Quit the Crowd[ed inn]

Quit the Crowd[ed inn]

My son played the innkeeper in the church Christmas play this year. He's a fifth-grader, aging out, a good foot taller than every other child. Cas was, of course, a great innkeeper. Molly even drew him into her nativity scene, as pictured. The children's voices rang out so pure and strong! "Those were the days," Bing [...]

Let every heart prepare Him a dirty room {He doesn’t mind the mess}

Let every heart prepare Him a dirty room {He doesn’t mind the mess}

Every time I think about the King of Heaven choosing a stable as His grand entrance to the world He'd been waiting to save, I can hardly breathe. It makes NO SENSE. None. And yet it is just like our God of an upside-down kingdom. I wonder if He designed such a coming because He so badly wants [...]

When All Is Well, I Say to My Soul

When All Is Well, I Say to My Soul

Grief is distant health is near gratitude is easy   roof is sturdy table is bountiful every need is met   and yet I must remember to say to my soul:   Go deeper to find Hunger and Thirst   Desperate Need Complete Dependence Full Surrender   without these treasures a heart would spoil not knowing how to be given [...]

Mercy is More Than Enough

Mercy is More Than Enough

The Name of God is Mercy is a book I’d highly recommend. It’s a collection of interviews with Pope Francis, as he named 2016 “the year of mercy.” I have zero history with the Catholic church, and yet his thoughts on confession stir me to desire accountability, and remind me of my human frailty. Catholicism’s view [...]

God Will Not Let You Stay Stuck // A Life Lesson from Toddlers

God Will Not Let You Stay Stuck // A Life Lesson from Toddlers

"God will not let you stay stuck."  Weeks ago I read an article with this title, and ever since I have kept that Safari window open on my phone. It's a daily reminder beaming with hope when the voice in my head tells me I'm stuck. In this short post, Graham Cooke addresses seasons of waiting [...]

Potholed People in an Era of Mercy

Potholed People in an Era of Mercy

On this first day of September, I say we celebrate enduring this past month. I don't know about you, but in all her humidity and heat and storms, August has mirrored (and likely expounded) the heat index on my insides. “Feels like 105,” August said as my six-year-old played her first soccer game. Oh September, [...]

New Beauty for the Anxious and Intimidated

New Beauty for the Anxious and Intimidated

A fresh thought for the morning: Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.   The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands. Sarah, for instance, taking care of Abraham, would address him as “my dear husband.” You’ll be true daughters [...]