Category Archives: Attending to His Presence

the thing I thought I’d never do {or, the core cry of all my soul-cries}

The thing about coming ridiculously alive inside is that the more His life and freedom course through to every last corner of my soul, the more I feel afraid. I know the verses, too, about how God has not given us a … Continue reading

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When buds are breaking

I walk alone by the river to clear my head after a long day. Well, that, and to burn off a few of the calories in that Chick-fil-a cookies ‘n cream shake I had for dessert tonight. That dang shake … Continue reading

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May 22 4th Friday Audio {Living Artfully: wholeheartedly showing up for your whole life – Part 1}

I come to you tonight so full-hearted, my friends. Full because last night was our second 4th Friday. Full because I felt so much more free, more relaxed, more me, as I shared my heart this time with those who came. Full … Continue reading

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If you cut me open {on jumping tandem and the tension of weakness}

I wrap my chilly feet in a blanket and sit down to write this afternoon, not knowing if I’ll be able to make much headway before my kiddos begin to stir awake from their naps. Opportunities to write, to really write, are few … Continue reading

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Uncovering Sacred Flames {and Other Thoughts Upon Turning 34}

Thanksgiving Day dawns peaceful in our household. We hang around in our PJ’s for hours, all of us reveling in the relaxed pace of our morning, and in Isaac’s thorough enjoyment of the Macy’s Parade. It’s the first year he’s really … Continue reading

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On the Nearing of Advent, and these Unpredictably Rhythmic Offerings

The Contract Pending sign has mysteriously appeared atop our For Sale sign this morning, quietly slipped in by our realtor under the cover of night. She knew it’d make us grin to discover it in first morning’s light. Though we … Continue reading

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Becoming a Different Kind of Small

My kids nap peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, and I catch up on a couple of Voxer conversations with dear friends. I meander for a moment onto Facebook, where I find that one of those friends has written a new blog … Continue reading

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Day 23: How ’bout You Be Still?

Hola, my beloved friends! Today finds me on a plane, flying to South Carolina for Allume! I’ve been looking forward to this for over a year, and am so thankful for my always-supportive hubby who’s parenting solo for a few … Continue reading

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Day 11: A Blessing for Your Saturday {and what’s coming tomorrow}

May you find your heart stilled and your eyes open for Beauty in the midst of your right-now life… home… family… circumstance. May you experience the tangible nearness and comfort of Jesus in your raw places. May your awareness be … Continue reading

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Day 4: On Nostalgia and Grieving Authentically

On Thursday morning, the kids miraculously sleep in till 7 AM. I wake up to Maia’s still-sleepy chattering from across the hotel room in her pack-n-play. I breathe a sigh of gratitude for the almost-normal amount of sleep, quickly grab … Continue reading

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