When Church Hurts

True confession:  Sometimes church people are rude.  Am I allowed to say that? God, I hope so. I desperately long for a place where I can sort it all out.  I need to make sense of the pain.  I am trying very hard to move past the wounds.  Are you? I am not mad.  Nor … Continue reading When Church Hurts

Your First Aid Kit For Surviving Embarrassment

I wasn't kind.  In a knee-jerk flash, the words had spilled from my mouth.  To bring them back was impossible.  I scurried and scrambled in my failings to fix what I'd fractured.  I confessed that I was worried I had embarrassed the person I spoke so carelessly to, but what's truer is that I had … Continue reading Your First Aid Kit For Surviving Embarrassment

How To Find Your People

Do you have people? This question matters, and I'll tell you why.  It's for times like this. The last couple weeks, I haven't had it in me to do a lot of showing up.  But I haven't had to.  My people did the showing up for me.  The relationships God has been building, before I … Continue reading How To Find Your People

Doctor’s Orders For The Busy Soul

Do you feel too reliant on other people's ideas to have great ideas of your own?  I know I do.  Listen.  I'm a Jesus-loving, self-denying, proud-to-be-available for all the others aunt.  And sister.  And daughter.  And friend.  I love all that.  I really do.  But all of that keeps me really busy.  And sometimes I … Continue reading Doctor’s Orders For The Busy Soul

How To Find The Invitations Hidden In Fear

The invitations are everywhere.  We've been invited to God's very best.  There is a bouncer who calls Himself fear, and he's scary.  Or she is.  At first she seems nice.  As crazy as it is, I think that we're friends.  It's a mystery to me because she never lets me in.  I guess secretly, I … Continue reading How To Find The Invitations Hidden In Fear

Can A Stolen Phone Be A Gift From God?

It's a Saturday night, and the power is out in my home due to storms.  I'm at work.  I decide to charge my phone there before I go home.  I return to find the charger right where I left it.  There just isn't a phone attached to the end of it. I'll be honest.  I'm … Continue reading Can A Stolen Phone Be A Gift From God?

How Do You Take Cover?

Security.  Confidence.  They're heavy words.  It's difficult to spill words onto a page without forcing them into a usable mold.  But I know that's exactly what this practice is about.  It's the necessity for a space to simply exist.  As I am.  As you are.  Without effort.  Or analysis.  And editing.  Which I'm already doing. … Continue reading How Do You Take Cover?