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In Search of Awe and Wonder

I shielded my eyes from the blaze of the sun, and let my elbow rest against the rough wood of the picnic table top. It was unbearably hot, a summer reality in North Carolina that I am still growing accustomed to. I bat at the pesky gnats swarming around my forehead and tilted my head…

The Good of Hard Work and Housework

I scanned the isle of colorful cleaning supplies intensely. My eyes fluttered from a bright purple brand promising that, with its help, I would clean my bathroom half as often and in half the time, to the neon yellow bottle boasting large bubble letters that read “For an EFFORTLESS clean.” And I sighed. This is…

When Gratitude is Hard (Or: The Reason We’re Not Grateful)

That little red number blazed at me on the top right of my computer screen. I had effectively ignored the fact that it was alerting me to the reality that someone had sent me a message, but every time I logged on it relentlessly popped up. Having stared at me three days, I was torn…

Pulling Up the Tent Pegs

I woke this morning to a living room I did not recognize. It was a skeleton of what I had grown accustomed to. Nothing was as it should be, nothing was where it should have been. Everything about our living room in the brightness of the morning was different, and it took me a few…

Your Body Matters to God | 3 Principles of Christian Embodiment

I pulled the hand weight up to my shoulder, letting out one last grunt. I eyed myself from every angle in the mirror-clad room, as sweat dripped from the tip of my nose. Putting the weights back in their place, I gathered my things from the shelf (I’ve never had enough patience for a cool-down…

To be Mothered | A Prayer

Our good God, Today will be littered with cards and flowers, chocolates and hugs. Today there will be no apparent end to the hand-drawn stick figures scratched in green crayon next to the almost-legible: To Mom. Today we will give thanks to You for the good gift of mothers and motherhood and to our mothers,…

On Getting Older (Or: Preparing for Rest)

I held the hot washcloth to my face just a moment longer. Particularly pressing around my eyes, I took a deep breath and let the humid air fill my nostrils and lungs. I took a look in the mirror to find where the remnants of the day’s makeup had left its mark. (Everywhere. The answer…

Just as He Said | Day XXX

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  John 14:18-19 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see Me. Because…

When Dying Feels like Death

There are times when dying feels like death. Having grown up in a Christian church and home, I’m well-accustomed to the language of “dying to self” and “taking up my cross.” The words are readily on my lips when someone speaks of sacrifice, or the call to missions, or the call to serve their local…

Just as He Said | Day XXVIII

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  John 10:17-18 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it…