On cilantro, 4th of July and small beginnings

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Sometimes a single thing can be the be the catalyst for a new creation. Every Fourth of July, our neighborhood holds a block party where we share food, drinks and conversation. Children twist red, white and blue streamers together to decorate tables and the home of Carla, our street’s “mayor.” A group of adults moves drinks onto tables and into …

Rejoicing and weeping

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“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 …

How to experience grace now

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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. …

Top 5 Things I learned about the Grace to Jump

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Welcome to the 5th post in my Grace Series inspired by The Jumping Tandem Retreat’s theme: Grace. I signed up for the outdoor “Brave events” to get out of my comfort zone. I thought it was only a zip line based on friends’ photos from two years prior. Wrong. (L-R) My brave sisters: Alleigh, Grace Sandra, Christy, me, and Tammy …

Grace to receive God’s delight in you – 4

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Welcome to the 4th post in my Grace Series inspired by The Jumping Tandem Retreat’s theme: Grace. May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride, and expectation with which God sees you in every moment. – John O’Donohue I posted this quote on Facebook on Tuesday and was astonished at how so many (for me) people responded. …

Talking with Jennifer Camp about worship

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Do you have a friend who asks you questions that cause you to think more deeply on a subject? My dear friend Jennifer Camp interviewed me on the topics of art, worship and listening to God. Her questions probed and caused me to pause. ****** Jennifer: Dolly, when we hear the word “worship” it is so easy to think of …

On practicing presence (and potato soup)

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I stand at the kitchen sink, peel potatoes, and watch swirls of brown skin collect before scooping them into a container for our neighbor’s composting bin. As I look out the window, I notice half of the iceberg rose is covered in white blooms. Next my thoughts wander to the items undone on my to-do list, then I remember to …

Favorite Friday Finds (2/6/15)

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We will return to our Renew Series on Monday. I’m excited about releasing my Subscribers only Saturday post tomorrow where I respond to Tina Turner’s famous lyrics: “What’s love got to do, got to do with it.” Photo used with permission of: Kimberly Felix Here are some of my favorite posts from other writers: “I used to be afraid of …

Renew 10: 5 Practical Ways to Renew Your Mind

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Welcome to the 10th post in the Renew your mind (Romans 12:2) series. I wrote the series because I needed to remind myself of certain truths. I pray this encourages you. *************** One of my favorite ways to renew my mind is to hear other people share their stories. Occasionally, after a sermon, our church lets individuals share what God …

Last day of #YourTurnChallenge & Sabbath

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  This is the 8th post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. Dear subscribers: This is the 7th and final post of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule next week on Tuesday or Wednesday. (This is the 8th post …