What Writing Means for Me Today

In third grade, I wrote about wanting to be a writer some day, and illustrated my two paragraphs with a hand-drawn picture of my parents' old manual typewriter. Today my husband says to me, "You're living your dream." That's true in many ways, although there's a lot about writing today that's different from what I … Continue reading What Writing Means for Me Today

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

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

Sacred Pauses and the Ultimate Christmas Countdown Checklist

Real Simple magazine has what they call the Ultimate Christmas Countdown Checklist. It actually starts three to six months before Christmas with “Make a family plan. Are you heading to your in-laws’ house? Hosting everyone at yours? Sit down with family members and decide where you’ll be spending the holidays.” At two months before Christmas, … Continue reading Sacred Pauses and the Ultimate Christmas Countdown Checklist

my Sacred Pauses daybook 2015

~ my SACRED PAUSES daybook 2015 has been sold out and is no longer available ~   As promised, I'm pleased to share the ordering information for my SACRED PAUSES daybook 2015. Since I first shared about this project, Lois and I decided to change the black lettering to white and go with a white … Continue reading my Sacred Pauses daybook 2015

Coming Soon: my Sacred Pauses daybook 2015

~ my SACRED PAUSES daybook 2015 has been sold out and is no longer available ~   I've previously featured photos and a guest post by my friend, Lois Siemens, who is a pastor and wonderful calligrapher and photographer. We've been working together on a new project that I'm excited to share with you! (If … Continue reading Coming Soon: my Sacred Pauses daybook 2015

Writing FAQ: so how is the book doing now?

I never know how to answer this question: so how is the book doing? As I'm all too aware, there's always another book that's doing better. Some other book is getting rave reviews. Some other book is lighting up the Twitterverse. Meanwhile, I'm way down the list on Amazon, somewhere in a dark corner of … Continue reading Writing FAQ: so how is the book doing now?

Cultivating Spiritual Practices

I was delighted to lead two seminars at this year's Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Winnipeg. Cultivating Spiritual Practices was the title suggested to me by Assembly organizers, but the sessions might just as well have been called Deepening Your Walk with God, or Growing Your Relationship with Jesus, or Developing Spiritual Discipline. In this post, I share my seminar outline.