Happy to be Healed, a Little Crooked

A sacred pause can refresh and restore us when we're weary. But what about when we're forced to take an unexpected pause not of our own choosing? Can God use even that? My friend, Tina, shares her story below as a guest post this week. Over New Year's, I decided to host a small party … Continue reading Happy to be Healed, a Little Crooked

Why I’m Happy to Have a Little Lent in My Advent This Year

In these days of Advent when most everyone I know is thinking about Christmas, this year I have Lent on my mind. In part, it's because Advent and Lent have a lot in common. Just as the weeks of Advent prepare us for Christmas, so the weeks of Lent prepare us for Easter. Historically, both … Continue reading Why I’m Happy to Have a Little Lent in My Advent This Year

When You Want Martha’s Hands and Mary’s Heart

A guest post by Chris Maxwell, who appeared on my blog last year and who has just released Pause with Jesus: Encountering His Story in Everyday Life. I'm so excited to receive my copy that I just had to share an excerpt! Congratulations, Chris, on this fourth book in your "Pause" series, and thank you … Continue reading When You Want Martha’s Hands and Mary’s Heart

What I have in common with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Nadia Bolz-Weber (and you do too)

No, I don't have a hyphenated last name, and I don't live south of the border in the USA, but I do have something in common with both Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Nadia Bolz-Weber because we each spoke at Seattle Pacific University this month. I was excited by the invitation to speak as part of SPU's … Continue reading What I have in common with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Nadia Bolz-Weber (and you do too)

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So how does it feel, now that you’re an orphan?

The question surprised me, since I’d never thought of myself as an orphan, but I immediately recognized the truth of it.  With my father’s death some years ago and my mother’s death more recently, I had become part of the “older generation” in my family--fatherless, motherless, an orphan. My father’s death was the first death … Continue reading So how does it feel, now that you’re an orphan?

In the Christian faith, how is fasting an aid to peace?

Thank you to all those who prayed, questioned, encouraged, offered resources, attended, and otherwise expressed interest in last week's interfaith event where I had been invited as one of three featured speakers on the topic of fasting as an aid to peace. In my previous article written before the event, What is Interfaith Dialogue and How to … Continue reading In the Christian faith, how is fasting an aid to peace?

God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.

Please welcome Lisa Ackland Carriere, who is a new friend, ministry-focused writer, and college English educator. Lisa is currently working on a book about women in ministry entitled Divine Call: How Women Leaders Overcome Ministry Challenges. I appreciate what she has to say about work, rest, and prayer, and hope that you will too! It’s … Continue reading God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.

Life Between the Pauses/Toward a Theology of Work

This week marks the two-year anniversary of Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. In a world that sometimes seems too busy, the book encourages us to pause, to take a step back and reconnect more deeply with ourselves and with God. I wrote the book out of my own longing for sacred pauses, and I'm grateful … Continue reading Life Between the Pauses/Toward a Theology of Work