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When You Don’t Have Time to Relax

The new standard answer for how are you doing? has shifted from a bland fine to a hurried busy. Very busy, lately. It’s so easy to say that it’s important to leave space to breathe, recharge, practice hospitality, and see the unexpected beauty of God. But what happens when you have a million obligations on your plate that you… Continue reading When You Don’t Have Time to Relax

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Everyday Grace for Anxious Hearts

I’m a runner, but not in the heavy-breathing, outdoors, sweaty way. My version of running isn’t nearly as healthy, and it feels like a treadmill that just won’t stop. I’m all too often running from regrets, difficult feelings, and constant, nagging guilt and shame. I run to avoid the insistent whisper from that dark place inside that asks, am… Continue reading Everyday Grace for Anxious Hearts

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Mismatched Tupperware, and Other Beautiful Things.

“You know,” she insisted. “You have more space than you think.” It’s funny how that particular afternoon in October came rushing back to me on this bone-cold January morning, looking for a mug. My mother-in-law had come to stay , and we were giving her the tour of our apartment, ending in the kitchen. Before really deciding… Continue reading Mismatched Tupperware, and Other Beautiful Things.

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Replenish: A New Look at Relaxation

You know what I do when I need to relax? I find the most smile-inducing, soul-satisfying, energizing ways to recharge myself. I then save all of those ways on Pinterest, and spend the next 3 hours glued to my screen. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s really beautiful, organized Pinterest boards. They are… Continue reading Replenish: A New Look at Relaxation

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Making Space and Navigating Grace

Have you seen those t-shirts? The ones that say Hustle in sparkly gold letters? I’ve seen them everywhere from Amazon to mall kiosks, always smugly bearing the same word. I’ve bought into the trend unknowingly, ever since I can remember. Hustle is for successes. Hustle will bring me achievement and happiness and value. As I keep… Continue reading Making Space and Navigating Grace

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For Creative People Who Feel Stuck

Trying to neatly work with creativity is a whole lot like trying to shove all those baggy t-shirts that breed in your closet into one tidy drawer. It just doesn’t work. Creativity ebbs and flows in ways I believe we can learn to funnel but never control. My little spreadsheet brain resents this process. All of my life, I have been… Continue reading For Creative People Who Feel Stuck