For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May we embrace the courage to speak up, hold firm, and move forward without forsaking the wisdom of staying silent, letting go, and walking away. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few things my family and I have been up to lately: We teamed up with some girlfriends to bring you The Hope*ologie Podcast! Because sometimes you need to take your cues from Tom and Donna and treat yo self by giving your future self a gift (Click the direct link to listen to the podcast or you can … [Continue reading]

Spring 2015 Reader Survey

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Hello kind reader! I'm so thankful you choose to spend a bit of your time here with me at Chatting at the Sky. And while I feel like you know a fair amount about me, I would love to know more about you. Would you be willing to take a couple of minutes to answer a few questions to help me get to know you better? Your answers will help me know ways I might better serve you in your particular season of life. Thanks so much! … [Continue reading]

When Your Heartbeat Feels Like a Drumbeat

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Last week I bit into an apple that tasted precisely like one bottle of men's cologne. Well that's curious. I reasoned it cannot be possible that this fruit from God's green earth tasted like it had actually been fed Drakkar Noir from the moment it first broke seed as if the farmer was some kind of deranged Abercrombie & Fitch model with something to prove. I had to take a second bite to be sure. When the second bite confirmed it, I turned slow-motion style to the table where the kids sat … [Continue reading]

On Learning to Leave Things Behind

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Sometimes you need a lot more margin than you plan for and last week was one of those times for me. I went dark online as I prepared to serve at a conference here in my hometown. I fight this inability to multi-task better. I mean, I had two babies at once! I could make grocery lists and nurse babies and breathe all at the same time. I am a professional multi-tasker. But when it comes to writing a talk to deliver to local women I know and love, the preparation took on a life of it's own. And … [Continue reading]

When Doing Leads to Undoing

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I’m learning to crochet. Is that dorky? I have a feeling what the hipsters do with yarn these days is knitting. But I’ve heard that takes two needles which is completely intimidating. So for now, it’s crochet. The girls and I took a class at a local craft store, and after three hours we learned one stitch — if that’s even what you call it. We make rows over and over again in a line, turn, and make another line. It’s too narrow for a blanket, too wide for a scarf, and it doesn’t matter anyway … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

May I learn a to practice holy indifference when it comes to others opinions of me. May I lose my sharp ability to discern disapproval, be it real or perceived, so that I may move toward others without fear or agendas. Keep my heart light like a sacred balloon. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way: Cultivate the Deep, Cultivate the Simple by Micha Boyett Three Things We Need to Stop Saying to Youth Group Kids by Addie Zierman Anne Lamott on Priorities … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in February

What We Learned in February

At the end of every month, we have a regular practice here of looking back before moving forward. While some of the deeper, more in-process things I may keep private for a while, other things are fun to share here. And when you share things you’ve been learning, I always discover lots of fun tips, great new books and shows, and encouraging thoughts to begin the month. We’re all at different spots on the journey, and these end of the month posts are a way to reflect, share, and celebrate on … [Continue reading]

What We Find on Our Simple Tuesdays

Simply Tuesday

Last night our eight year old son watched the weather app like a professional meteorologist, predicting snow and school closings. We mostly ignored him because there is no way school will be closed tomorrow now go brush your teeth. You know how this story ends. This surprise snow is much like life, right? We plan, but we don't really know. And so, like so many of you, we're home again from school, raising the tally of makeup days to five. It's simply Tuesday, y'all. The past few … [Continue reading]

For Your Sunday

for your Sunday

Today let's be people of the invisible kingdom. Let's sink low to the ground, pick up our crosses and our shoes off the floor, eat the bread of life in the morning and serve it up at lunch with peanut butter, jelly and no trace of crust for all the people we love. Let's practice silence in the pew and also over dinner as we listen before we say so many words. Let's carry the mystery of God with us into the sanctuary of the church and the sacred corner of the living room. Let's remember he … [Continue reading]

Learning to Walk Without an Agenda

Walking Without an Agenda

Most of the time we walk in order to get somewhere. But sometimes we need to walk in order to remember where we are. I've come to recognize when my soul needs a little more space than I've been giving her, a little more room to think and consider. This morning as I sat in the corner of my sunroom sofa, holding warm coffee and reading in Matthew 6, I felt it like a switch - You have to get outside. Go now. Like much of the east coast today, our town is covered in a snowy, icy mix. I walk out … [Continue reading]