Category Archives: Goodness of the Gospel

on living in the uncomfortable tension {or: all the stuff I didn’t say yesterday}

Hey, my friends, I gotta say this first: Your responses to my post from last night, both here and on my Facebook page, have been such healing balm for both Stan’s and my hearts. I’m just undone. {Quick note: If you … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom From Perfectionism, Goodness of the Gospel, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Marriage, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 4 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

Posted in Community, Compassion, Give Me Grace, Goodness of the Gospel, leadership, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus | 20 Comments

A broken piece of my story, and one thing that scares me

The dream is poignant. Terrifying. We’re in Kansas City, and an unnamed social worker has located some distant member of Maia’s biological family — a great grandmother, maybe? — who wants to raise our daughter. And somehow, despite our very finalized, … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Confidence in God, Encountering God in the Messy, Freedom From Perfectionism, Goodness of the Gospel, Grief and Loss, leadership, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, risk, Uncategorized, Unforced Rhythms | 31 Comments

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

Posted in Community, Creativity, Give Me Grace, Goodness of the Gospel, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, One Word, Transition, Uncategorized, Writing | 48 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

Posted in Confidence in God, Freedom From Perfectionism, Goodness of the Gospel, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

In Which I Emerge from a Long Silence

Hi, my dear friends! Long time no talk. I’ve been quiet here. Oh wait, except there was that time a couple weeks ago when I wrote a whole blog post, ALMOST finished it, and then got completely new insight around … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Cultivating A Heart of Gratitude, Encountering God in the Mundane, Goodness of the Gospel, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, Uncategorized, Writing | 10 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

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Freedom From Perfectionism, Goodness of the Gospel, Guest Posts, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus | 7 Comments

My One Word for 2014

For weeks I’ve been circling, not wanting to land.  Eyeing this one word way down below.  Skeptically. I’ve contemplated others, rolled ideas around in my heart, hoping the Lord would highlight to me a word, or even a phrase, that felt more … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom From Perfectionism, Goodness of the Gospel, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, One Word, Uncategorized | 21 Comments

Why I’ll Be Quiet A While {and my blessing for you in this Christmas season}

Tonight Stan and I put our Maia-girl to bed, then we cuddled with Isaac on the couch while we watched a Veggie Tales Christmas movie.  Stan read him the Christmas story before bed and I did my best to explain … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Celebrations, Goodness of the Gospel, misc. walking with Jesus, One Word, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

The Post-Publish Battle: On Writing and Letting Go {a guest post at The Better Mom}

Happy Sunday morning to you my friends!  I’m excited this morning to point you in the direction of The Better Mom website, where they are graciously hosting my writing today. This guest post was birthed in the same season as I … Continue reading

Posted in Goodness of the Gospel, Learning Authenticity, Uncategorized, Writing | 6 Comments