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...]

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...]

To My Allumie Roomies: 10 Things You Should Know about Next Week

To My Allumie Roomies: 10 Things You Should Know about Next Week

  You know that thing...the thing where you mark your calendar for months and months down the road. It feels like your event, get together, etc. is eons away. Until it's not. It's here! It's Allume time again, and by the sheer grace of God that manifested in some amazing friends, I'm going for the third time. WOOT. It's fun … [Read more...]

Wait, We’re Doing What? {Allumination Part 4 and My One Word for 2014 Status}

Wait, We’re Doing What? {Allumination Part 4 and My One Word for 2014 Status}

Today, I'm participating in Bonnie Gray's Faith Jam. On Thursdays, Bonnie, the Faith Barista, serves up a writing prompt, and her community spills words from their hearts on issues of faith. Today's prompt: One Word for 2014 *** I lit up in smiles when I entered the main ballroom at Allume a day early, ready to help decorate. Mostly because I … [Read more...]

The Session I Couldn’t Miss (Allumination, Part 3}

The Session I Couldn’t Miss (Allumination, Part 3}

Photo by Melissa Aldrich Browsing through the Allume schedule, one title captured my attention immediately. One. One "must attend." My overall sense for the weekend was to be flexible and let the Spirit lead where it would. Should a person need to chat, should I need a nap, should the prayer room be calling...I was open to any and all of … [Read more...]

She’s in There Somewhere {Allumination, Part 2}

She’s in There Somewhere {Allumination, Part 2}

I am so thrilled that Bonnie Gray is reigniting her Thursday Faith Jams. Each week, she explores an aspect of faith by offering a specific writing prompt. Bloggers link up their posts, or readers comment on Bonnie's blog, and then they visit each other's sites for different takes on the prompt. This week's is: Be yourself. I arrived at Allume … [Read more...]

When God Shows Up {Allumination, Part 1}

When God Shows Up {Allumination, Part 1}

I slid into the breakfast buffet line as it winded down. My roommate, Christine, jokingly entreated me to exercise caution with the coffee cream, as I had overshot with it the first time. As she jested, a man slipped into line behind me, waiting for coffee. Men at Allume are few. By the jeans and tee he donned, I assumed him to be a husband of … [Read more...]