Spiritual encouragement for those seeking a deeper experience of God, from a writer passionate about making faith real.
The Christmas season is one of joy, and angst. We long to have a meaningful, simple Christmas season, but we get sucked into consumerism and a Black Friday frenzy that spilled, this year, into Thursday.
Eleven months of the year, we are pragmatists who believe frozen pizza is a nutritious meal, since it includes all the four food groups of our youth: grain, dairy, meat and veggie (never mind that all but veggie are now considered unhealthy). But in December, we suddenly think it’s a great idea to construct side dishes that need 12...
The smell of cinnamon assaults anyone who wanders into my kitchen today, as my Christmas baking has begun. Christmas music plays, and I bake. It’s an annual tradition.
Earlier this afternoon, the counter was crowded with my old recipe book, flour and bowls and mess.
Now, loaves of pumpkin bread cool on the counter, waiting to be tucked into boxes and mailed to far-flung family members and friends.Out of the mess and chaos that becomes bread dough, comes food. Sustenance. The clearest way I know to say I love you to people I care...
“You have all the time you need to do the things that God has called you to do.”
The words of a wise friend, they snagged on my busy soul—all the time I need? Really? Then why do I feel so hurried? Why do I never have enough time?
What makes this counter-cultural statement true is that last part: “that God has called you to do.” You do not have all the time you need to do everything that you feel like doing, or all the things that other people ask you to do.
Believing we have “enough”—of anything—depends on holding two...
Parenting isn’t easy–but it’s even harder if you try to go it alone. The good news is, you don’t have to!
That’s why I’m a huge fan of Moms Together, an online community that draws moms together to encourage each other and learn from one another. You’ll find practical advice and connection with other parents.
I am privileged to be a part of the conversation with this cozy group of 16,000 moms tomorrow. I have a blog post on Laura Polk’s blog tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about...
Are you doing a summer book club or study group? I’d love to hear about it–and send you bookplates.
Courtney emailed this week to tell me she’s leading a summer study of my book Breathe this summer. She’ll be using the free study guide I created when the book was published. Breathe was subsequently released under the title Making Room for God in Your Hectic Life, but the study questions are still applicable.
In addition to the study guide, I’m glad to send your group personalized book plates. These are cute...
Family devotions have often felt like an epic fail for us.
When my children were small, my husband and I wanted to be what we thought were good Christian parents, so we read Bible stories to them. My husband would come up with what he hoped were discussion questions. Sometimes they loved hearing the stories, but other times the kids would just stare at him, or go off on tangents. Trying to lead an inductive Bible study for preschoolers is about as hard as it sounds.
So we were wildly inconsistent over the years at actually sitting down...
Our friend Tim Fall graciously invited me to guest post at his blog today. An excerpt to entice you:
What is meant by “a room of her own” has been discussed countless times since Woolf said them in 1928. It’s obvious she meant much more than a physical space with four walls to contain it. But certainly she was talking about some space, and boundaries to protect it (whether physical or metaphorical).
Read the rest of my article on Tim’s...
The timing of a recent trip was perfect, and imperfect.
I left feeling weary, overwhelmed by nasty weather and too much work, my Midwestern world persistently clinging to winter. Everything was brown and soggy, buds tightly closed, all but the hardiest of my garden flowers reluctant to unfold. I took myself on a writing retreat in California where I finished a book and worked, and spent long hours in solitude—journaling, writing, walking, driving–and soaking in beauty.
I came home with my soul refreshed and a book project finished. I...
I know Lent is supposed to be serious, but this Lent has made me feel almost giddy.
Maybe it’s the sudden influx of writing projects, which God is using to provide both financially and emotionally for me. Maybe it’s the opportunities I’ve had this month to speak to women who are hungry to hear how much God loves them, and giving them permission to slow down, to rest in his love.
Or, maybe it’s reading all these wonderful blog posts from our Deeply Loved Lent study, and seeing how God is working to remind...
I had the privilege of teaching today at our church’s Moms of Teens class. We talked about how kids transition from the beliefs they’re given as children to forming their own personal convictions.
The news most moms of teens don’t want to hear is that the way to get to those convictions is to question and doubt all you’ve been raised with. In fact, you often temporarily reject or at least scrutinize those beliefs. If you don’t, you probably will have a very superficial faith–one that won’t stand up in...