How I Plan to Stay Sane on the Internet in 2015

How I Plan to Stay Sane on the Internet

Over the past year or so, I've been listening to the low, rolling hum around the Internet. It comes in as a wave on the shore of the cyber beach every few years, depositing questions and doubt like flotsam after a storm. You've heard it, too: the whispered rumor that blogging is dead. It's an important conversation for those of us who read and write blogs. It feels a little like that first time we watched The Sixth Sense - wait, he was dead the whole time? How did I not see that?! There's a … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend January

As we reflect on the year past and dream about the one to come, may we walk willingly into the great mystery of God. May we learn to accept that there isn't always a why, a how, or a lesson. But there is always Jesus. And there is always love. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the way: 20 Questions for a New Year's Eve Reflection by Tsh Oxenreider - John and I have gone through these in years past and will do so again this year. Today, in fact. I can't … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in 2014

what we learned in 2014

Welcome to one of the last places on the internet where you can participate in a blog link up! We're so vintage around here. Yesterday I shared 20 Things I Learned in 2014 and wanted you to join in. Remember, it can be silly, serious, or anything in between. So link up your posts here and tell us everything. An InLinkz Link-up … [Continue reading]

20 Things I Learned in 2014

What I Learned in 2014

As we prepare to move into a new year and anticipate what's to come, it's important for me to spend a little time looking behind. This is a great week to reflect on the year that has passed and consider what we've learned along the way. At the end of every month here at Chatting at the Sky, I like to share what I've learned over the past 30 days. But since it's also the end of the year, I decided to extend this invitation to include a year-long round up. Because my post turned out to be … [Continue reading]

To Read When You Only Have a Minute

Creating space for your soul to breathe.

Listen, I know you're not really on the Internet right now. You're just popping on for a minute while the cookies bake or the derby pie sets or as you stand in line at Target or wait for the grandparents to arrive. I'm right there with you. This year they're all coming to our house. And while I've been enjoying preparing Him room in my soul over the past several weeks, today is a day to prepare actual room in my house for my family. I've been looking so forward to having them here. We'll eat, … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

In the midst of our plans and our people, may we remember to breathe. May we be patient as we consider the colorful mess of joy and grief, understanding our soul may need a little space to sit quietly in the shadows before she's ready to embrace the light. May Christ be real to us in small and big ways, and may we be open to the ways he might want to be real to others through us. Enjoy your weekend-before-Christmas, friends. Here are a few good reads for a long the way: On Being Healed of … [Continue reading]

One Thing My Soul is Begging Me to Do

lamp

Early last week I sat down to write my post for (in)courage and managed to finish it in less than an hour. I found a few photos to go with the post, titled it, saved it in drafts and didn't think again about those 500 words. Days later, I get an email reminding me my (in)courage post is due and would I kindly let them know when it's ready? I got that dread in my stomach that comes after writing on the internet for nearly 10 years, the memory of words written, words lost, and words having to … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

my corner office

Thinking of you this morning as I sit in my corner office (ha! I'm so funny) and share with you some favorite links from the Internet this week. I admit there are some days when I want to burn the laptop right up and become one of those people who doesn't know how to spell "blog." But today is not one of those days. Today, I'm deeply thankful for this space to connect with you, to talk about the gracefulness of the everyday and the sacredness of our inner lives. Am I making up words by putting … [Continue reading]

Simple Gifts to Encourage the Soul

Woodwick Bonfire Nights

Here is a collection of some of my favorite things in my house right now. These are things that help my soul breathe, some in more obvious ways than others. But I wanted to share them with you incase you have someone in your life who might enjoy one of these simple gifts. Or maybe that someone is you! Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections by Macrina Wiederkehr - My spiritual director reads aloud from this book nearly every time we meet. Macrina's words have been a kind companion for … [Continue reading]

Choosing Connection Over Competition

morning

The trees on the left live in our front yard in North Carolina, as seen yesterday morning from our front porch. The trees on the right live in Fort Lauderdale, right outside my hotel window. I'm currently in South Florida for my last trip of the year, one I've been looking forward to for many months now - not necessarily because it's my last, but because it's here, among women I've been praying for for many months. It's an honor to serve them and worth every bit of nervous twitching before I get … [Continue reading]