Archives for January 2014


MLK Jr Day and Reflections on Parenting and Race

I wasn’t planning on writing this. I wasn’t. But then I read this. About every third thought was taking me back to it. And I began to believe maybe my voice, even in its shakiness, has offerings on the conversation of race. And then today we went to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Afterwards we had […]


Lighthouses, Rahab and Obedience

It was my lighthouse, my prayer chamber, although I wouldn’t have called it praying then. I could sit on the north shore and on a clear day you could see the outline of Boston. Sorting out questions and hopes and dreams. It was my quiet place to go. My secret escape from a house of […]


Offering Courage

It’s 4am and I’m hiding the glow of the computer screen from a deep sleeping boy. His fever has hit 103, his body radiating heat and smells of sickness. But now he sleeps peacefully next to me. I’m strangely awake and check to see the five-minute Friday prompt. Encouragement. I look down at him. And […]

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Come Thy Fount

We are sitting around our living room. Images of our wedding playing on our tv. For Christmas Rob’s parents had our wedding video copied to DVD. (yes, we were married in the VHS era). Our six-year-old son keeps asking when he will appear. Finally sighing and saying “I wish I could jump right into the […]

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He Delights in Us

  “Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17  Last weekend’s verse and post was from from the coast of South Carolina. Ocean waves inviting me to the heavenly realms. […]


Standing Firm in Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Last year my word for the year was Stand. This year it is Uncover. When I read this verse it seems to be a transition verse for […]


Spiritual Blessings

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 I don’t know what this verse means. Not fully. I wonder where the heavenly realms are. And I long to understand more of the spiritual blessings. But […]


Goal Setting and the Spirit

I’m sitting at Starbucks. A gift of time from my in-laws. I have my journal and plans and goals. As I flip through my journal, an entry from a few weeks ago jumps out. Just one verse written in letters large enough to fill the page: “After beginning with the Spirit are you now trying […]

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OneWord 2014- Uncover

  “…(she) introduced me to a shadow of my true self, touched something in me that was there but sleeping. That’s what artists do. They pull back the covering on our inner life, allowing us to see things beneath the surface, things that, without their compassion, creativity and generosity, we may have missed.” – Emily […]