On thing we've embraced as a culture (and that I have wholeheartedly embraced personally) the last few years is the beauty and the power of brokenness. Here’s a quick roll call of some artists of the broken that come to mind for me: Ann Voskamp, author of the wildly and perennially popular One Thousand Gifts,… Continue reading What if we’re not broken?
I want to tell you a story. Stories are how we see the unseen. Truth is something that is written so deeply in our hearts that we have to carve away chunks of ourselves to find it. It is something that we often uncover much more effectively through living and storytelling than through logic or… Continue reading Love Never Fails: Part 1
I don’t usually read my alumni magazine, but the cover of the spring issue caught my eye. It arrived a few short weeks after I began working from home due to the pandemic, and it has stayed within sight through the months since, on my couch, on my coffee table, my kitchen counter, my bed.… Continue reading One in Spirit
I've had quite a few people ask about my blog, since I haven't posted since September. The reality is that most of what I post here is pre-writing for my book. I put up ideas I'm having trouble hashing out on my own, and your responses help me see where I'm going. Lately, the book… Continue reading A Few Unfinished Thoughts about Gratitude
This is the second in a series of blog posts about two kinds of love. I’m currently writing about the first kind, constrained love. (If you go back to read the other posts, start from the bottom. They are in reverse order.) This is a process blog. In this case, that means I’m writing about… Continue reading A Tale of Two Loves (Part 2): Love in the Age of Fear
This particular topic has come to me three completely unrelated ways in the last week, so I decided to write an open letter to church leaders. I hope it’s helpful. Dear Church Leader, If you’re like me, you grew up in the church and heard many teachings about the sanctity of marriage, about what’s an… Continue reading Abuse: It’s Not Only Where the Bruises Are
Today I turn 39. That’s a big number. For me, 38 has been a year of becoming bolder and thinking bigger. It’s been a year of learning to own my dreams and to believe in them. It’s been a year and a half since I began writing a memoir. It’s been almost that long since… Continue reading Say Your Big Dreams Out Loud
The sole purpose of this post is to create a space for YOU, my blog reader, to share a moment in your life where you could see God's meaning and purpose for you. Those miracles of meaning that show up in the details of your life. The moments when God's involvement in your mundane existence… Continue reading Share Your Trivial Circumstance
These are some thoughts I shared in an artist co-op meeting recently that the group asked me to write down and share. As a culture, I think we are seeing the limits of the ability of facts to combat lies. More information exists than every before. Then there’s information about the information. And then there… Continue reading Combat Lies with Creativity
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some to see.” C.S. Lewis I grew up hearing my dad opine about Gemütlichkeit. It’s a German concept that combines coziness (which my introverted American mind associates with solitude) and community. It’s… Continue reading Why “Trivial Circumstances”?