of gentleness… and anvils

I’ve always wished I was one of those “soft” people. Not weak, of course. But tender. With no rough edges. The kind of person whose presence makes you feel calm. The kind of soft that responds carefully and with compassion, rather than jumping to judgement and self-righteousness and a “my way is right” way of […]

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Rise

  I first learned about Rise back last Fall, thanks to a few tweets from friends. Then I had the first hand of experiencing the power of what they do in April, when I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids. I had the pleasure of writing this piece for them on […]

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include

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday a five minute free write with a word prompt each week. Today’s prompt is “Include.” http://fiveminutefriday.com I think we spend most of our lives wondering if we’ll be included. Wondering if we will get an invite to that thing we heard about. Wanting to be part of that […]

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depend

I am linking up for Five Minute Friday a five minute free write with a word prompt each week. Today’s prompt is “Depend.” http://fiveminutefriday.com.  Being single stinks.I know some people who think we have it so easy without a husband, “you must have so much time”. Without kids, “that’s why you still look so young for […]

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accept

I really don’t like this word. Noting specifically came to mind about it when I first learned of the prompt. Well…except that I thought “I really don’t like this word.”I’m not good at accepting what life brings me as enough. I always think, know, believe, wish for more. As if iIwere entitled to more than what […]

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inspire

I feel my heart bursting out of my chest and suddenly I cannot stop myself. The words pour out of me,racing from my brain to my heart to the fingers and onto my computer and  It’s like I just threw up. I long for those burstings. Those moments I just cannot contains and words are […]

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an early advent celebration

I’ve been usually anxious to start celebrating Christmas this year. I mean, my itch for Christmas music and shopping for presents always hits me a little early, but the pull has been much stronger. To the point where I listened to Christmas music for several hours at work the last couple of days, and I […]

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build

How do you know? When it’s time to build? Time to tear down? Time to repair? Time to start over? My own life feels like a series of tearing down and tearing down. Then building part of something.  Then tearing it down again. (You always build it better the second time around) Some things need […]

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of sorrow and joy [good friday hurts]

There are many reasons Good Friday is a sad day for me. It’s the day I lost my grandfather when I was 14 years old. It’s the day my Savior died. It’s the last day I spoke to one of my best friends. So… not my favorite day. The sorrow of the day is only […]

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the beauty and the mess of grace

I’ve been thinking about this word a lot lately. Do you remember that scene in Evan Almighty when Morgan Freeman is talking to Noah’s wife and he says to her, “If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for […]

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