For Your Weekend

for your weekend - january

May we find a friend who keeps our secrets, do the work placed in our hands, read a book that speaks our language, trusting all into God's hands. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads for along the ways A Complicated Peace by Sarah Bessey - Because sometimes life takes turns you don't expect and we need to make room for grief and joy to co-exist. Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong by Sophie Hudson - Because lately I want to read everything … [Continue reading]

The Spiritual Discipline of Wearing Better Pants

colorful clothes in my closet

When I graduated from high school, my youth pastor gave all the seniors a book on the spiritual disciplines. Good girl that I was, I marked that book up in all the best ways, purposing to tackle a discipline a week for however long it took to become the best possible version of myself - prayer, scripture reading, fasting, etc. I knew I couldn't be perfect but I thought it would be alright to get closer than anyone else. Several years of Bible college, marriage, and mothering later, I … [Continue reading]

The Hope*ologie Podcast :: Episode 5

The Hopeologie Podcast - January

"Hope is contagious. Hope is like yeast and baking powder. It has an energy that makes things rise. If you want to know if you are good for others, ask yourself how much hope you've given them. It is there you will find your answer." - Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart Sometimes you do things that light up the sky, firework light that dazzles and sings. And that light draws attention and crowds with all kinds of joy and excitement, what some might call a movement. Most times, … [Continue reading]

One Book I Hope You’ll Add to Your 2015 List

Simply Tuesday

When John and I were first engaged, the one question people asked me the most (right after "When's the big day?!") was where we were planning to honeymoon. One night several months before the wedding, a girl asked me this question as we made hi-I-just-met-you small talk. "New England," I answered, ready to give her the specifics. "Oh! Have you ever been?" "No," I told her, pleased by the look on her face when she heard it, "I'm really looking forward to it." She promptly launched … [Continue reading]

The Spiritual Discipline of Learning Nothing

Releasing My Lesson Obsession

Last week we walked through a profound disappointment with one of our girls. I use the word "profound" because that's how it feels when you're eleven. Basically, she longed for something that, in the end, belonged to someone else. As her mom, I see all the necessary parts of growing up happening in this one disappointment -- the spiritual discipline of letting go, the practice of faith, the understanding that smallness is not always something to run away from. But in her most vulnerable … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend in January

May I be willing to see myself as I am and not as I wish I was. When I choose pretense over presence, may it be to me so foul an experience that I give up and give in, bringing every try-hard moment to Christ. Rather than working hard to create my own identity, may I be willing to receive the gift of myself from the hands of God. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads (and listens and watches) for along the way: Finding God in the Ordinary by Ruth Haley Barton - A good reminder … [Continue reading]

The 10 Best Books I Read Last Year

My Favorite Books of 2014

Here are some of my favorite books I read last year. (To get more lists of great books, you can check out Anne Bogel's post where she shared her favorites and invited others to share theirs.) To be clear, these aren't books released last year, simply ones I read and enjoyed. For perspective, I only read about 30 books total, so here are my top third in random order:   The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle Melanie's memoir about motherhood is on my Recommended Reads … [Continue reading]

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]