For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (book review)

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (book review)

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (book review)

I’m passionate about community. My mercy heart screams out when I feel as if someone has had to to walk a dark path on their own or even celebrate a special day by themselves making the victory feel a bit hollow. When I posted about Jen Hatmaker’s new book “For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards” I wrote about the gift of community that has been the best part of being on the launch team. Today I get to tell you more about the book itself because today is launch day! For the Love is

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Making Room at the Table

Making Room at the Table

I want to be raw and honest and real. I want to be polished and on point and put together. I hope for my words to be true but I wonder if they should be filtered. Like a photo, edited to highlight the best parts – leaving some truth in the original image – I more often want you to see what is pleasing. My words aren’t always seasoned with grace. They are sometimes raw with the passion that pours from my mercy heart. That place in my soul, shaped by my Creator that sees the lonely, the hurting, the

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Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

It’s natural to be want to be right. There is something about walking out life on a platform where  your word and thoughts are set out for the world to read. Ideas come from research or personal experience, either way, that’s what this writing thing is about. It’s about sharing ideas and expressing thoughts to evoke change or at the least inspire. At least for me that has been my hope. When Mother’s Day rolls around every year my feelings morph and flow out onto my pages. They often resonate with those who agree with me. For those who don’t

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That One Time I Promised to Cut Loose

That One Time I Promised to Cut Loose

My word this year is “release”. I didn’t want a word this year. After all, I have a whole phrase I’m living in. Who has time for a word and a phrase. Not this girl. Well, apparently I needed to make time because when you ask the Holy Spirit to impress something on your heart and He does, listening seems to be the wisest course of action. Two weeks ago today I rode north to Portland with my friend. Tresta is a gifted writer who speaks bold truths with a gentle gracious spirit. Our destination was the Faith and Culture Writers Conference

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He Thinks I’m Beautiful

He Thinks I’m Beautiful

Friday night we had a date to our favorite little lounge restaurant in town. The weather has been perfect so I pulled out my little black dress, curled my hair, took time on my makeup and even remembered earrings. He got dressed up and we took Betty Lou – our 1958 Chevy Bel Air – to steal away for a couple of hours together. As always, he made me feel pretty. On Saturday we found ourselves in the yard. He was done trimming the curly willows when I asked if he needed help. I threw on my gardening jeans, old

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