Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot by Mo Isom

‘I’ll speak up.’ Mo says this in the introduction to, I believe, one of the most important conversations of our time the church can enter into in her book Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot. It’s the truth I’ve known of my friend from the first minute of a nine hour conversation on the first plane to Jinja, Uganda that made us kin. She has…

The Very Best Marriage Advice

Less than three years into our marriage and so late one night it was more early morning, my husband and I found ourselves with a new baby and casually discussing our divorce. To my sleepless, hormone-warped brain, someone describing heat to a person who’s never touched a hot skillet was about as effective as hearing that ‘marriage can be hard’ inside our growing family. The beauty had been…

A Letter to My Sixteen Year Old Self on Her Abortion

Hey girl, Listen. I need to talk to you. It’s not about the hole in the ozone you’re singlehandedly responsible for because of the Aqua Net in that perm of yours or that you need to forgive your dad earlier and love him better because he won’t always be around. This is serious. And it will change the way you walk for the rest of your life…

Where Did Your Joy Go?

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. ~Carl Sandburg Where did your joy go? I asked this of my reflection in the foggy bathroom mirror last year. I remember studying the crinkle in my brow and specifically not answering myself. Where was the light heart I used to keep? The ready giggle pawing at the back of my throat like an…

All the Things: Summer Favorites

Just a few little things that… lighten my load make me laugh stir my heart make me think bring me joy…. I think you might like them, too.   Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette, your local grocer, $2.98 If Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette were water, I could get in my recommended daily allowance much easier. Brianna’s fly goes perfectly with summer’s fresh. Strawberries, cucumbers, body lotion…

All the Things: May

Just a few little things that… lighten my load make me laugh stir my heart make me think bring me joy…. I think you might like them, too. Read all the way to the end for a chance at a fun giveaway on the items marked with a * *Ronald Reagan dinner quote print, The Plaid Pineapple, $8 I snagged this sweet little print last Christmas when Denise Hughes (founder and…

Leave a Tender Moment

You got to leave a tender moment alone. ~Billy Joel ‘Mom, let me see your phone.’ My middle unhooked her arm from around my waist to square up her fingers like a frame around an enormous patch of flowers in every color there is. I know what she’s doing. She’s my artist and her eye can’t not see beauty whether sitting right on the surface or by…

Surprised by Church

They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Acts 2:42, The Message ‘Why do we have to go?’ ‘Because they’re family that’s why.’ They’re weird, there’s always lima beans, and I would rather stay home. I only say this in my head about the family reunion because it’s rude as a child to say…

Be the One You Needed

I can’t remember for sure but it feels like my first introduction to Jesus was probably to his clear set of rules. In my world of chaos, the thought of some sort of blueprint was appealing even if I thought early on most of the consequences for rule-breaking would be hell. As the years and I both grew, I read about how Jesus wept, how much he liked…

What Will You Do if You Get One More Day?

This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. ~Maya Angelou I’m not sure if it was because of Erma Bombeck or the Kings of Leon begging me from the radio to Waste a Moment, but yesterday evening found me and my youngest pulled over on the side of the road mooing at the new spring calves. They watched us with their curious moon eyes…