When Birthing a Dream Feels Like Childbirth

When Birthing a Dream Feels Like Childbirth

My water breaks at 5:00 on a Friday evening in early April, and my heart thumps wildly in my chest. They quickly admit me upon arrival in triage and strap a clunky external fetal monitor on my belly. “Any contractions?” the labor and delivery nurse inquires. “No. Not yet.” I reply. “Well, get comfortable then. You’ll probably still be here … [Read more...]

Life Is Good

Life Is Good

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in  the wasteland. --Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) The hope these verses raise in me have made it a favorite of mine. The idea of God ushering me past old things and making a way … [Read more...]

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

It's like slowly letting out the breath you didn't realize you were holding, stress dissipating like fog clearing. Or being wrapped snug in a favorite blanket and drinking a hot cup of tea. The words in Holley Gerth's new devotional are soothing. What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days is signature Holley: encouraging. She ushers in peace and … [Read more...]

Diffusing Thieves

Diffusing Thieves

A dysfunctional thyroid is a bear. A bear. The fatigue, the brain fog, the body aches, the sleeplessness. The depression. Let's not even talk about metabolism. All despite normal-ish test results. In the search for adequate treatment, I've grown accustomed to feeling lousy. Waiting for a new dosage--when I can get a dosage … [Read more...]

Can I Really Dream?

Dream. What does the word evoke in you? Does your pulse quicken at the thought of future possibilities? Do you have a bucket list? Or do you tend to brush the word away, asking, "Who has time for that? There's work to be done!" Is dreaming frivolous? Or is it necessary? I'll tell you what I used to think...and what I think now. Will you join … [Read more...]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I chose more reading than writing this summer. I completely ignored all sound advice, both about writing every day to stay fresh and to read a genre opposite that which I write. However. I'm wrapping up the summer feeling uplifted, inspired, informed and challenged. To me, that's more important than following all the "rules." So, here's … [Read more...]

Different Kinds of Dreams

  Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Some are concrete and easily measurable: Hitting your goal weight or running a marathon. Flipping a house. Starting a business. Finishing college. Having another baby. Writing a book. Other dreams are not so tangible. They involve interior or relational work. It's a sense of … [Read more...]

Moments of Spiritual Whitespace

This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   Today, we are sharing a moment of spiritual whitespace. *** ***I'm finding that living a life of spiritual whitespace is a process of continual … [Read more...]

Here’s Something Fun {U-NEEKS from DaySpring}

Here’s Something Fun {U-NEEKS from DaySpring}

"Did it come yet? Did it come yet?!" The question came from my kids each day since we hit "place order" on the DaySpring website. "If it comes while I'm at school, bring it to pick-up!" Clare begged. So I did... "Red monster gonna get you!" Anthony threatened, smiling his three year-old smile, waving Wally in front of me. The … [Read more...]

Finding Spiritual Whitespace {A Review}

This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   The memory floated into my consciousness unexpectedly. It was my final year of college, and I was finishing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I stood beside my … [Read more...]