I pride myself (too much, sometimes) on being a big idea person. I like to talk big, think big, and live big. I focus on big goals and want to do big things. But what if living in grace requires thinking small? I’ve just finished Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. Voskamp made a list of (literally)… Continue reading The Gratitude Notebook Project
Growing up, Lent bled into March life only when we conveniently needed a motivation to lay off the dessert and better fit into our jeans post-holiday season. I had always felt that Lent was the rejected sister of Christmas, always riding on the coattails of the more attractive, happier holiday season. It wasn’t until I got to… Continue reading Lent: Forty Days of Focus
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
6:30 is prime time for my brain. Yes, I mean 6:30 in the morning. Yes, I know how unfortunate that is for Caleb when my alarm goes off. I wake up, switch on the kettle, and immediately I’m ready to go. My best brain work is always done before 10am, and slowly deteriorates in quality… Continue reading 5 Nightly Habits for Grace-Giving Mornings
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
“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.
When does mascara become a mask, and shimmer a shield? I’ve been trying to be more in tune to my makeup usage lately. As you can see in my last Style Tuesday post, I’ve been opting to go sans-mascara more lately. That’s also called “naked and totally unprepared for the world” in my head, all… Continue reading Everyday Simplicity: Barefaced Grace