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]

Becoming a Soul Minimalist

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After a weekend out of town, I head to the gym to work off pent-up energy from van riding, airplane sitting, and waiting through flight delays. As I approach the elliptical, I look forward to the exercise as well as the chance to catch up on the Art of Simple podcast hosted by my friend, Tsh. I choose one called Freedom From Stuff, an interview with author and blogger Joshua Becker. I've enjoyed Joshua's blog, Becoming Minimalist, for a while now but I've never heard an interview with him. He … [Continue reading]

How I Keep Track of What I’m Learning

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At the end of every month, I host a link up called What We Learned for all of us to share what we learned in the past 30ish days. One of the most common comments I get from people is Oh! I keep meaning to join you but I have no idea what I learned this month! Let's be real - most of us most of the time are just trying to make it through the week without running out of clean underwear. How can I expect us to learn things, much less remember what they are!? Enter today's post. The problem … [Continue reading]

How to Have Eyes Outside Your Body

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We stand for the sending song at the end of the service and I stare down at my shoes, remembering how I'm wearing my son's socks this morning. Reaching up to tuck a stray lock of hair behind my ear, it hits me: Everyone else has a better idea of what my hair looks like from behind than I do. You thought this was going to be a serious post, didn't you? I allow myself a minute to follow this childlike (childish?) train of thought and realize it's not only my hair, but really everything about … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend - Chatting at the Sky

"There's something beautiful and clarifying and terrifying all at once in being at the beginning . . . To be a beginner is to be full of hope-filled humility, to be overflowing with eager expectation that is simultaneously held in check by the obvious gap between your aspirations and current abilities. To be a beginner is to be pregnant with dreams but nascent with skill, and then to set about the work of cultivating the life of both." Michael Yankoski, The Sacred Year Many things we could … [Continue reading]

A Little Bit of Truth, a Whole Lot of Freedom

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Today I've invited my friend Stacey Thacker to share the power of remembering hope in the midst of everyday chaos. I scratch the word hope in my best, albeit bad, handwriting on a memo board in my kitchen while I’m supposed to be doing dishes. The dishes are mocking me today. It seems like I can’t get to the bottom of the sink no matter how hard I try. I’m determined at 11:00 pm to wrestle them into the dishwasher and scrub down the sink because Monday needs to start with a clean slate. It has … [Continue reading]

The Surprising Truth About Finding My Calling

3 Surprising Lessons I Learned When Finding My Calling

When John and I first brought our twins home from the hospital, I was secretly horrified that the doctors let us take home these tiny baby girls born seven weeks too early. Shouldn’t a responsible grown up be in charge? We didn’t feel capable but we didn’t have time to wait for our feelings to catch up with our reality. There was too much work to do. When it comes to finding my calling as a writer, I have made several surprising discoveries similar to how I felt as a new parent. 1. A … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

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May we make time to travel alone along the silent pathway to our soul. May we not talk ourselves out of hope, but may we gather up the faith and love we find along the way and hand it out generously to others. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are some good words and good news for along the way: Surprised by Love by Lisa Leonard - Because sometimes the deepest concepts are best expressed with few words. I Like to Be With You by Annie Barnett for Grace Table - Because really we need … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in January

What We Learned in January 2015

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 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 purpose. Here … [Continue reading]

The Importance of Following Clues


The sun went down laughing last night, leaving behind evidence of a beautiful exit. I never saw her directly, though it wasn't for lack of trying, let me just tell you.  But she had her path and her timeline and she kept to it, no matter if I could find a good perch to spot her from before she slipped away for the night. Still, it was obvious she'd been here. The trail of beauty left behind points to a source beyond itself. And you know what? Burdens leave a trail, too.  "The soul was … [Continue reading]