Roots

My church has a Sunday School class, called Hands of Faith, that makes things for people. The idea of the group is that ordinary stuff can become sacred stuff, so while they meet they are always doing something with their hands that will benefit someone else. They have knit tiny hats for preemies; they have made prayer squares for people hurting; and they have even turned old grocery bags into mats for the homeless. They Read more…

Judgement Free Zone

The gym where I used to work out has branded itself a “judgement free zone.” Supposedly, at Planet Fitness, you can work out in peace, without worry or shame about your size or shape.  Isn’t that a novel idea?  I’m not going to Planet Fitness anymore because, you know, germs, but I have been thinking a lot lately about the so-called Judgement Free Zone. We are getting ready to launch a new season of small Read more…

Joy

“Don’t Hesitate” by Mary Oliver — from her book Swan: Poems and Prose Poems If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. … Joy is not made to be a crumb. Yesterday I received an unexpected call from a friend in our “bubble.” She asked if we wanted to get together that afternoon. Even though I had a pile of work in front of me, I knew I needed to Read more…

Hello, Darkness …

Darkness is my closest friend… — Psalm 88:18 Last night I enjoyed a delicious cup of mint tea before bed. I bought it just last week and was eager to try the new flavor. I didn’t realize until approximately 11:15pm, after I finished my book and wasn’t the least bit tired, that the tea was caffeinated. (By the way, who makes mint tea caffeinated?) (This is the satanic tea I recommend you stay away from Read more…

Disposable

What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him. – Genesis 21:17 This week our Food Bank freezer started having issues so we called a guy. We thought a simple shot of freon might do the trick, but we were told it would Read more…

Plans

Plans I decided two years ago, after reading the book “Breaking Busy,” which I am obsessed with, that I would go back to a paper planner instead of using the calendar on my phone. I found a beautiful one that I carried with me wherever I went, and last fall I replaced it with the same brand and style but a different color scheme.  Only, unlike the first version, this one malfunctioned almost immediately. Only Read more…

It is enough …

Previous Next Happy Birthday week to the birthday twins, Mae Belle & Evie Wray! The other day Mae Belle woke up from her nap before Evie Wray … Usually, one will wake before the other, crawling into my lap to snuggle while she wakes.  This time, Evie slept way longer, so by the time she curled up, Mae Belle was ready to play. So I sat on the couch with Evie snuggling sweetly on one Read more…

Fresh Strength

Around Christmas last year our organist gave me a coffee cup that says: MOTHERHOOD POWERED BY Jesus Fueled by Love Sustained by Coffee​ This has become my favorite coffee cup. I drink out of it every morning it is clean and some mornings it isn’t. Call me weird but I have a thing about drinkware. It gives me joy.  I’ve been trying to figure out why this message speaks to me every.single.morning. Jesus, love and Read more…

Motherhood coffee mug

Silence

This morning I woke up before my alarm went off … It is my first full day of working from home, and I planned to get up before the rest of my family so I could have a couple of good hours of silence to write, read and pray.  While I normally try to rise before they wake for a few minutes of prayer time, this is different. This time I will be hoping they Read more…

God hears …

… the Lord hears when I call to him. If you followed me around on a Monday morning, you would find me doing the same thing, every single week, for the last seven years.  I come into the church office, slightly blurry eyed from worship the day before, chugging coffee and eager to move on to next week’s checklist. But before I unlock my office door, I usually duck into the library where volunteers are Read more…