Journal

Journal

On Good, Good Things

I awoke with a start—not knowing that Feast Table dream was about to change everything One summer night, I had a dream about a backyard table. With abundance set atop rugged wood. With chairs waiting to be filled, and a feast that was about to begin. All we had to do as believers, was pull…
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On Seasons (Après Summer)

Après: French for after  We’re hovering in that beautiful après time… between summer’s fade to end and autumn’s begin. I’m holding on to the golden summer from these snapshots. It was travel and new friends. Visits from dear family (sweet baby nephews!) who live halfway across the globe. Speaking some. Writing lots. Prepping for kids’…
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On Politics (The Status of All Things)

There’s a book that sits on the desk in my office. It’s worn and the pages are yellowed now, after years of being read. I’ve scribbled notes in the margins. Page corners are dog-eared. I even have dates jotted in the front cover so I’ll find them the next time I seek the words that are…
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On Dreams

Look out, dear friends, on this lovely Friday — look out and DREAM BIG. This photo was snapped by a friend a couple of years ago. I was waiting for a dinner meeting and was caught unaware… dreaming of becoming an author again. I post it from time to time because it’s a reminder to…
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On Choices

The last thing I expected was to be handed a life lesson with my cup of to-go coffee. But that’s what I got. It was a rare morning when I had nothing immediate on my schedule, so I’d found some precious free time to run through a drive-thru. I ordered my usual mocha latte and turned to…
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On Remembrance

I’d always looked up to my grandmother She was a mentor in my life and her opinion mattered greatly to me. She also suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in her final years, which stole much from this beautiful, once active college professor — including the memories she’d built up in more than eighty years of living. We’d…
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Verse Mapping 101: Steps to Study the Bible Like Never Before

  You’re here because you want to need God’s Word. You want to learn it. To love it. To make it your oxygen and apply its promises to your daily faith walk. If you want to unpack the context of the Scriptures you’re reading but do it in a super-simple way— looking at the Hebrew/Greek…
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On Failure

What are you afraid of most, Mommy? We were driving to school and my four year-old’s question bounced up out of the back seat, catching me completely off guard. I honestly had to think about it before giving him an answer. Creepy-crawly things give me the heebie-jeebies, so I’m not partial to spiders. (I will scream…
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On Labels (I’m a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Can we still be friends?)

I’m a Christian. You’re an Atheist. Can we still be friends? It’s a question we shouldn’t have to ask, but we still do. I’ve had friends over the years who’ve held a range of beliefs outside of my Christian faith—Islam, Hinduism, Animism, Judaism, Paganism, and no religious affiliation being a few among them. Some were Christians once and…
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On Inviting

“It’s up to you, but I think we should consider killing _________ [insert character name].”  I was reminded today of a phone call I had with my editor some time back. She’d received my manuscript and in reading it through, had that key suggestion for our book. Without even thinking, I chimed in: “Yes — Good! Let’s…
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