Justice and Mercy

We're about to enter the season of practicing gratitude for what we have and those we love. It's a time for considering others as more important than ourselves, remembering that it's still more blessed to give than to receive. Shall we inaugurate this change of weather and thought with a little outward-focused contemplation? Our adventure... Continue Reading →

Creative Thinking

Fall is a beautiful time to dream big, try big, and even fail big. I just finished up a free online art class that included some ways to view the world creatively. The instructor suggested taking walks in nature, paying attention to the different kinds of light you'll encounter: filtered through changing leaves, dappling the... Continue Reading →

The Heart of the Woods

Once upon an autumn, there lived a forest. Though the trees were lovely to look at, their dislike for one another made their hearts ugly and filled the sky with a dreadful noise. (Of course, you couldn't hear their bickering; when people walked through the forest, those trees held their breath and were the quietest... Continue Reading →

(Re)treat Yo Self

"When you work, Jesus rests. When you rest, Jesus works." Jack Frost A clean house. Zero responsibilities. No drama. Remember the part in How the Grinch Stole Christmas where his "small heart grew three sizes that day?" That's how I felt during my first ever personal retreat earlier this week. I'll give you a rundown... Continue Reading →

Merrily We Roll Along

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4) Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1) Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. (Ecclesiastes 9:7) I was reading my... Continue Reading →

Strength in Weakness

Liar, liar, pants on fire! (Some random line about a telephone wire...) Kids chant about obvious falsehood, tiny truth radars built into their DNA. They can often spot a lack of genuine character a mile away. Sadly, though, we grow out of our ability to quickly spot lies around us, and nowhere is the resulting... Continue Reading →

When Jesus Messed Up

I was born with a desperate need for perfection. I hate having to admit I was wrong about anything; as I'm wrong fairly often, it's a vicious way to live. The most constructive criticism or even the softest suggestion tears away at my ego, hinting that I should have known better, should have chosen better... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Ann(e) Shirley Everyone plays favorites: coffee flavors, scary books, autumn smells, whatever. We all hold certain bits of reality closer because something about them affirms truth to us. Tiny pieces of beauty in a world gone crazy, vestiges of hope, reminders of our... Continue Reading →

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