10 Things That Are Over Rated

A few years back on the calendar, a new business moved into our small community that had everyone bubbling. After ten people in one day asked me if I had tried ‘that new bubble tea yet’, I determined to put my curiosity to rest and understand the hype. Bubble tea is served with a special straw designed like a garden hose to accommodate golf-ball sized tapioca pearls. I didn…

Small Beginnings

Taking care of some business yesterday morning, I zipped off a quick message: ‘I was just wondering: are we still a go? Not worrying about the number and just moving forward?’ I clicked over to another page to finish an article not coming easily. Within minutes, the ding of a reply from my friend thankfully interrupted the writer’s block: ‘I am going to move forward. Had a friend talk…

All the Things

(We just moved to Arkansas, Y’all. I get to have coffee with this view every morning. It’s a crazy life.)   Because I like to share all the good things…. Dignum Memoria and Chad Matthews A thing that has always driven me is the story behind a set of eyes. Sitting down with a stranger, sharing story, and then parting perhaps as friends, but for…

Digging For Beauty

There are some things people say that make my eyes roll way back up inside my head if I’m not of a mind to hear them. It’s not on purpose: it’s knee-jerk eye-rolling. ‘If the Lord brings you to it, He will see you through it.’ ‘The Lord only gives you what you can handle.’ ‘Having gratitude will fix that attitude.’ These are all so…

So You’re a B Team Christian

My son had it in his mind last fall that all he wanted to do in the wide world ever was play some football. Being raised by the South teaches a boy a few nonnegotiables mostly by way of not-so subconcious: say yes ma’am, eat your cornbread in your beans, and play the football. So my boy, along with most every male in middle school, took a week…

4 Things to Remember When Be Still Seems Impossible

Be still and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10 Thumbing through the scrawl of my journal one quiet morning before my three roosters began to crow, I began to pick out patterns of words on several of the worn pages: please show me be still I never realized I asked so much…but there it is, underlined and pen-scored and coffee-stained. What is it about being…

All the Things

  (Y’all. This is a real picture from my real friend Sara Gilmore’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah!)   Because I like to share all the good things… The Swoonerie Let’s be honest: I happened by The Swoonerie in the beginning because it’s next to Sonic and the hours between 2 and 4 are the Happy ones. The second my big toe…

When Your Family Doesn’t Get Along for the Holidays

Growing up cutting my teeth on the unrealistic expectations of Cinderella, I spent years looking for a cute boy to come and save me from my chores, waltz with me, and look at me with big moony eyes every second of every day for happily ever after. While I do finally have my cute boy for ever after, that’s pretty much where the similarities in Cindy’s and my…

December Book Giveaway: Shine So Bright by Tim Willard

Like all the conference-goers attending all conferences everywhere, I quickly scanned the list of keynote speakers for our few days together at Allume last year. Yes. Yes. Know him. Know her. Read her book. Who? Timothy Willard? Never heard of him. So Tim Willard’s Doc Martens take their place on the stage after dinner one night and with one of those voices that feels like a light touch…

A Letter: To Ones We Have Lost and Miss

Hey Dad, This December marks four without you. Some days it feels like forty…other days it feels just like you left us yesterday. I guess sometimes these ‘anniversaries’ feel hard because it takes me right back to that time…Before. I never wallow around in the missing because that’s not the hope I fully realize we are holding in our hands…but sometimes grief will put its arms…