Jealous.

I don't often have time to sit down at any screen for any length of time.  My emails pile up, facebook  drains me in about 2 minutes and I don't watch any TV. I posses a geriatric phone that takes a good five minutes to compose a text and blogging well, I feel with my  book out and all …

6,000 Miles and the Lessons of Presence.

 From mid-June till almost the end of August our little family spent over 140 hours in a mini-van together, traveling 6,000 miles through fourteen states and even up into Canada.  We slept in cabins, cheap hotels, trailers, apartments, farmhouses and urban neighborhoods.  Three days before our scheduled departure date, we still had no money to go.  But …

One Voice.

I want to write my heart tonight. As you read, assume you already know I'm writing from the perspective of one who is now "homeless" and on the road for most of the summer with a husband and three children doing the very thing we've tried to avoid most of our married lives: "raising support". …

Molting.

I have often thought that marriage is the laboratory where the sufficiency of God is put to the test; it is no less true for mothering. I can either cooperate with this grace, or I can resist it and spit at the dumb-founding significance of the beautiful bloody cross.  All this truth rattled me today and I …

Make Me Ignitable.

I have not written in over a month because in many ways I have been in a pit. Sick, exhausted, vulnerable, doubting, hiding, feeling fraudish, pulled in many directions and utterly agreeing with the enemies arrows that have sought, yet again, to keep me down and quiet. But there has been a lifting.  Victory is becoming …

What Is That To You?

Nothing undermines and deflates our growth as women, our relationship with God, our marital joy and our vision in mothering as much as falling into the trap of comparing ourselves with others. Consider this a personal confession.   Several weeks ago a young woman asked me how to stay focused each day with energy, passion and purpose. I replied, " Know your race well and know where you …

Day 29:The Whole World. The Whole Gospel. The Whole Church.

We've been on the road for 29 days. This is a mission-support raising trip.  Every day we tell our children that our focus is to love and serve people as a family for 42 days wherever God places us.  I've lost count of the different beds we've slept in, though as a writer the stories I've gathered from each place remain …

The Large Significance of Small Things.

I admit it.  I've got an edge of domesticity. I just don't talk about it all that much.   All of that "stuff", though it takes up the majority of many women's lives  is too small to be the starting point, not to indicate that small is not significant.  Just that the bigger picture must inform smaller ones or we live and think in limited ways and …

Is Unity Essential?

u·ni·ty  Something whole or complete formed by combining or joining separate things or entities.   "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." -1 Corinthians …

Enough to Write About.

Yesterday I read a random news clip about a woman journalist in a closed country recently jailed and banned from writing for 30 years.  It is in a magazine upstairs by Kiersta's rocker, but I'll wake her if I attempt to give a credible citation.  This writer is not alllowed a computer, pen, paper, and probably no chalk.   I am horrified at such a sentence and …