Who Is In Your Circle?

I’ve spent too much energy on my third circle—the most draining, discouraging, and soul-sucking of circles. It’s here that the naysayers dwell. The pessimists. The fearful. The broken who break others. Too often, I wrongly believe that if I try hard enough or say just the right thing, I can win the love and approval of those people. I fret, … [Read more...]

What You Can Do About ISIS

What You Can Do About ISIS

UPDATE: Due to technical issues, the email from this post to subscribers went out late. Therefore, I am extending the fundraiser to honor all orders placed on Saturday, May 23 also. * * * Earlier this week, a link to an intense article by Ann Voskamp came across my Facebook newsfeed. I wept as I read it. She describes the heartbreaking … [Read more...]

Five Things You May Not Know About Me

Five Things You May Not Know About Me

My friend Jennifer invited me to join her blog link up about things you may not know about me. What does it say about me that I found it hard to come up with things? I tend to think I live a pretty vanilla life, but after some thought, I decided that's not quite true. In random order, I present to you 5 things you (may or) may not know about … [Read more...]

Drawing Near During Holy Week

Drawing Near During Holy Week

It's only been in recent years that my faith moved from head knowledge to personally encountering Jesus. One big breakthrough in this process came during Holy Week a few years back. Although Jesus's death convicts me deeply of my own sin, this particular year He had a different focus: meeting me in my brokenness and guiding me to healing. I'm … [Read more...]

You’re Loved No Matter What {A Book Review}

Do personality assessments intrigue you? I think they're so much fun! And oh, so revealing... Myers-Briggs? INFJ. Temperament? Melancholic-Phlegmatic. Life roles? Creator, Pioneer, Teacher. Love Language? Quality Time. Sacred Pathways? Sensate, Contemplative, Intellectual. I'm excited {of course} that my friend Holley Gerth's newest book is … [Read more...]

Fallen {A Book Review}

This book is riveting. It left me shaking my head in amazement. Annie Lobert's memoir, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and into the Arms of the Savior, details highlights from her childhood, her descent into the sex industry, the unthinkable torture she endured while being trafficked, her escape, multiple brushes with death, and her miraculous … [Read more...]

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

I’m writing at God-sized Dreams today, but I felt there needed to be a sort of companion piece here, a part one. Here goes: To anyone who has ever experienced sexual abuse: You’ve been on my heart a lot lately. My stomach’s been in knots for you. Amidst the other depressing items in the news has been (surprisingly minimal) coverage of a … [Read more...]

At the Intersection of Freedom and Worship

At the Intersection of Freedom and Worship

My One Word for 2013 was Freedom. I naively thought it would be a one year journey.  By the end of the year, it was clear my education surrounding Freedom would be ongoing, but I still wanted a new word for 2014. True to form, I wanted a meaningful, inspired word--not one I conjured up myself or hoped for. However, after embarking on a freedom … [Read more...]

What is Community?

Are you in a lonely season, searching for your own tribe? Maybe you don't know what this kind of community looks like because you've never experienced it before? I've been there. If that's the case, lean in now and listen closely... You're invited. There is a place for you-- a place of encouragement and conversation. Profound community … [Read more...]

Mianecki Christmas Card 2014 Outtake

Mianecki Christmas Card 2014 Outtake

After taking a few years off, I opted to send Christmas cards this year. I'm one of those strange people who actually enjoys crafting the card and the accompanying letter, hand addressing each envelope, and selecting Christmas postage. I wrangled my dad into the role of photographer for a Thanksgiving Day shoot and then took advantage of his Sam's … [Read more...]