l e n t :: day8_might

One of the daily emails I pop open for morning guidance or encouragement is Christine Caine’s First Things First.  It’s generally a short Scripture verse or passed followed by a quick paragraph or so from Christine, a prophet, preacher, and slave-freer.  I didn’t get to that email until tonight, after spending all day mulling overContinue reading “l e n t :: day8_might”

l e n t :: day7_go

So much go in life.  Plenty articles and stories and studies exist discussing our current culture’s obsession with go-ness: our self-worth built upon the number of full slots in our calendar, or feeling like losers if we are available for a new Friday night plan on Friday afternoon, or assuming that those who only workContinue reading “l e n t :: day7_go”

l e n t :: day6_settle

set·tle    ˈsedl/,  verb resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem) “every effort was made to settle the dispute”   synonyms: resolve, sort out, solve, clear up, end, fix, work out, iron out, straighten out, set right, rectify, remedy, reconcile; informal patch up “they settled the dispute” adopt a more steady orContinue reading “l e n t :: day6_settle”

l e n t :: day4_injustice

Justice can only exist when we stop building fences.  When complacency and apathy and American self-preservation and arrogance take a back seat (or perhaps jump completely out of the car) to compassion, empathy, a true embodiment of the Golden Rule, and the permeating concept of us FOR them verses us OR them.  When we decideContinue reading “l e n t :: day4_injustice”

l e n t :: day3_look

“We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. WeContinue reading “l e n t :: day3_look”

l e n t :: day2_voice

Voices.  Some voices I hear too often, like the constant three-and-a-half-year-old storytime intermixed with eighteen month old almost-words.  Don’t get me wrong—I love my hilarious ladies and am grateful that I was able to conceive, give birth, and watch these incredible little women grow—but sometimes it is overwhelmingly loud.  And then there’s my own voiceContinue reading “l e n t :: day2_voice”

l e n t :: day1_gather

My birthday/Christmas present this year was a lens upgrade and I’ve been wanting to pick up my camera a bit more—not to join the leagues of professional photographers but to be able to capture memories of my family and natural beauty along the journey.  I’ve also been meaning to write quite a bit more butContinue reading “l e n t :: day1_gather”

love, like me

Let me share a short story about Jesus with you: And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Continue reading “love, like me”

Risk | Broken chains, thin gold threads of grace, and unchippable paint

I am teaching a literature class this year for three home schooling families—a family I just met, a family I grew up with (and my mom had early hopes of me marrying into), and my family (my first cousin).   We just finished four weeks on Fahrenheit 451 and we discussed the risk(s) that Guy MontagContinue reading “Risk | Broken chains, thin gold threads of grace, and unchippable paint”

Murky Clarity || More Transitions #IFLEAD2015

My hope was not left unfulfilled.  If you offer God your everything, God will joyfully pick you up, shake you up, take what you have offered, and expose more than you thought you had to begin with.  Well.  At least that is how I am experiencing it. The IF:Local Leaders Gathering created space for meContinue reading “Murky Clarity || More Transitions #IFLEAD2015”