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]

Let’s Share What We Learned in November

What We Learned November

It's that time again - time to share all the things we learned in November!  Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any kind of learning is welcome. Here are five things I learned in November in no particular order: 1. How to make a yarn tassel with just my hand and a pair of scissors. The girls and I have been winding up yarn all month! 2. Siri … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend november

In a brokenhearted world, I want to remember God's love in the morning and his faithfulness at night. Maybe you'll join me. Maybe it will help. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads along the way: Favorite Indies :: Christa Wells shares some of her favorite Indie tunes. Love these! Then Came Jesus :: A four-week Bible study for Advent written by my friend, Lara Williams. The Anti-Hustle :: by Sarah Sandel saying good, important things. What I'll Be Giving … [Continue reading]

A Simple Blessing to Encourage Hope

a benediction from Chatting at the Sky

To end the week, I want to offer you an extended weekend blessing, one I shared at our Hope*ologie Live event last weekend. I wrote it over time, pieces of it come from years ago, other pieces I wrote specifically to remind us of hope in the areas where we are perhaps most often discouraged - home, family, and soul. In the regular rhythms of home and play, of work and washing, of listening and slow conversation, may we see God even though we can’t see God. May our home be a place of quirky … [Continue reading]

When Recovery is Slow and Invisible

Grace for the Good Girl

Remember that Friends episode where Phoebe and Rachel go running through Central Park and Rachel gets embarrassed because Phoebe runs like a lunatic? Her arms flail about and her legs look like frog legs and Rachel just didn’t want to be associated with Phoebe and all her elbows. (Below is a clip of that scene I love so much.) When Phoebe confronts her and asks why she cares so much what people think, Rachel responds, “Because they’re people!“ And so it has gone for me. “If you wonder … [Continue reading]

Grace for the Good Girl ebook Only 99¢ (!!)

Grace for the Good Girl only 99 cents

It's a rainy Monday in Greensboro but the sun is shining on the internet because the ebook for my first book, Grace for the Good Girl, is on sale today and tomorrow for only 99 cents! (I know. I'm too giddy about this. Bless my heart.) Grab your copy here for Kindle,  Nook, Lifeway Reader or anywhere ebooks are sold. Here is a four minute video of some of my local friends sharing about their own personal try-hard life stories. I tear up every single time I watch - and I've watched it a … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

God Made Light

May this weekend be a time to . . . "Sing songs ‘round campfires. Make marshmallow s’mores. Let Grandpa tell stories. Wage flashlight wars! And if you ever feel scared in the darkness of night, remember the shadows are no match for God’s light." - from God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner, a  lovely addition to your child's library. And, truth be told, great for grown ups, too. Enjoy your Saturday, friends. … [Continue reading]

How to Make Time Stand Still

Fil Anderson

They say time flies but it doesn't always have to be that way. These words from John O'Donohue give the recipe for how to make it stop. Draw alongside the silence of stone Until its calmness can claim you. Be excessively gentle with yourself. Stay clear of those vexed in spirit. Learn to linger around someone of ease Who feels they have all the time in the world. Gradually, you will return to yourself, Having learned a new respect for your heart And the joy that dwells far within … [Continue reading]

for your weekend

Greensboro, NC

May your weekend be slow and full all at once, and may you be thoughtful and free within it. Enjoy it, friends. Here are a few good reads along the way. Slow and Quiet by Adam S. McHugh When it Doesn't Feel Like Plenty - podcast with Leeana Tankersley How to Stay: A Sense of Place for the Tent-Loving Nomad by Christa Wells What Brings You Life? by David G. Benner … [Continue reading]