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 […]

Day 30: The Gift of Listening

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.   -Jiddu Krishnamurti   One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is the gift of listening. […]

Belonging Day 14: On Being Married to Your Opposite

There  My husband and I have many aspects in common: our faith, our love of the outdoors and camping, our mutual need to exercise, our passion to play and listen to good music. Those are the points of intersection that drew us together, the initial realizations that made us rotate our posture from side to […]

Day 12: Belonging in the Light

Last night on the sprawling city golf course near our home, the beauty was enchanting. The rolling hills awash in a glow of soft light, the trees bathing in the colors signaling their coming sabbatical and the wind gently tossing around the 70 degree air. I’m just starting to toss around the idea that if I’m […]

Belonging Day 6: Overcomer

Today is Day #6  for the #write31days challenge on belonging. One of the main problems affecting our ability to experience belonging is shame. So today I want to introduce you to a book being released today, written by one of my fellow Redbud authors, called Overcomer.  Too many women have allowed shame to condemn and […]

Belonging Day 4: You’re Not the Only One

Hey there friend, Are you ever lonely? Me, too. Do you feel like everyone around you has friends—the kind of friendships that you crave? Ones where you go deeper than talking about the weather, the kids and your schedule? Me, too. Do you stand at the sink in the kitchen and look at the window […]

Belonging Day 3: The Secret of the Night Sky

  We recently had a blood moon, a lunar eclipse where the earth’s shadow covers the light of the moon completely. It’s just a once in a generation experience, we have to wait 18 years for the next one. The rare orange ball suspended in the black web of night beckons us away from our […]

Belonging Day 2: What Does It Mean to Belong?

It took me just a few minutes of considering the 31 day writing challenge for this word to pop into my head: belonging.  It’s not surprising really. Even though I’ve never dwelt on that word before, we recently moved and I know the feeling of not belonging. To kick off this #write31days challenge, I thought […]

31 Days 2015: Belonging

  I started writing though blogging. That was a little over two years ago and in that time, I’ve come to need to write. I’ve inched my toe right up the ocean of an online writing presence, where I could just barely feel the joy and chill of the water, only to pull it quickly […]