Becoming, Enough, Everyday Grace

Daring Contentment

"I believe that the most important single thing beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare." Maya Angelou When I think of daring. I don't usually think of me. But I have been daring lately. Daring to be content. Daring to be happy with me and the life that is mine. Daring to be unapologetic… Continue reading Daring Contentment

Everyday Grace, Quotes, Words

Words of Grace: 10 Favorite Quotes from Frederick Buechner

I love words. If you've been hanging around this blog for a while, you might know that I especially love Frederick Buechner's words. Not only do I love the way that he paints beautiful pictures that burrow deep into my soul, that catch my breath, that bring me to tears. I love how Buechner illuminates… Continue reading Words of Grace: 10 Favorite Quotes from Frederick Buechner

Everyday Grace, Motherhood

To Pause at a Threshold (Or: What in the world happened to the time?)

"Whether or not it seems sacred at first, a threshold can become a holy place of new beginnings as we tend it, wait within it, and discern the path beyond." -Jan L. Richardson I find myself at a threshold this morning--stepping from what was and into what is to come. Life is made up of… Continue reading To Pause at a Threshold (Or: What in the world happened to the time?)

Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Everyday Grace, Paying Attention, Prayer

Walking with your Eyes and Heart Wide Open

“Creation itself is a sacred text through which the presence of God is revealed to us.” –Christine Valters Paintner Last weekend, I hiked with my family through a gorgeous piece of woods in a state park close to home. The trees were green with young leaves. Warm sunlight illuminated young ferns and a myriad of… Continue reading Walking with your Eyes and Heart Wide Open

Everyday Grace, Silence

The Search for a Quiet Life

The kids needed a break about three miles into our family bike adventure. We found a resting spot off of the trail and climbed off of our bikes. We were chatting and drinking water when I noticed that the trail was empty in both directions. We were miles from any roads. "Hey, People. Stop talking.… Continue reading The Search for a Quiet Life

Compassion, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Everyday Grace, Prayer, Silence

Changing the Rhythm of Seeing Another

Something has been off between me and a person I love. I don't know that the feeling is mutual. It could be all me. But sometimes I feel my heart hardening, and I don't know why. The other day, I sat down to spend some time in quiet. Unease toward this loved one surfaced. "What… Continue reading Changing the Rhythm of Seeing Another