Becoming, Enough, Perspective, writing

Welcoming Empty Pages and Spacious Places

I've been contending with empty pages for a while now. Empty journal pages—pen poised in my hand for 30 minutes and the page still blank. Empty word documents—cursor blinking and not a word to type. Empty pages sometimes feel like failure. In a few days, I will be staring down another blank page. For the… Continue reading Welcoming Empty Pages and Spacious Places

Becoming, Contemplation, Discernment, Listening, Prayer, Questions

What is Your Question? The One You Need Today?

"What is your question? Your question for today?" my wise friend asked me gently. "I can only choose one?" I asked nervously. Do questions swirl in your mind like dry leaves on a blustery day, thick and unsettling? Maybe your questions are more blizzard-like--a blinding morass keeping you from moving forward? Then maybe this question… Continue reading What is Your Question? The One You Need Today?

Becoming, Contemplation, Contemplative Practices, Image of God, Listening, Paying Attention

What if There’s Something Much Better than Living for God?

I used to desperately try to live for God. And for most of my grown-up life, I felt like I was letting God down. When you grow up Baptist with a strong earnest streak and a deep spiritual hunger, you cannot help but try to live your life for God. You will read books, hear… Continue reading What if There’s Something Much Better than Living for God?

At River's Edge, Doubt, faith, lent, Seasons

A Baptist Discovers Lent

I am grateful to be writing for At River's Edge this week. Here is a peek: Growing up as a girl born Baptist, Easter was something that we celebrated with triumphant music, Easter-egg hunts, and ham.  We were excited for Easter, but Easter always caught me by surprise.  Maybe it snuck up on me because I… Continue reading A Baptist Discovers Lent