Category Archives: Freedom From Perfectionism

In Which I’m Awkward and Afraid, but I Publish Anyway

I find myself pressed heavy into the couch on Thursday night, heart and body a thousand pounds of grief. I text a close friend in Colorado, pour out my heart to her because Stan’s at work tonight and I need … Continue reading

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The Best Way {for me} to Really Love

  Our friends who are a full life season ahead of us, they sit on our couch the other night and graciously receive Stan’s and my poured out hearts. We talk of busyness, and how being surrounded by so much … Continue reading

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Surrender to Freedom {Five Minute Friday: Release}

RELEASE Let there be release for the bound up places. The places where fear has gripped tight and squeezed tighter. Let there be release for the hidden places. The places insecurity has kept us from letting our truest selves see … Continue reading

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On 9-1-1 Calls and Being Utterly Spent

The doorbell rings once, then twice, urgently, in quick succession. Our Mother’s Day lunch with dear friends gets cut off before it even really begins as we welcome the middle of the three children from next door. She’s sobbing, afraid. … Continue reading

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Some Honesty About Our Neighborhood, and How I’m Learning to Love in this Place

It’s been months since I’ve participated in Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo Baker’s place. Why? I don’t know, other than my recent writing-related struggles. I just have not had the brain or heart energy to pull it off. BUT. I … Continue reading

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In Which I Give Up. And Show Up.

It’s dinner time. I throw a frozen pizza in the oven, quickly chop and cook some asparagus because this day has been somethin’ else. This, after opening the fridge and being dive bombed by a container of applesauce. Applesauce that, in … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom From Perfectionism, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Motherhood is Funny, Uncategorized, Writing | 13 Comments

What Happened {in me} at a Retreat in Colorado {or Bridging the Head Knowledge/Heart Transformation Gap}

Hi my friends, In the last few months, I’ve been seeing a counselor regularly. It’s one of the best things I could possibly be doing in this season to intentionally care for my heart. So a mid-March Wednesday evening finds … Continue reading

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For the Days Your Weakness Crops Up. [again.] {the one thing that will bring lasting healing and growth}

I sit down to write on Thursday evening. My children are sleeping and my husband’s at a prayer meeting, and for an hour or more, I flit back and forth between chatting with sweet friends on Facebook and reading the … Continue reading

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On Treasuring My Limits and the Courage to Be Swept Away {in which I really let the Lord awaken my heart. really.}

We dance and spin and fly around the room, my boy and I. Baby girl sits in her high chair, watching us with wide eyes. We’re pretty entertaining, I’d imagine. Daily nap time is quickly fading into the past for … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Freedom From Perfectionism, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Uncategorized | 11 Comments

On Being Human {a guest post at Victoria Doyle’s}

Happy Wednesday my friends!  I mentioned in Monday’s post that I had a guest post coming up soon — and today’s the day. My new friend Victoria is hosting my words at her place and lemme tell ya, I’m honored. … Continue reading

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