So… over the past couple of years I wrote a book. Last March I submitted the manuscript for Uncluttered. Later that spring I revised, hunted down citations, and worked with a fabulous team of editors who alternately served as exhorters, critics, and cheerleaders, depending on what each paragraph needed most. I got a first peek…… Continue reading So… I Wrote a Book
For anyone dreaming a creative dream you fear will never come true, keep at it.
I’ve never chosen a “word of the year” before. My blogger friends all seemed to have one: faith, unity, joy, presence. One word for the whole year ahead. Yet it felt odd to me, somehow, to choose a word for the next 365 days. How could I put them into a one-word box so early…… Continue reading Courage, Dear Heart * 10 Minute Devotional
Because sometimes dreams come true.
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)
When I was eleven months pregnant with our second child (okay, okay, it was only eight-and-a-half, but it felt like eleven), I picked up our three-year-old at preschool only to have his teacher stop me at the door. “You know,” she said, reaching behind her for a clipboard, “Lincoln hasn’t taken the bird home this…… Continue reading A Laser Yes (Soul Space Thursday)
It’s that week of the summer where I take off my shoes, walk through the grass, eat too many Popsicles, and unplug a bit. For today’s Soul Space Thursday, I invite you to do the same. Unplugging for Life (First published in July of 2016, here at CourtneyBEllis.com) When I think all the technological innovations that…… Continue reading Unplugging for Life (Soul Space Thursdays)
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
Isaiah 11:6 (NIV) The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. I use to capital-h HATE nature shows growing up. My little sisters and I would gather around the fuzzy picture on the…… Continue reading Predator, Prey, and a Better Way * Advent Devotional