Rejoicing and weeping

Rejoicing and weeping
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." - Romans 12:15 ESV Before I spooned oatmeal into my mouth this morning, I heard of the tragic shootings of 6 women and three men at a Wednesday night prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It felt surreal as we were traveling yesterday and I've been offline for most of our vacation. Photo used with permission of: Anna & MIchal My heart fell with a thud to the floor. Throughout the day, I've prayed, "Lor... [More]

How to experience grace now

How to experience grace now
My Grace Series ended but I can't stop looking for grace. Our girl is at school. I sit at our kitchen table and eat oatmeal topped with strawberries. I'm reading and thinking about what my day holds when it hits me: I am not being in the moment. My eyes don't notice blue and lilac-hued hydrangeas grace a cobalt blue vase. I forget to be fully present. I forget my life is a series of moments. And I want to be present for my life. If I want to experience grace in the moment then I need to p... [More]

Songs for your grace journey - 7

Songs for your grace journey - 7
This is the 7th and final post in my Grace Series. The Grace Series was inspired by how God broke me then restored me in unexpected ways during the Jumping Tandem Retreat. These two songs by Plumb reveal God's grace available to us when we feel needy. I like how she moves to a place of freedom as her songs progress. Photo used with permission of: Stefano Montagner Here's an excerpt from Plumb's song: Lord, I'm Ready Now: "I JUST LET GO. And I feel EXPOSED but it's so beautiful 'cause this is wh... [More]

Grace to trust you will be held - 6

Grace to trust you will be held - 6
Welcome to the 6th post in my Grace Series, inspired by Jumping Tandem Retreat's theme: "Grace." God led me on more adventures than I imagined once I said, "Yes," to a retreat in Nebraska. In hindsight, jumping off a power pole was a warm-up for the bigger and scarier jump God called me to make on Saturday of the retreat. If I didn't trust the harness connecting me to a rope and the three people holding the rope to keep me from crashing, I wouldn't have jumped. Likewise if I didn't trust God and... [More]

My Top 10 (What I learned) for May 2015

My Top 10 (What I learned) for May 2015
May was an incredible month. My emotions sang every note at The Jumping Tandem Retreat, which inspired my Grace Series, which resumes after this post. This month's line-up begins and ends with Mary Karr's wisdom but includes a must-see video talk, a new album, book recommendation, tips on creativity, and a great definition of humility as modeled by Jesus. In no particular order:   1. I first fell in love with Mary Karr's writing after reading her memoir, Lit. I love Karr's honest hard-won w... [More]