Take a stand – it’s ok to upset people {The Kind Side}

Sometimes in our lives we feel like we can't do things because we might upset someone. We know the boundaries, the rules, the expectations, and the acceptable compromises in our social circles. But sometimes something happens and our thinking changes. We're in the same groups, but the logic doesn't work anymore. The shortcomings, pitfalls, and … Continue reading Take a stand – it’s ok to upset people {The Kind Side}

You are allowed to stop being angry {Notes from the Kind Side}

I wish I could make it so everyone agreed. Don't we all? I know it's not my job to convince everyone of my point of view or to reconcile all the points of view in some magical way. And very often it's hard for me to allow goodness on the other side of things. It's … Continue reading You are allowed to stop being angry {Notes from the Kind Side}

The Not-knowing {Notes from the Kind Side}

"Why is Coronavirus ruining my life?" My eight year old put it very succinctly. I could have told him about why we're staying home, or how stuff just happens sometimes, or that how we can learn to be here together a little better. But I didn't. For better or for worse, I let his question … Continue reading The Not-knowing {Notes from the Kind Side}

Let’s not panic, but it’s ok to feel afraid {The Kind Side}

The world has changed a lot in the last few weeks, our country has changed a lot last week, and most of lives will change this morning as more things are canceled and more Covid-19 guidelines are set in place. But aside from logistics, health, and numbers, I'm worried about the way we're responding as … Continue reading Let’s not panic, but it’s ok to feel afraid {The Kind Side}

Sacred Endurance by Trillia Newbell {Book Review}

"God is an ever-present help." This means God isn't sort-of present, halfway present, distracted, or distant. He is always present. God is with us in our lostness and trouble." Trillia Newbell in Sacred Endurance (p88) Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith by Trillia Newbell In Sacred Endurance, Trillia Newbell gives us … Continue reading Sacred Endurance by Trillia Newbell {Book Review}

The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith {Book Review}

"God is good, and God is still in control, and God's kingdom is never in trouble." James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God, p 67. I appreciate the sense of peace and calm carried along through The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith. The … Continue reading The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith {Book Review}

You in ALL Your Weirdness {What Makes a Person Whole?}

Yesterday I found myself leaning on the counter with my head in my hands taking concentrated breaths, completely overwhelmed by just one more thing. It was rough day. Some days are just like that. It wasn’t particularly different than any other day. It was just another day of requests for food five minutes after meals, … Continue reading You in ALL Your Weirdness {What Makes a Person Whole?}

Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram by Calhoun and Loughrige {Book Review}

(Thanks to IVPress for the free copy of this book for this long-overdue review!) Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformations provides an interesting perspective on the personal and spiritual growth possible through using the enneagram. This is not an entry level enneagram book. You need to know your number first … Continue reading Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram by Calhoun and Loughrige {Book Review}