December 8, 2018

On Tuesday morning, I gathered with a group of local mamas, ours a tabletop conversation of talking to our kids about issues of race and justice. I read excerpts from my book and talked about how, as a white person, mine is a learned experience – and my entry point into the conversation primarily stems from doing my homework and understanding my privilege. But in the midst of listening and learning (and listening some more), there’s also a responsibility to… Read more

December 5, 2018

A couple of months ago I had the privilege of attending the Collegeville Institute alongside a dozen other spiritual writers. Over the next couple of months you’ll meet some of these artists, either through books they’ve written or through a series of essays about faith entitled, “Where Art Thou?” Today, I can’t wait to introduce you to Catherine Hervey, a Chicagoan whose fiction writing makes me SWOON. Enjoy! — It feels like there are two people inside of me–someone who can be with God and someone… Read more

November 30, 2018

We put up our Christmas tree a week or two earlier than usual this year. Really, we hadn’t planned on heading to the local tree farm two days after Thanksgiving, nor had we woken up thinking we’d adorn the house in kitschy decorations while turkey and mashed potatoes still festered in the fridge. If I’m honest, I’ll tell you that in previous years I’ve wagged my finger at people who play Christmas songs in November, who delight in the green and… Read more

November 27, 2018

A couple of months ago I had the privilege of attending the Collegeville Institute alongside a dozen other spiritual writers. Over the next couple of months you’ll meet some of these writers, either through books they’ve written or through a series of essays about faith entitled, “Where Art Thou?” Today, I can’t wait to introduce you to Jane Dawson, a Canadian writers whose essays hold a beautiful blend of the sacred and the profane. Enjoy!  — “In every era, God calls to every one” claims a Hasidic… Read more

November 21, 2018

Sometimes, compassion arrives when a railroad bolt gets stuck in the back tire of your car. I suppose this might seem like the biggest inconvenience of all, after all, who would want to leave the house by 6:25 in the morning to drive half an hour to the nearest Costco in order to be the first in line? (For the record, I was also not the only human with this brilliant idea, for my arrival at 6:56 am warranted the coveted fourth spot in line)…. Read more

November 18, 2018

A change has entered my vocabulary over the last couple of weeks: I’ve been overtly intentional about speaking praise, especially around my two sons. “I really love the way you share your toys, buddy.”  “Wow! It was really considerate when you spread the jam on your brother’s toast.” “I am so proud of how you were a good team player, even though you didn’t win the board game.” Even though it felt a little weird at first to speak those… Read more

November 13, 2018

Grace struck me over the side of the head a couple of nights ago and all I could do was shake my head in wonder. I guess I hadn’t noticed how deeply entrenched in grace I was until I stopped and paused and read a blinking, neon light of a sentence in a spiritual memoir about this state of grace: Only when guided by inspiration do we choose right, when we are receptive, in a state of grace. But that is rare,… Read more

November 6, 2018

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this post: I forgot about the God of Enough. I know that sentence means little to you, so let me explain. As you may know, I am a writer and a speaker; although my children question whether Mama actually has a job because she works from the kitchen and the living room and sometimes (if she’s feeling particularly writerly) her office too. Although my book has dominated much of my time over the… Read more

November 2, 2018

When someone you know is going through a hard time, shoot them a text and say, “Hey! It looks like you’re going though a hard time. I’m thinking about you” (and to quote Brene Brown), “What would support look like for you right now?”   When someone you know is going through a hard time, say a little prayer or hold them in your thoughts for thirty seconds, a minute or two. When someone you know is going through a… Read more

October 30, 2018

Years ago, my path crossed with a man named Matt Boswell. Now we’re both not-so-young anymore and we’ve traveled on the path of life and perhaps changed a little bit along the way too. Regardless, it’s always an honor to showcase the words of other writers, so today I’m delighted to introduce you to Matt. His new book, The Way to Love, is just lovely …and necessary in a world that sometimes filled with more hate than love. As always, leave… Read more

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