Posts Tagged: Spirituality

On Reverence

I was grumpy this morning, like most. But while I pouted and hurried and tried to do all the things, Andrew stood in the middle of the kitchen floor, giggling about his jeans shrinking, pointed to his backside and declared

On Reverence

I was grumpy this morning, like most. But while I pouted and hurried and tried to do all the things, Andrew stood in the middle of the kitchen floor, giggling about his jeans shrinking, pointed to his backside and declared

“The Practice of Wearing Skin”

Over the holidays I read Barbara Brown Taylor’s book An Alter in the World. Tumbling down another road into another year, her words reverberate, reminding me to stay present and to overflow with gratitude. This excerpt comes from the chapter

“The Practice of Wearing Skin”

Over the holidays I read Barbara Brown Taylor’s book An Alter in the World. Tumbling down another road into another year, her words reverberate, reminding me to stay present and to overflow with gratitude. This excerpt comes from the chapter

Advent Reflection: Love

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I

Advent Reflection: Love

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I

Passed Out and Carrot Pumpkin Soup

My husband got sick last week and passed out in the bathtub. It wasn’t normal passing out though, he started to convulse like he was having a seizure and for two handfuls of seconds I thought maybe he was dying.

Passed Out and Carrot Pumpkin Soup

My husband got sick last week and passed out in the bathtub. It wasn’t normal passing out though, he started to convulse like he was having a seizure and for two handfuls of seconds I thought maybe he was dying.

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

A Happy Anniversary

Over the weekend Andrew and I celebrated the first anniversary of our marriage at a lovely little Bed & Breakfast in Hickory, NC. It gave us a cozy room and quiet Saturday to reflect back on where the year has

A Happy Anniversary

Over the weekend Andrew and I celebrated the first anniversary of our marriage at a lovely little Bed & Breakfast in Hickory, NC. It gave us a cozy room and quiet Saturday to reflect back on where the year has

Letter for a Sick Friend

My sweet dear friend, I think about you every day. You haven’t heard much from me, but I’ve been working on your gift basket nearly two weeks. I haven’t called on purpose because I understand there’s a no-crying rule and

Letter for a Sick Friend

My sweet dear friend, I think about you every day. You haven’t heard much from me, but I’ve been working on your gift basket nearly two weeks. I haven’t called on purpose because I understand there’s a no-crying rule and

A Brief Catalog of Our AWOL Hearts

I think we get easily caught up in our perspectives of what ought to or should change in the world. When we consider how time and trends and consumerism have impacted culture, we each propose our own opinions about the

A Brief Catalog of Our AWOL Hearts

I think we get easily caught up in our perspectives of what ought to or should change in the world. When we consider how time and trends and consumerism have impacted culture, we each propose our own opinions about the

Sermon Take-Away and Spiritual Thoughts on Writing

Saturday I was sworn into a secret, underground writing club. Very exclusive, and every bit as mysterious as it sounds. Our first meeting inspired me greatly, and I walked away sensing I’d just participated in something for which I was

Sermon Take-Away and Spiritual Thoughts on Writing

Saturday I was sworn into a secret, underground writing club. Very exclusive, and every bit as mysterious as it sounds. Our first meeting inspired me greatly, and I walked away sensing I’d just participated in something for which I was

The Standards We Erect

She’s down there. At the bottom of the well at the bottom of my heart breaking her fingernails to climb out. My self. The real one, the one I actually am. She gets flooded though, by the mainstream waters always

The Standards We Erect

She’s down there. At the bottom of the well at the bottom of my heart breaking her fingernails to climb out. My self. The real one, the one I actually am. She gets flooded though, by the mainstream waters always

Grace, A Lesson from Marriage

This post is sloppy and long and mostly brags on my husband, Andrew. But this weekend, I learned a lesson about grace that I’m compelled to share. These things don’t always translate cleanly into language as we hope, so we

Grace, A Lesson from Marriage

This post is sloppy and long and mostly brags on my husband, Andrew. But this weekend, I learned a lesson about grace that I’m compelled to share. These things don’t always translate cleanly into language as we hope, so we

A Prayer Against Darkness

I am laying in a bed in the guest bedroom. My husband is out of town for a bachelor party. I’m staying with a friend. The sheets smell like lavender and I’ve pulled an extra quilt over the bed to

A Prayer Against Darkness

I am laying in a bed in the guest bedroom. My husband is out of town for a bachelor party. I’m staying with a friend. The sheets smell like lavender and I’ve pulled an extra quilt over the bed to

Advent Guide Reflection

Where I worship, we refer to ourselves much less as a “church” and much more as a “community.” We establish our identify less in the building we use and more in the relationships we’ve forged. According to Merriam-Webster, a church

Advent Guide Reflection

Where I worship, we refer to ourselves much less as a “church” and much more as a “community.” We establish our identify less in the building we use and more in the relationships we’ve forged. According to Merriam-Webster, a church

Community Dance Party

Saturday night we went to the most marvelous Christmas party hosted by a couple in our church who recently purchased an old farm house. A grand, blush-colored home with a rollicking front porch and the most impressive wood floors, laid

Community Dance Party

Saturday night we went to the most marvelous Christmas party hosted by a couple in our church who recently purchased an old farm house. A grand, blush-colored home with a rollicking front porch and the most impressive wood floors, laid

The One About Bustin’ Up Insecurity

Very often, I don’t post because I feel like I don’t have a stance to take on anything. Or I don’t have any ground-breaking research to share. Or I haven’t been to Central Asia taking photographs of the natives. (See

The One About Bustin’ Up Insecurity

Very often, I don’t post because I feel like I don’t have a stance to take on anything. Or I don’t have any ground-breaking research to share. Or I haven’t been to Central Asia taking photographs of the natives. (See

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part Deux

This autumn marks the first time that I’ve taken part in planning and preparing for the women’s retreat in my church. In the wake of the retreat, an unexpected struggle has surfaced in my spiritual life. I was honored to

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part Deux

This autumn marks the first time that I’ve taken part in planning and preparing for the women’s retreat in my church. In the wake of the retreat, an unexpected struggle has surfaced in my spiritual life. I was honored to

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part I

My mom is thinking about putting on a Women’s Retreat through her church. Having just attended one, and a few more previously, she asked for some ideas. Suddenly, a whole philosophy unfolded. First of all, there are two types of

Planning a Women’s Retreat: Part I

My mom is thinking about putting on a Women’s Retreat through her church. Having just attended one, and a few more previously, she asked for some ideas. Suddenly, a whole philosophy unfolded. First of all, there are two types of