When Your Dream Begins to Change

when your dream changes

They had a dream to create a place where they could take the old, beautiful things – the wooden chairs and side tables and other broken pieces people tend to throw away – and give them new life. They wanted a place to do what they had always done: make the used into art.   I shared their story here before, how they wanted a shop, how they dreamed of a name and came up with Chartreuse, a word they thought of separately in the night and realized it in the morning, their oneness showing itself … [Continue reading]

A Million Little Ways ebook Only 1.99

a million little ways ebook sale

I have a real post coming later today, but I just found out that A Million Little Ways ebook is only 1.99 at Amazon - not just US! It looks like Europe and Canada are playing along, too. You can download that free Kindle app for your phone or computer and grab a copy of A Million Little Ways. Okay - I'll be back in a few with a real post. … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in August

What we learned in August

It’s the end of the month so it’s time to share what we learned in August! 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 and all learning is welcome. Here are seven things I learned in August in no particular order. 1. Instead of saying, "My patient is 5 cm dilated" or "My patient is pushing" my nurse friend Anna tells me she and fellow labor and delivery … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend


In the warm close of summertime, may the colors of nature remind you that you, too, are created. May you find peace in your body and soul this weekend as you move about in your world wholly accepted, loved, and seen. May you remember how Christ came down to be with you and makes your heart his home. And may your life be the kind that brings his presence near to others. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Come back Monday where we'll be sharing together What We Learned in August, a fun monthly … [Continue reading]

What Love Never Does

What Love Never Does

Lately I've been taking more walks, the kind where I put on shoes and go outside and refuse to respond to the ping. It takes more work than it should, at least for me, to release an hour of productivity and replace it with something unknown. Will I feel refreshed after? Will it really clear my head? Will I regret this wasted time later? These questions are always a good sign that narcisstic Emily is threatening a mutiny and it's time to get into the woods and be small again. I generally … [Continue reading]

One Question I Ask Myself Before I Pray for Clarity

Praying for Clarity

She runs past me on my way up the stairs, shouting over her shoulder, "I know it isn't true, but I'm going to prove it to you." She heads out the front door to the yard and waves her arms up toward the sky. I continue up the stairs and when I get to my bedroom, there are her sister and brother at the window, one holding an iPad. Over their shoulder I notice our address is typed into the map app, the camera zoomed in to an aerial view of our cul-de-sac. I'm starting to catch on. They stare … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend

May I stop dreading small beginnings and embrace the importance of my right-now work. May I understand the difference between good and best. May I remember to write down the gifts found today incase I lose sight of them tomorrow and may I be willing to be the gift for others, no matter what that may mean. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Ordinary Tuesdays: For the Broken Hopefuls by Kaitlyn Bouchillon for (in)courage Married Couple Discovers They First Met as Preschoolers by Marisa Kabas … [Continue reading]

A Staying Prayer for Mothers of College Freshmen

a staying prayer for mothers of college freshmen

The next few days may be marked with lasts,  but soon her grown-up child begins a new set of firsts. She helps him pack his bags with clothes and his boxes with books. But you see what the mamas carry in their hearts – anticipation, longing, love, regret, anxiety, nostalgia, and resolve. They are a mix of excited, terrified, and closed-eyed hope. As she watches her child look for a fresh start, remind her to make her home in you. As she sends her freshmen off into the world, make her feet … [Continue reading]

For When You Feel Like a Spectator to Grief: A Reflection on the Death of Robin Williams

For When You Feel Like a Spectator to Grief  - Reflections on the Death of Robin Williams

In the quiet of this morning, before the sun comes up behind the trees in our yard, I acknowledge how very little I know. Because the pain in the world is sometimes too much to bear and our backs can bend heavy beneath it, rounding over and caving in like a tired question mark. Some losses hit you harder than others and I don't know exactly why that is. It can be difficult to know how to process the death of someone you only know from the movies or because they're in the public eye. I still … [Continue reading]

One Reason Why Rest Takes Courage

soul rest

“Prison,” she said after sharing with me how desperately tired she was, “is starting to sound really good.” She wasn’t in danger of being convicted of anything, unless exhaustion is considered a crime. But she was so tired that even the idea of prison didn’t repel her if it meant she could be on a mattress and read a book alone. Seems to me there are easier ways to get time alone than prison (Maybe a hotel? A lock on the bedroom door? Something that doesn’t involve bars?) but I knew what she … [Continue reading]