#OneWord365 2017

Are you familiar with the idea of choosing a single word and seeing where it takes you in a year? It’s not too late to join the official movement here: This past year my word was restore; and did I experience restoration? I think so, yes. More about that in a moment. It’s both a […]

December Favorite Things

Every so often, I like to share my favorites, because, well…it’s fun. If I was a savvy blogger, I’d have affiliate links and earn money but nope, not that committed of a blogger. I love hearing about other people’s tips and trends, so please comment with anything you’re loving at the end! Buying fair trade […]

Some Words of Hope After the Election

I get that enough has been written about this election already…and yet I write on. Sometimes (a lot of the time) I write to figure out what I’m thinking, to pull myself out of darkness and fear and into light and truth. So, if you have found your way here, I appreciate the time you’re […]

Why I’m Kissing the Christian Subculture Goodbye (Sort-of)

When I was a college freshman in the late 1990s, one of the most influential relationship books for Christian young adults hit the shelves. In I Kissed Dating Goodbye, author Joshua Harris encouraged readers to forgo traditional dating for courtship. It was a movement broadly embraced by the evangelical church as a manifesto of the […]

10 Observations from Escape to the Lake 2016

A few weeks ago our family attended our third Escape to the Lake (ETTL). What is ETTL? We all laugh about that question because it’s actually kind of hard to describe. Is it a conference? Is it a camp? Is it a retreat? Is it for artists or fans? Kids, families, or singles? Is it for […]

A Few of My Favorite Things

Why should Oprah get all the fun? It’s natural to share favorite things dotting our lives. We do it in casual conversations with friends constantly… “Have you tried X?” “Did you know about Y?” “We just discovered Z.” So today I’m divulging my current little pleasures, small beauties, and tiny joys. Because today, and every […]

For All the Suffering

I wonder if every generation thinks about the state of the world, “This is the worst it’s ever been.” Our generation’s current troubles—acts of terrorism, rampant abortion, random school shootings, clergy sex scandals, police brutality, racial divides, and human trafficking—are just a few potential sources of injustice and suffering that plague us. And that’s on […]

Reflections on the Festival of Faith and Writing

It’s been two weeks since the 2016 Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI—a gathering for Christian readers, writers, editors, and book pitchers. It took me that much time to process it, because like the pile of papers and books I brought home, there was a cluttered pile of mental sentiments […]

What Would Jojo Do?

I’m over at MKE Moms Blog today gushing on why I love Joanna Gaines… and it’s more than about just her design prowess. An excerpt: You know those WWJD bracelets popular in youth groups in the 1990s? I totally had one. As cheesy as those were, they had a way of making a point. Before you […]

That One Thing

I’ve been asking myself, “What’s my one thing?” What am I holding onto that comes between me and Christ? Is it pride? Is it vanity? Is it a desire for influence? Is it a love of money? In Mark 10, there was a rich, young ruler. Sounds like this guy was on top of the […]