I hated writing. In sixth grade, my teacher called in my mom for a parent-teacher conference over the state of my journal. Mrs. Kimmerling required a page a day. There was a space above for drawing a picture, and a space below for writing anything you wanted. We were graded on the [...]

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Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: One Woman’s Yes with Michelle DeRusha thumbnail

When I saw the title of Michelle DeRusha's memoir, Spiritual Misfit, I knew I had to read it. So much of the good things in my faith recently have flowered because I've come to terms with having a quirky, mysterious, and cobbled-together faith. I really recommend her book. Michelle manages to make faith and doubt seem everyday, [...]

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When being present for your kids is scary

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While I'm away, I'm digging back into my archives and posting a few goodies from the way-back machine. Enjoy! I love my kids. I love homeschooling them. I love not rushing from one place to another. So why, then, when I wake up and we have nothing planned, why do I feel afraid? Now let’s be clear: [...]

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When ‘nothing’ happens and it pisses you off: Why I’m a feminist thumbnail

I know, I know, I'm not blogging this month. But I saw Suzannah Paul link to the Faith Feminisms synchroblog and I wanted to participate. I'm slogging through All the Feelings about this right now, and I want to stand up and be counted. Thanks to the organizers for creating space to share. It has [...]

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The Revolutionary Technique for Creativity, Flat Abs, Fabulous Parenting, Evolved Spirituality and General Awesomeness thumbnail

While I'm away, I'm digging back into my archives and posting a few goodies from the way-back machine. Enjoy! Here it is. Let’s all take a deep breath. Become a beginner. Not an expert. Not yet. First, you must start someplace. A start, a beginning, will humble you and bring you to your knees. Stay [...]

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“I could never do what you’re doing” is a cop-out. thumbnail

While I'm away, I'm digging back into my archives and posting a few goodies from the way-back machine. Enjoy! I’m at the doctor’s office, or church, or at a new women’s group. Someone asks where my child goes to school, and I tell them we homeschool. Before I got comfortable with homeschooling, I assumed people [...]

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There’s power in naming the truth: for SheLoves Magazine thumbnail

Recently, I blithely told one of my friends from high school that my experience in our church youth group had been largely positive. Here’s why I felt that way: the group was my first time in Christian fellowship. I served in leadership for three years, was there for almost every event, made a tight group [...]

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I am a spiritual misfit

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“I am not the Christian I want to be.” I typed the words on my computer, then I stared at them for a minute. For my hammering heart and the cold sweat I felt slinking down my arms, one would think I were confessing to some kind of felony. No: thought crimes were all I [...]

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