Spiritual Journey

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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from Admitting to Embracing my journey with anxiety.

I share because I know someone needs to be reminded today that facing our fears and embracing our heart doesn’t always make us feel brave. Sometimes it makes us feel like we’ve actually completely lost our mind this time, but facing that feeling is the real bravery. Sometimes we need another brave, vulnerable human to look us in the eyes and remind us of that.

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Smile, Wait, Hold On; 3 Steps in My Mediation Practice

“I mediate on Your words all the day long.” – Psalm 119:15 “Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 “Mary sat at the Lords feet, listening to all He said.” – Luke 10:39 My understanding of meditation in young adulthood was limited to study of scripture. Studying scripture is critical and lays the…

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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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Semantics, dear Watson

“You could tell God was active in that church.” “The Holy Spirit is really moving at that youth event.” “We are so thankful to see the Lord show up in this ministry.” I heard versions of these phrases about four zillion times growing up. It was common in the small bible-saturated Indiana town I grew…

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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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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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Advent Musings pt 1

“You are closer than the mention of Your name.” – November mantra The mantra Jesus gave me for the month of November has been preparing my heart to usher in Advent. In our humanity, nearness and intimacy are how we experience truth most fully. Jesus became human to help our humanness know God. From the…

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