Dear World, From Roseburg

Dear World, From Roseburg

Dear World, From Roseburg

Dear World, Before yesterday most of you had never heard of the City of Roseburg. Now when you hear that name you will link us to the tragedy that happened on our small community college campus yesterday. That is not who we are. We are a logging community tucked into a beautiful valley with some of the most beautiful tree covered hills you’ve ever seen. The waters of the Umpqua river flow through our town and Umpqua Community College sits above its banks. The same interstate that brought reporters and government officials is the same road that’s welcomed back our

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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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