One of the things I love best about my favorite book character, Anne Shirley, is how she always talks about having “scope for the imagination.” A tree in its white array of spring bloom, a meeting of a new kindred spirit, the dawning of a new day – all of these held endless possibilities for… Continue reading Don’t Waste Your Imagination
Have you heard the phrases, “You just need to cut toxic people out of your life” or “You need to get rid of that kind of negativity and do what brings you peace”? I’ve seen these kinds of things on social media, and I’ve also been one of those people who’s been deleted (most likely… Continue reading Don’t Delete Those You Disagree With
Recently, as our church has been studying 1 John, we’ve discussed the difference between “making a practice of sinning” and “practicing righteousness.” Those who are true believers will pursue a continual and habitual lifestyle of righteousness instead of sin, since 1 John 3:9 says, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for… Continue reading A Battle Plan for Killing Sin
“I don’t want to save the world,” she whispered, “I just want to make it a little more beautiful.” “Well, isn’t that cliché?” the cynic might ask in response. “Doesn’t she know about all the hurt and pain going on in the world right now? How could making a little part of the world more… Continue reading Make the World a Little More Beautiful
At the beginning of the year, I wrote a blog post about how I wanted this to be the year of growth. After a hard year in 2020 where I was consumed by grief and “survival-mode,” I wanted to start setting goals and working toward them again. I also knew my tendency to go too… Continue reading 33 Ways of Growth in 2021
For Zechariah and Elizabeth of Luke 1, they had had so many years go by that were just like the ones before. Their lives had assumed a rhythm of normalcy that they had embraced. I’m sure they had long ago accepted that there would be no children to grace their home, although the shame and… Continue reading What if this is the Year Where Everything Changes? And What if it’s Not?
Right before Thanksgiving, I saw a post on social media by someone who said they were going to have a laid-back kind of Thanksgiving this year, meaning they weren’t going to be doing a huge meal. I understand that some years, life is overwhelming, and the thought of preparing a lot of food and doing… Continue reading A Case for Feasting
In just one more day, the calendar says I’ll be 34 years old. What an insignificant age, I told my mom. Nothing too special about it. She smiled and said, “I was 34 when I had you.” Can you imagine if I had six children right now, the oldest of whom was 14 years old?… Continue reading Be Brave, 34. You Have a Mission to Accomplish.
By this point, I have written enough posts about the difficulties of being single and doing life on my own that you readers know how intimately acquainted I am with it. And yet, this is not a full picture of what regular life is like for me as a single woman. Even in the loneliness,… Continue reading The Art & Beauty of Living Alone
The other night, I started thinking about the decade of the 20s and how important they are in a person’s life. I look back on my 20s as the most formative years in my life. My 20s may have looked different than some of my friends, but the things I learned about myself and what… Continue reading 30+ Things to Know & Experience Before You’re 30