Category Archives: Community

Some words about politics and loving Jesus

Oh dang. The crazy that ensued on my Facebook wall yesterday. It was somethin’ else, y’all. For any of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, suffice it to say that I shared a very thoughtful (non-inflammatory — or at least, I didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Ministry, Politics, Presence, Uncategorized, Unity within the Church | 12 Comments

in which I’m {still} learning not to play small {or: thoughts after last night’s counseling session}

Somewhere around 15 inches of snow have blanketed the Denver area over the last few days. The kids and I (and even Stan, who worked from home the last couple of days to avoid a slow, slippery, snow-packed commute) spent … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Confidence in God, Creativity, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, risk | 5 Comments

I want to tell you about the good things.

It snowed last night. Big, wet, gorgeous flakes, of which I just now realized I haven’t taken one single picture. Annnnnd, bam. Just remedied that little issue. Here you go: Though my iPhone camera doesn’t do it justice, this is the view … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Community, Confidence in God, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Encountering God in the Mundane, Family Moments, leadership, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Cracking the windows open a little wider {in which I fill y’all in a bit more on what’s up with our fam}

I sit outside tonight at the Starbucks down the street from our apartment complex, and at 6:45 PM I’ve already rolled the sleeves of my cozy flannel shirt all the way down. The Colorado air is nothing short of perfection … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Community, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Love Covers {in which I breathe deep and get honest with my fellow Jesus-followers}

My dearly adored friends, Please hear the quiet tremble of my voice and know how profoundly I treasure each of you, your presence here as you read these words today. I’m sitting on the couch with my littlest love this afternoon when I … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Compassion, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Presence, risk, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

In which there’s this *thing* I can’t escape about the way I’m made

They never fail to surprise and amaze me — these tears that burn the backs of my eyes when I sit down to try and write. In general, I’ve never been one who’s cried easily. But the older I get and … Continue reading

Posted in #4thfridays, Community, Creativity, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Presence, risk, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Community, Freedom From Perfectionism, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, Worship Leader Guts | 20 Comments

On #4thFridays {in which I take a deep breath and share the recording of my talk}

Y’all. It happened. I arrived at our church building at 5:30 this past Friday evening. Spent a good 45 minutes setting up for the evening, praying, willing my nerves to settle, blasting this one song on repeat over the church … Continue reading

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Letting you in on what I’m up to {and why I’m scared}

Oh my friends, where has the time gone? I’m sitting at my usual Starbucks location this morning, outside for a change because this Colorado spring weather is literal fresh air to my soul. When my babysitter texted last night and … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Creativity, Freedom From Perfectionism, leadership, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, risk, Worship Leader Guts | 12 Comments

To my friends with thoughts on 50 Shades: my quiet appeal

I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning with chilluns who didn’t seem to feel like sleeping, and it’s 1:30 in the afternoon as I sit down, fingers poised over keys, stomach doing flips. I’d so much rather be napping while my kids catch … Continue reading

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