Category Archives: Unforced Rhythms

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

One Thing I Know for Sure {on living soft under pressure}

It’s 7 degrees outside tonight with a forecast low of negative 4, and the snow falls still — these flakes so fine they’re almost microscopic. It’s been falling most of the day, and I’m thankful tonight that the snow’s light enough … Continue reading

Posted in Encountering God in the Messy, Encountering God in the Mundane, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Transition, Unforced Rhythms | 12 Comments

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

Posted in Advent, Attending to His Presence, Celebrations, Give Me Grace, Home and Family Management, misc. walking with Jesus, Transition, Uncategorized, Unforced Rhythms | 17 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

Posted in 31 Days 2014, Allume, Creativity, Give Me Grace, Learning Authenticity, Ministry, misc. walking with Jesus, Music, Uncategorized, Unforced Rhythms, Writing | 10 Comments

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

Posted in 31 Days 2014, Creativity, Give Me Grace, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Music, Unforced Rhythms, Writing | 30 Comments

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

Posted in 31 Days 2014, Give Me Grace, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Music, Uncategorized, Unforced Rhythms, Writing | 53 Comments

The Invitations in the Crashing Down

I didn’t write at all for two weeks. No words scribbled in a journal; no thoughts pulled up from my depths and laid bare on my computer screen. And while I have been more consistent about spilling randomness and guts … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Give Me Grace, Grief and Loss, Uncategorized, Unforced Rhythms, Writing | 28 Comments

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

Posted in Encountering God in the Messy, Freedom From Perfectionism, Give Me Grace, Grief and Loss, Uncategorized, Unforced Rhythms | 31 Comments