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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 …

Hiking with Kids, grateful for silence

Grateful for Silence

I’m so grateful for silence this week. It’s necessary to my sanity. I got to escape to the woods on Saturday for some quiet time. A silent prayer retreat with friends from church. My favorite part of the camp was a prayer garden that was a path deep into the woods with lots of little …

D Camp

D Camp Oh Discipleship Camp, lovingly referred to as d-camp. Where should I even start? So much could be said about the 6 days of being at camp with over 100 middle school students during one of the hottest Junes ever recorded in the history of this fine state of Arkansas. Really, the amount of …

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. I had some plans that worked and some that didn’t quite pan out. I tried to pull away enough today to remember. And I had some plans to help the kids to remember. I fought through conflicting interests to pull our evening together. There were compromises. We broke homemade bread together. …

Who is Great?

Who is Great?  Matthew 18. In the moments of clarity between the clouds of sickness, i have been thinking a lot about what it means to be great. This has been a conversation on my heart for a while now. Last weekend, a friend and I spent a late night talking about how we celebrate …

BSF, Bible Study Fellowship, BSF rules

Whoever Welcomes One of These

I was doing my BSF lesson this morning and I wanted to write all about this one question that is on there, but then I remembered that I was a volunteer in the BSF children’s program last week and I had wanted to write about that. So let’s just pretend it is last Wednesday afternoon. …

A Story About Finding My Hiding Place

Finding My Hiding Place in Monday Morning Mantra Chanting Starting monday morning (and therefore my week) with yoga is one of the most sane choices i make in my schedule. And this morning, it did not disappoint. Our instructor worked us hard, but in yoga, you don’t realize how hard you are working. You’re just following…moving, …

Light in the Darkness

Isaiah 58 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what …

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

i have been reading eat, pray, love by elizabeth gilbert for several weeks. i started it because hello, anne lamott has the endorsement on the cover, and i love her. i would love to loan it to you, but it’s overdue at the library and someone else has it on reserve, thereby blocking my ability to …

Solomon, A Kindred Spirit

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. ecclesiastes 1:18 i think that in heaven, solomon and i will be great friends. i feel him when he writes these words. so often i will read something or hear something and immediately think, “i wish i didn’t know about that…” because …

BSF, Bible Study Fellowship, BSF rules

Introducing BSF With A Warning

I have gone to a Bible study every week since I moved back to Arkansas called Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), and I really love it. I’ve studied the Bible a lot of different ways with different groups and different materials…with just women, with men and women, with children…with books studies, with topical studies, with discussions …