The value of simplicity and gratitude in an age of overcommitment and abundance.
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)
Because sometimes what we ask for and what we really need are verrrrry different things.
Early in my high school years, I broke my ankle at soccer practice. I’d just started getting playing time, and even scored a goal in a game (my first) the day before. Then Lindsay Vetter and I went for the ball at the same second in a drill (she won), and I came down hard…… Continue reading Embracing Limits (Soul Space Thursday)
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
There’s a great short story by Herman Melville about a notary with a rotten boss who suddenly decides he’s had enough. After years of drudgery, serving as a legal scribe without adequate compensation or respect, one day when Bartleby’s boss asks him to examine a paper, he hesitates. “Bartleby,” writes Melville, “in a singularly mild,…… Continue reading Knowing No (Soul Space Thursdays)
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