Category Archives: Ministry

Leading is vulnerable {in which I break through the non-writing fog}

Dang, y’all. It’s intimidating, this showing up in front of The Blank Screen after weeks of not writing. And the longer I’ve waited, the more I’ve thought I might prefer to just not show up. At least, not any time soon. So, … Continue reading

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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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How I’m Learning to Approach Relationships Differently {on leading people to Jesus… or not}

Monday morning finds me down the street from our place at what has become my favorite Starbucks in our area. I’m growing to enjoy the quirks of the different baristas, and today I find myself smiling as I sit alone with … 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

Posted in Freedom From Perfectionism, Give Me Grace, leadership, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, risk, Uncategorized, Worship Leader Guts | 12 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

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

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Community, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, Presence, Uncategorized | 24 Comments

Day 31: On Kind Curiosity, and What I’m Going to Do Now

Thursday evening finds me at Starbucks, sent here by my precious hubby to write this, my last. post. of my 31 Days series. I can hardly believe it’s over. This, after having spontaneously shared a new song with you today, as a guest … Continue reading

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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 21: All Good Things Cast Shadows

Monday morning comes early. So early, in fact, that I’m nearly unable to keep my eyes open as I try to drag thoughts out of my head and give them air in my morning pages. I scribble ’round and ’round … Continue reading

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