Christian reflections

Come, Ye Thankful People * 10 Minute Devotional

The value of simplicity and gratitude in an age of overcommitment and abundance.

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Christian reflections

Building is Hard * 10 Minute Devotional

My younger son is at the peak of the developmental phase of toddlerhood that looks like this: Take all the folded laundry out of the basket. Unspool all the toilet paper off of the roll. Dump out all of mom’s makeup and then shake/pour/smear out each individual product. Pour the Legos out onto the floor.…… Continue reading Building is Hard * 10 Minute Devotional

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Helpless Christianity * 10 Minute Devotional

We’re preaching through Romans at our church right now, and I’ll admit that it’s a challenge. I’m more a John sort of girl. I like an image to hang my hat on, a story to dive into. Romans is short on story and long on multisyllabic words. Unpacking Paul is like opening up a set…… Continue reading Helpless Christianity * 10 Minute Devotional

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Turn Down the Noise * 10 Minute Devotional

At a zoo tour years ago, I stood outside an okapi’s enclosure with a zookeeper who told me this story: Okapis are sensitive creatures. They are shy and gentle animals, and they struggle particularly in situations where they are repeatedly exposed to loud noises. The Sydney zoo is fairly close to the Sydney Opera House.…… Continue reading Turn Down the Noise * 10 Minute Devotional

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Being Still is the Hardest Thing * 10 Minute Devotional

I’m a doer. I do things. Anybody else? Tell me that you need something done by Thursday, or the sink is stopped up, or you need 500 words on pretty much anything, and I will get on it. What I don’t want to do is be still. Ever. Being still is hard! I’m not talking about numbing-out-to-Netflix stillness. I’m talking, wait-here-until-God-does-something-because-you-are-out-of-options…… Continue reading Being Still is the Hardest Thing * 10 Minute Devotional

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Grace for In-Between Times * 10 Minute Devotional

There are a few things in life I’m really good at doing. I can bake a mean gluten-free cupcake. I know how to tell a story. I can almost always hold the attention of a group of kids (in part because I don’t have any problems acting ridiculous…). But waiting? I am bad at waiting. Like, super bad. Terrible,…… Continue reading Grace for In-Between Times * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

The Storytelling God * 10 Minute Devotional

Today is day two of Vacation Bible School at our church. Lots of kiddos, lots of energy, lots of fun. The first year I volunteered at VBS was at a church up near Los Angeles. I was a young seminary intern who had driven across the country from New Jersey. The church children’s director assigned…… Continue reading The Storytelling God * 10 Minute Devotional