All the Ways God Speaks to Us

All the Ways God Speaks to Us

Hearing God’s voice is a popular topic of sermons, books, conversations, prayers and journal pages. Each person has their own journey when it comes to hearing God, based in theology and mostly experience. In my experience, this is a complex issue which the Sunday-School-answers don’t address deeply. Here are a series of questions that may [...]

How Women Won the Right to Vote 100 Years Ago Today: A Tennessee Story

How Women Won the Right to Vote 100 Years Ago Today: A Tennessee Story

One century ago this week, the 19th amendment was ratified in Nashville, Tennessee, securing American women the right to vote.  Do you know the story? It's time to celebrate with a little history! The following is a brief summary that barely scratches the surface of this amazing chapter in American and Tennessee history. On a [...]

Getting it Wrong

Getting it Wrong

Last night, I attended a community discussion on racial issues prompted by the murder of George Floyd and last weekend’s demonstrations. The crowd was large in size and in whiteness. We had the privilege of  listening to a few black neighbors talk courageously about how they feel right now, and what it’s like to be [...]

Going with the Flow {Lessons on Quarantine from the Mississippi River}

Going with the Flow {Lessons on Quarantine from the Mississippi River}

Jay gave me this print for Christmas, and just yesterday I framed it. It’s the history of the routes of the Mississippi River along the banks of Tennessee and Mississippi. You see, before the Corps of Engineers set an unchanging path for the mighty river, it used to have its way with the silty bottomland. [...]

On Waiting Until Things Get Back to Normal

On Waiting Until Things Get Back to Normal

“Waiting until this is over and we can get back to normal.”  I’ve been using this kind of language a lot these days - how about you? It’s slowly occurring to me that we might not get back to “normal” by a certain “date.” That after a while, once the storm has passed, we will [...]

Finding Value in Times of Pressure

Finding Value in Times of Pressure

It's hard to describe exactly what's going on these days. Have you been able to put into words the way the shelter-in-place is affecting you? All these terrible news reports happening not on the other side of the world, but in the city where your sister lives, in your own state, possibly in your own [...]

Finding God’s Peace During Uncertain Times {Reading #1: The Rock}

Finding God’s Peace During Uncertain Times {Reading #1: The Rock}

In times of difficulty and uncertainty, when circumstances are anywhere from wobbly to downright threatening, I've found God's peace by doing one of two things... Going higher, or going lower. Our circumstances are real, yes, but in our spirits we can access another elevation that helps carry us through the current circumstance. Picture a storm [...]

On Seeking {and finding} a New Meaning to Your Name

On Seeking {and finding} a New Meaning to Your Name

What's the meaning of your name? Do you resonate with that meaning? The name Rachel means "little lamb." A recent epiphany changed the way I relate to this Biblical name, and the way I see myself.

A Peculiar Answer to a Kitchen-Sink Prayer

A Peculiar Answer to a Kitchen-Sink Prayer

They talk about “in the trenches” of motherhood… well, ten years ago I was dug in deep. My boys were ages two and three. Full-time mothering had pushed me to the end of myself, body, soul and spirit. Jake, my second-born,  had a way of putting me over the edge Every. Single. Day.  Those years [...]

A Different Kind of Word-of-the-Year

A Different Kind of Word-of-the-Year

Many of us these days are naming the new year with a word unique to our season, desires, or goals for 2020. Maybe you know your word already, or not, or don’t subscribe to the trend – here’s another way to approach a guiding sentiment for the new year.  What if you asked God:  Who [...]