Many days I find myself working toward the picture of a fabulous life that is in my head. It has pieces in it like my children settled into their lives and relationships and living out of their identity in Jesus without fear or struggle; a relationship with my husband that is encouraging, supportive, comforting, effortless, … Continue reading Hard Days, Good Things
I finally gave in to my girls’ requests to put up the Christmas tree. They’ve been asking since our first cold day in October. Now, I like Christmas lights and wonder as much as the next person, but I know myself. The extra excitement and clutter really wear thin for me after about a month. … Continue reading Early Christmas This Year?
I don’t know if it’s true, but I once heard that the 70 years the Israelites spent in Babylonian captivity was one year for every sabbath year they didn’t take while they were living in the promised land. You see, they were instructed by God to allow the land to lie fallow every seventh year...
In my last blog on October 9th, I wrote, “We rarely help people tell their stories, notice their hearts and minds, and give them time to interact with God and His grace for what they notice.” Today’s blog digs a little deeper into that. When I was growing up I would spend at least two … Continue reading Time to Notice Stories
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, … Continue reading A Full Table for Empty People
Imagine this scene with me for a minute. Satan comes to seek an audience with the Lord, but before he can say a word, the Lord says, “Have you seen My servant, Jamie?” (Actually, it’s probably best if you insert your own name there and fill in with the appropriate pronouns below.) “Have you seen … Continue reading Job and I Have a Lot in Common
Never in my whole life did I aspire to be an entrepreneur. To be honest, I’m not even sure if I ran a lemonade stand when I was a kid, which just proves how lacking in entrepreneurial desires I am. Here I am, though, running a business that my husband and I started ourselves with … Continue reading Planting a Seed in the Desert
As I write this, I’m basking in the glow of three weekends spent sharing the grace of God with the people of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bryan, Texas. For me, it felt like the culmination of five years’ worth of hard learning. Well, I guess all of it wasn’t hard learning, but I’m not going … Continue reading Mmmmm…..That Tastes Good!
Here is where we will be in the coming weeks and months. If we are near you, come and see us. If what we are doing is a private retreat, keep us in your prayers as well as the leaders with whom we will be cultivating sacred space! Love y'all! January 18 | We will lead … Continue reading Breathe Life on the Road
Vivek H. Murthy, the Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017, recently wrote in the Harvard Business Review, "During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness." He goes on to say, "Loneliness is a growing health epidemic. We live in the … Continue reading Breathing Life into Your Story