Back Roads to Belonging by Kristen Strong {Book Review}

"A quiet back road requires the patience and eyes-wide-open vision that allows us to see the stunning views of God's provision for each of us. But it also provides a suitable place for us to consider where he wants us to expand our circle and sense of belonging. After we spend time caring for our … Continue reading Back Roads to Belonging by Kristen Strong {Book Review}

Invited by Leslie Verner {Book Review}

"While some of us may be led to move, go, and pledge ourselves to other lands, most of us are tasked with the mission to stay. What if we took that same sense of purpose and "calling" we often attribute to cross-cultural workers, pastors, and missionaries, and poured it into our right-here, right-now lives?What if … Continue reading Invited by Leslie Verner {Book Review}

Influence {Five Minute Friday}

Maybe more important than who we are influencing is that we consider who we are influenced by at the same time. Are our hearts being formed in Christlikeness or are we striving for what the world deems as important? Are we putting stock in fearmongering or are we weighing in with grace, hope, and lovingkindness … Continue reading Influence {Five Minute Friday}

Thirteen – together and alone {Five Minute Friday}

There's something about 13.1 that feels doable. The distance is set and measured. The starting line is here. The finish is there. Each step takes me a measurable distance closer to the finish line that is as close as possible to exactly 13.1 miles away. It's a race. Mostly it's just against myself since I'm … Continue reading Thirteen – together and alone {Five Minute Friday}

What I’m Into | September 2015

I am sitting in a quiet house. The AC just kicked on again because we live in the part where cool mornings blend seamlessly into surprisingly hot afternoons. But the house is quiet. My three are sleeping and I am awake. I would be charging myself with a nap too, only my mom stopped by … Continue reading What I’m Into | September 2015

Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller {Book Review}

Lean On Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community (The whimsical and pretty cover art made me happy :) ) In Lean on Me, Anne Marie Miller writes of her divorce, relocation away and back to her home, the creation of a network of friends, her journey to community, and everything in between. But it's … Continue reading Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller {Book Review}

The Normal Christian Life {Ch #10 and #11}

We're rapidly nearing the end of our study through Or The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. My Bible study has just one chapter left and then we'll be breaking for the holidays so I am hurrying to finish up these chapter summaries/outlines/reflections. Whatever they are. Mostly I just write these so that the things … Continue reading The Normal Christian Life {Ch #10 and #11}

Larry Crabb on Community {18/31 Niches}

"Everything in spiritual community is reversed from the world's order. It is our weakness, not our competence, that moves others; our sorrows, not our blessings, that break down the barriers of fear and shame that keep us apart; our admitted failures, not our paraded successes, that bind us together in hope. " "Brokenness is the … Continue reading Larry Crabb on Community {18/31 Niches}