soul space

Taking Some Soul Space (Soul Space Thursday)

Things are about to ramp up around here. Thanksgiving plans are underway; Advent is just around the corner; Christmas is coming. Church is about to get busy. School is about to get busy. Home is about to get busy. I can see the busy on the horizon like a storm front rolling in. It’s a…… Continue reading Taking Some Soul Space (Soul Space Thursday)

Advent Devotional

An Unconventional Christmas Eve * Advent Devotional

My sisters and I grew up attending Christmas Eve services at a rural evangelical church in the northern woods of Wisconsin. It was as picturesque as that sounds–snowy woods filled with evergreens and white-tailed deer and birch trees. After the services every kid was given a brown paper bag filled with candy and an orange, though…… Continue reading An Unconventional Christmas Eve * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

Advent for the Outsider * Advent Devotional

You guys, I’ve never met Aubry Smith but we are friends. How can you NOT be friends with someone who has traveled halfway around the world to serve and educate pregnant and postpartum women AND written an awesome book about God’s role in childbirth? So pleased to be able to share her brilliant and beautiful…… Continue reading Advent for the Outsider * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

Holy Family * Advent Devotional

 When my sister had her third baby a few years ago, we got the text in the wee hours of the morning. “It’s a boy!” it read. “Everyone is healthy.” I rolled over in bed and tapped my husband’s shoulder. “Cait had her baby!” I whispered. “I’m going!” “Oh good,” he murmured groggily. “Wait, going…… Continue reading Holy Family * Advent Devotional

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How Will This Be? * Advent Devotional

The world is filled with impossibilities. Peace between neighbors. A cure for a chronic illness. Trying to get parking at the mall the Saturday before Christmas. Don’t even get me started on getting our preschooler from the house to the car in less than eighteen minutes. Yet God traffics in the mysterious, the difficult, the…… Continue reading How Will This Be? * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

Laboring in Vain? * Advent Devotional

I read somewhere recently that cleaning the house while your kids are awake is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. Pretty much. Laboring in vain takes on a whole new meaning with young kids in the house. I’m a working mom, but even with all the scheduled, productive hours at church and the university, there…… Continue reading Laboring in Vain? * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

I only know the talented Megan Busch through the blogosphere, but after reading her writings one thing became immanently clear to me. WE NEEDED TO BE FRIENDS. Spend some time with her Advent devotional today, and I think you’ll feel the same. I used to keep an unwritten checklist in my heart. Maybe you had…… Continue reading My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional