Category Archives: Give Me Grace

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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On bringing weakness as an offering {a friday story}

Friday morning gets off to a rough start. Both kids are extra, extra high-maintenance, and my irritability level is high. I speak to my sweet boy more harshly than I should, and I find myself apologizing to him twice before lunch time … Continue reading

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In which I take a deep breath and share… {#oneword2015}

Tears burn the backs of my eyes as I open my WordPress “Create New Post” page this afternoon. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s what happens to me more often than not when words are ready to be given voice. They … Continue reading

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In Which I Try and Break Through the Fog of Transition

Where do you start when it’s been weeks since you’ve written and your entire life has been flipped upside down during the days on end of writerly silence? This move has been the best kind of change, but my goodness, it has … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, Celebrations, Give Me Grace, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Transition, Travel, Unforced Rhythms | 12 Comments

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

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Cultivating A Heart of Gratitude, Encountering God in the Messy, Encountering God in the Mundane, Family Moments, Give Me Grace, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Marriage, misc. walking with Jesus, One Word, Parenting, Presence, Unforced Rhythms | 11 Comments

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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When the Waiting Might Possibly Never End

It’s the 7th of November, and today marks a full week of silence in this space. The last few days, this flicker has grown inside me — the desire to birth a piece of my soul here — but I … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Mundane, Give Me Grace, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Uncategorized | 31 Comments

Day 26: Sharing One More New Song with You {Jesus, I Love You}

Hola my friends! Sunday has rolled around again — the last Sunday of the month! Today as I’m traveling home from Allume, I’m revealing one final new song to you here. I’ll leave it to the video to explain a … Continue reading

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Day 19: Singing for You Again {The Way You Love}

Happy Sunday, my friends! Today I’m sharing another song with you, written by yours truly. I give you a bit of the story behind the song on the video, so I’ll spare you that here. I’ll tell you though, that … Continue reading

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Day 12: In Which I Sing for You {just breathe}

Okay, my friends. Here we are. It’s Sunday, and I’ve promised you me. On camera. Singing and playing one of my own songs. Whew. Deep breaths, Dana. This is completely unprecedented for me, as I’ve never shared my own music … Continue reading

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