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Gospel of Nearness

For about a decade now the Spirit has been teaching me that the Gospel is so much more than being saved from sin. It’s more than the promise of “heaven” and it’s more than being recruited for a life of service. The Gospel includes all those things certainly but none of them are the best…

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Dare to Live Beloved

In 2016, Jesus and I set out on a journey of my learning to be kind to myself. In July of that year I wrote, “Be a Friend to Yourself.” In February 2018, I wrote “Be Loved (if You Dare) Now we’re here – April 2019 – and I feel as though I’ve barely taken…

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5 Songs Jesus Sings Over Us

The Lord your God will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. I am amazed that our Savior and God sings over us. What a tender, yet powerful, reality in His intercession for us. As I have studied the theme of God singing in scripture it has gripped my heart with how it displays the…

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Living Gently

Hi friends, it’s been a minute. Happy New Year! First, a word to my subscribers: it means so much to me that this blog came straight to your inbox. Thank you for your support and for trusting me with this space. You mean the world to me. <3 This year I long to walk more…

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The Nest; A Memoir & Reflection

A memoir of my December 30, 2017, when I moved from The Nest to Chicago, and a reflection on what Twenty-Eighteen has held. If you were part of my life in Winona Lake, this post was written from the overflow of my heart to you:  What can a year hold? Twenty-Eighteen held more than I…

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Advent Musings pt 4: "God is Very Happy with You."

At the risk of sounding a bit crazy I will share a bit of my inner dialogue as I wrote this fourth Advent Musing: As ideas swirled around in my head, they were having a difficult time finding form or rhythm. The doubts began to stir and the symphony of accusers sang their song: “No…

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Advent Musings pt 3: Am I Calling God a Liar?

My first two Advent Musings have spoken of the nearness of God. I’ve encouraged us to pursue intimacy with God this Advent. Intimacy with God can be a daunting subject. In this third post, I will dive deeper into practices that have helped me experience this “rooted-to-my-toes” nearness of God. Redefine the Gospel The gospel…

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Advent Musings pt 2: Faith like a Child

They ran up to Jesus, excitement coursing through their veins. He chided those who dismissed them, “leave the children alone…” He insisted with a smile as He drew them near, His voice thick with compassion (Matthew 19:14). I love to imagine the children being brought to visit Jesus. Were some of them crawling? Were some…

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