The High Cost Of Community

The High Cost Of Community

  "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." - Hebrews 12:1 If you know me at all you have probably seen pictures of me and my posse. My girlfriends.  My GF’s.   We have 27 years between us.  I have been part of this group for nearly 20. I don't remember life without them.  We will show up in your feed on retreats or arranging flowers for a girlfriend’s second wedding. You’ll know that 7 of the 9 of us have the same ankle tattoo. (Two of us will make this sisterhood symbol with permanent marker when we are in the retirement home...we'll need to find each other.) You might think that this whole “finding your tribe...

When The New Year Looks Like a Broken Road

When The New Year Looks Like a Broken Road

When I was fifteen years old I was in the passenger seat during a terrible car accident. I don’t remember much from that day or the days that followed. I sustained the most injury out of the 4 teens in that Oldsmobile on that Friday night of my sophomore year of high school. Firefighters with jaws of life removed the crumpled metal and freed my leg. All the toes in my right foot were crushed, and my face hit the dashboard with great force. Scars from the stitches surrounding my mouth are still visible these 30 years later. My right leg was broken. I hobbled on crutches for several months after ER surgeons repaired my toes.  My face was a mess but I was young and resilient. I eventually healed, with a few scars to show for the ordeal. I remember feeling beaten up and...

On Looking Back Before We Look Forward

On Looking Back Before We Look Forward

Hello 2018.  You came in downright cold today in most places here in the U.S.  Friends have messaged me all day of -20 degree temperatures in the Midwest. I found it hard to leave yoga pants and my favorite sweatshirt and opted to stay cozy in said comfort wear all day and organize my office.  (By the way, if you EVER see me attempt to purchase a journal or notebook of any kind in 2018 please STOP me...I counted 14 when I purged today.  Yes, those are just the ones that are unused.)  I'm pretty sure I purchase one every single time I see one I like.  It's a problem. But I regress. We have kept the bottom cuttings from our Christmas tree for the past seven years.  You know, the part you cut off so that water can seep up better through the trunk? Yeah, we keep them.  We take a sharpie...

One Thing To Remember About Brokenness This Christmas

One Thing To Remember About Brokenness This Christmas

  Christmas cards show scenes of Mary, halo-looped, surrounded with light and gazing at her son. Our image of the mother of Jesus is pure. It is a clean white portrait of one who is wise and serene. We have another version the Mary with hands clasped looking upward, pain etched in face while Jesus takes his last breath on the cross and declares it "finished." Mature Mary. Together. Knowing the calling on her life and His closest witness. No sister held her hand while she birthed her son and her mother did not wrap her child and offer advice. The stage from which our King would first speak words to His people: a barn, from a bed made of slivered wood. The mother of God's hand was held by no one but Joseph, her courageous husband who supplied his strength to protect God's chosen...

When The Equator Falls Off

When The Equator Falls Off

I knew the globe was weathered.  I found it at Goodwill, after all.  I loved the blue of the ocean, the way the North American mountains were raised, how time zones divided it all, and the grade-school memories that it conjured up. The globe fit squarely on the corner of my vintage desk. I often found myself mindlessly turning the world in circles, daydreaming. And one day the equator fell off. It happened like this: A month or so ago I noticed a slight loosening of the thin strip around the middle and over the next few days the whole thing came undone and the plastic just completely lost its place. I held the strand and wrapped it around my finger. It made me sad and grief welled up in my heart like everything was wrong. I left the strip curled up there on the desk, determined to...

Sending Your Child To College: Everything You Need to Know You Will Learn on Move-In Day

Sending Your Child To College: Everything You Need to Know You Will Learn on Move-In Day

Dear Neurotic Parent, Here’s the deal. You are going to move your precious child into a college dorm room soon and you’re going to feel ALL the emotions.  You’re going to spend a lot of money at Walmart. You are going to face obstacles and unexpected challenges.  You’re going to replay a montage of memories in your mind and heart and it’s gonna nearly destroy you one minute and make you beam with pride the next. Don’t worry, everything you (and your child) needs to learn about college you will learn on move-in day. 1. Everything will be more expensive than you first believe. I spent approximately $48 on Command Strips and handed over my life savings for the curtain panels, but hey, the offspring of my womb was going to be living on her own and I’ll be darned if her room doesn’t look...

A God of All Seasons: My Heart Behind the Book

A God of All Seasons: My Heart Behind the Book

My co-authored book with Tammy H. Meyer launches in just about a month!  I wanted to share just a little of my heart behind this work with you, my friends who have followed this blog for several years. So here's my heart behind this book: In my backyard in Augusta, Georgia, you will often find me crouching with a camera, taking photos of our pink Knockout Roses just outside my kitchen window. Or you might catch me rushing out the front door to capture the sun filtering through the southern pines.  In the spring, I may be entranced, trimming fresh herbs from the planter box on my back deck, just like my grandmother used to do at her place all those years ago I have always noticed the small beautiful things, and the way seasons ebb and flow and transition: the way the light changes, and...

Sunset

Sunset

It’s the longest day of the year. The sun is still hanging above the cornfields and the stalks are not tall enough yet to silhouette the sky The earth and sky touch with no interference. I stand on land that I knew as a child, my grandparent’s farm which is now my uncle’s and a thousand acres of family land stretches out around us.  I stare at the feed bunks that line the landscape and I remember the time I fell hard here.  How I struggled to heal from those scars. My heart is tugged in many directions but my eyes return to the sunset and the silos.   My mom, uncle and cousin Nancy are with me.  Mom and I have traveled a thousand miles to get back to this land.  My mother and uncle grew up here.  I spent much of my childhood on these acres. It’s home. I am lost in my own...

How To Have Wonder Woman Faith

How To Have Wonder Woman Faith

I read yesterday that Wonder Woman's film debut marked the biggest opening ever for a female director. There was huge anticipation for this debut and I might have been a little too giddy about seeing this movie. Some girlfriends and I decided it warranted costumes, especially since we were going for our friend’s 50th birthday. I mean who doesn’t feel more powerful with silver bracelets? If only we had thought to also make a Lasso of Truth. Wonder Woman was quite simply one of the most profound movies I have seen in a very long time. The story is ultimately about Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) becoming herself.  Of her believing she is who she has always been, claiming her destiny and power within.  It’s not a Christian plot, but the truths that can be drawn from the storyline left me...

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