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I’m going to wreck my Bible. Here’s why.

I’m going to wreck my Bible. Here’s why. thumbnail

Meet my Bible from college. "Nice to meet you," it says. I got this Bible when I attended Intervarsity's missions conference in 1996.. It was compact, so when I left the next year for Argentina, I took this Bible with me. It was the first Bible I read all the way through. And it was [...]

Three questions to ask before you do something scary thumbnail

Ever since I started a website about saying ‘yes’ to things, I’ve been trying to take intentional risks. But as I practice being brave in the everyday, I’ve realized something important. Fears are not equal-opportunity. Years ago, I pushed past fears about writing, and felt like I’d put myself through a meat-grinder. Honestly, the fallout [...]

It’s darker and more beautiful to start with the nothingness inside: One Woman’s Yes with Esther Emery thumbnail

Oh, guys, you're in for a treat. Esther Emery chatted with me for an hour about faith, and motherhood, and realizing she's not a porcelain person, and I was blessed. I think you will be too. Her writing and life always remind me that I have choices. About everything. Which is heady and wonderful and terrifying and bold. Won't you [...]


Advent 5: Christ

"He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together....For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross." Colossians 1:17, 19, 20 Merry Christmas. [...]


the speed of change for Cara Meredith

the speed of change for Cara Meredith thumbnail

Merry (almost) Christmas! I'm so pleased to have a post of mine up on Cara Meredith's site, for her series "the little things."  I get to read her writing on SheLoves AND share membership in the Redbud Writer's Guild with her. The post went up early today, but I was traveling all day and hanging out with [...]


Advent 4: not a namby-pamby love

Let’s not make Christmas a namby-pamby holiday. I like the fairy lights and gold ribbon as much as the next girl. I love the quiet hymns and rocking around the Christmas tree. But today, on a week where we remember love, LOVE, let’s get real about what that means. That means that somehow God is [...]


Advent 3: Take a knife to your frantic searching

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Maybe this Advent is filled with darkness for you. Maybe you’re estranged from family or struggling with finances or trying to keep your head above a tide of blackness. Maybe you worry that your children’s gift list, long as it is, means you’ve taught them something broken about what Christmas is about. Maybe you had [...]

The most crazy-subversive, life-changing, Kingdom-bringing, totally unintuitive thing you can say out loud thumbnail

Sidle up to your best friend at church. Tell your husband when you have a minute alone. Admit it to your mom, to your small group, to your grown child. Or, if all else fails, look in the mirror and say it to yourself. I am not okay. Tell the people you love why you [...]


Advent 2: A tiny spark of hope

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Esperar: Spanish for 'to wait' or 'to hope' One way of looking at Advent is that it’s one more Thing to Do. First: find some candles and greenery. Do you own candles in the appropriate colors? Do you have a candle holder for each one? Also: will the greenery pose a fire hazard? Then, every night, share [...]

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Move as if the hounds of hell are after you–for SheLoves Magazine thumbnail

When I walk long distances, I pay a price. It’s a relatively minor one: an ache in my hip that sends tentacles down to my knee. It’s an annoyance, mostly. Sometimes it makes it hard to fall asleep. I feel it after I take an hour’s walk on the beach on Sunday mornings, toes sinking [...]