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Month 4: Radio Silence {Seven}

We are about halfway through Month 4 of this crazy little mutiny against excess, as Jen Hatmaker calls it in her book. A group of us started strong in February eating only seven foods for one month. (really, really hard) Then we wore seven items of clothing in March. (easy peasy) Then in April we …

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Compassion on Mother’s Day

  Having Compassion on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day always sneaks up on me, but it slapped me hard across the face this week when my mom said something about how my Grandmother always would take us all out for pizza on Mother’s Day. While she was talking, I realized that this will be the first …

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Month 3: Seven Possessions

Well, today is the end of Month 3 of Seven. If you’ve been here for a while, you know that I am participating with a group of girls in following Jen Hatmaker’s challenge to take on seven areas of excess in our lives in seven months. This month was Possessions, in which the goal was …

A Cup of Tea with A Side of Prayer

 I just need a couple of hours to myself. Do you ever feel that way? Since Spring Break, it feels like we have been in catch up mode.  Since my husband works at a church, sometimes Holy Week is really busy.  I have to be super intentional to pay attention on Easter Weekend or sometimes …

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Good Friday

For Good Friday, I have combed back through some of my favorite essays in the Lenten Reading collection, Bread and Wine. Several weeks ago, I underlined almost every paragraph of this particular one by Henry Drummond about Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. When I returned to it this morning, it touched me again so I chose …

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3 Encouragements from Reading Bonhoeffer

Only he who cries out for the Jews may sing Gregorian chants. Dietrich Bonhoeffer In January I joined up with a fellow blogger who was hosting a read-along of Bonhoeffer’s biography by Eric Metaxas with the understanding that we would post our thoughts on the first half of this book on February 15 and then …

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Bonhoeffer

In January I joined up with a fellow blogger who was hosting a read-along of Bonhoeffer’s biography by Eric Metaxas with the understanding that we would post our thoughts on the first half of this book today and then do the same for the second half of the book on March 15. I’m so grateful …

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Entering In

Today is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent. The wait for spring. For Resurrection. This treasure of a book, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, has been my Lenten companion for several years now.  It is a collection of essays by all different writers.  It opens with this beautiful quote from Graham Greene: …

Month 1: Seven Foods

Month 1 of Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess So, you may remember that in back in the fall, I read Jen Hatmaker’s book Seven.  I mentioned then that a group of us would be tackling a similar project in 2013. Well here it is. We are a week into Month 1 which is FOOD. …

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Why Church?

  We are currently in the middle of a series at our church called DTR (Define The Reliationship). Last week, in his less than endearing off-the-cuff manner, Taido told the story of how our relationship changed one night when we had a DTR.  We wouldn’t have called it that back then because Define The Relationship …

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Under the Broadway Bridge

Every day, I drive over one of the many bridges that connects my town to downtown Little Rock.  We walk on them, ride bikes over them, drive to and from school over them.  Most days, I give no thought to what is happening underneath these bridges, or more accurately, who is under them.  This is …

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Letting Go

My beautiful grandmother went home home to be with Jesus last Saturday. And though I earnestly prayed all last week that she might be released from her earthly body, I have found that with each day that dawns, the world seems darker without her in it. Today we will bury her and say goodbye.  We …

Holding On

As I write this morning, my Grandmother, who is the queen of the world in my heart, is fading from us.  She is taking her last breaths on this earth, and every one seems more labored than the last. Yesterday at church, on this first Sunday of Advent, I sang Angels We Have Heard On …

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Advent Readings

Are you looking for something to read this Christmas?  Here are my Advent Readings for this year. My six year old, Simon, is counting down the days until December 1st. He remembers fondly that even though there is currently no evidence of the coming season in our house, we usually start Christmas on December 1st …

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Eyes Wide Open

I’ve been trying to hold my eyes wide open this week to see the good in the world. Though I am constantly trying to cultivate a heart of thanks, it’s more than being grateful. I am also fighting to stay in the light. Praying for eyes to see and ears to hear. Beautiful things. Here …

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Seven

Last week I read Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, and thinking about this book is taking up the better part of my brain.  The book is the storytelling of her efforts to do a fast of sorts for seven months, from seven different things. One month she eats seven foods. One …

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The Good Life

The Good Life. What images do those words bring to your mind? For me, I picture my camp chair in a mountain valley, a campfire circle, warm mittens and a thermos of coffee. Or maybe it would be sitting in the warm sunshine around a farm table in Italy, covered with ceramic flasks of wine …

Celebrating Mama

We are celebrating Mama today because it is her birthday. But I am celebrating more than just that she was born today. I am giving thanks for the difference between last year and today. Last year at this time Mama was in a hospital, she weighed less than 100 pounds and was struggling to retain …

Still by Lauren Winner

I borrowed Lauren Winner’s new book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, at the beginning of the summer from a friend.  And I still haven’t returned it. It’s one of those books that you can read in one sitting if you don’t stop yourself, so after I read about half of it, I sort of …