Scripture Aesthetics: Ruth

If you've never experienced the short book of Ruth, it's definitely worth a read. These four chapters folded into the Old Testament showcase the goodness of God in an earthy, glorious way that almost overwhelms the senses. Romance, intrigue, grief, faithfulness, and fearless determination wind themselves together, bound up tight with the scarlet thread of... Continue Reading →

Word: 30 Ways to Begin, Part 1

The preparations are all finished. You've got a cozy little nook waiting for you, a chunk of time blocked out just for this, essential supplies at the ready, an alert mind, and a soft heart. Now what? We took our time getting settled because I wanted the process of preliminaries to be as non-scary as... Continue Reading →

Mud Wrestling

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England's blog on February 11, 2019. You can find it here.) You know those gentle proddings from Jesus away from one thing and toward another, the kind that easily guide you along life's journey? Apparently those don't work on me. Apparently I need the... Continue Reading →

Word: Arranging Your Heart

The Wizard of Oz always fascinated me. Maybe it was the singing and the dancing or the pair of glittery heels with the power to change everything that impacted me so much. Or when reality shifted from greyscale to Technicolor and the world was new. I think, at the bottom, it was the characters. Remember... Continue Reading →

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the... Continue Reading →

Word: Readying Your Mind

Have you ever gone on a picnic, realizing too late you forgot the picnic basket (piled high with scrumptious bites and sips) on the table at home? I mean, that's kind of a major part of the outing's whole point, right? You could call that the picnic that wasn't. In the same way, you can... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

February is upon us, swirling the air almost pink, while freshly-baked treats beckon us to reconnect our scattered hearts. May you taste a hundred different kinds of love this month—the comforting kind, the surprising kind, the brave-making kind, the creative kind, the tearful kind, the forgiving kind, the steady kind. No matter where this season... Continue Reading →

Word: Collecting the Essentials

You've claimed your space. Established a time. Now the fun part: hunting for the ideal set of tools! My heart goes into low-level mourning every September when I re-realize I've grown out of new school supplies—a shiny backpack, lined paper, glittery folders, sharp-pointed pencils that leave No. 2 lead on my hands. Pastel paper clips... Continue Reading →

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