Listening to the Rhythms of Life Abroad.

There are rhythms all around us sending us messages. The power goes out. The water tank is empty. The internet hasn’t worked in days. The car breaks down. The baby just wants to be held. In those moments there is a very critical choice that will make or break my day; will I listen to the rhythms or try to create my own? Read the rest of this post on the Taking Route Blog.

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Looking For Ways to Live More Generously?

I was inspired by a friend's resolutions to give away 30 things for her 30th birthday. I am looking for ways to live more generously this year without necessarily giving away more money. Check out my 8 Ideas on the Upper Barn Blog.

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Broken-Equals Part 1 of 3: Becoming the Bride.

It was a redemptive day for me as my family and friends pooled their joy in a celebration of the hope of Jesus Christ. I think everyone was astounded at what the Lord can do with so little in such a short amount of time, but no one was as astounded as me.

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Broken-Equals Part 2 of 3: The Making of Covenant & The Taking Communion.

There he was, towering over the crowd. Short blonde hair. My heart leaped into my stomach the moment our eyes met. I knew he was my husband, but I had no idea how it would ever happen. We were both such a mess.

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15 Books that Made Me Brave in 2015.

The importance of embracing our stories is a concept emerging in mainstream culture, but the first place I ever read or heard about the role of story in our lives was in this book by Madeline L’Engle written in the 1990s.

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Shame Sucks (at the Soul).

I have a theory: you can recover from all kinds of calamities, mistakes, misjudgments, losses, and heartaches as long as you are able to walk out from under the cloud of shame into the redeeming light of day.

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Delta of Doubt.

Faith has to co-exist with doubt. Faith is born at the delta of doubt.

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Wading in Mystery

In reality, none of us are in control. We can only create the semblance of control.

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Given & Forgiven

Forgiveness is hard. I wanted to have my day in court, my vengeance in this life. Instead, I folded the card and tied a ribbon around it and attached it to a hot pink balloon. I did this ten more times, then I went to bed.

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The Fog to Find.

But when you come to the end of your rope and realize that you can't save yourself, you must turn to the one who saves and redeems through the most unorthodox means: like finding in a fog, going from weak to strong, sink to float, let go to receive, sacrifice to save.

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