No Grit, No Pearl

[Love this graphic? Scroll down to see where you can purchase it today.] Many years ago, grit meant not giving up on a very long dream. Even after it felt like dry bones and I thought the dream was dead. Even though I felt ridiculous for carrying it for so long. I dreamed about a “global good news magazine” for more than a decade, but didn't make it happen. I remember the … [Read More]


Because Black Lives Always Matter

In the past year I’ve watched my world blow up with loaded language, apathy and sadness. In the past year I’ve caught myself whispering sweet names Trayvon, … [Read More]


Rest as Transformation

By Rebecca Laramée | Twitter: @larameereb “Put down the gloves,” he told me, “and stop fighting.” Biting back the tears, a silent pause held in their … [Read More]



I Want a Big LOVE Campaign

I stepped out of the car, feeling both a looming dread and a sense of relief. It was finally going to be over. I'd never felt so terrified, lost, and alone. My … [Read More]


Slow is the Name of the Game

There are still boxes that are unpacked, albeit neatly hidden away either in a room at the back of the house or in areas not in daily use. This leaves me with a … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Silence Discussion Tonight

Whether you read along with us this month or you read Silence by Shusaku Endo years ago, we hope you'll chime in on our discussion tonight. Instead of our usual discussion post, we're taking it to our Facebook group. You can RSVP here or just plan to show … [Read More]


When Moving is Not the Magic Solution

At the beginning of this month, my husband and I celebrated our one-year anniversary of living in our new city, Nashville, Tennessee. It felt like such a victory, knowing we had survived such a significant change and all the obstacles that came with … [Read More]


Why I’m Grateful For My Struggle With Depression

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." —Albert Camus On the days when I feel empty and lost, when I can’t find a reason to put one foot in front of the other, or raise the colorless food that sits on the … [Read More]


We Are Better Together

By Lindsey Smallwood | Twitter: @lindseysmallw [Trigger warning: Disordered eating] I had just left the psych ward. Dramatic, but true. Years of practicing a secret eating disorder had left me broken in body and spirit. Finally a health crisis … [Read More]


Expanding Our Empathy for the Refugee Crisis

  I hold two passports, for two nationalities. Two passports which both rank in the top five most powerful passports in the world. Between these two documents, few places are restricted to me. I can travel, and have travelled, all over the world, … [Read More]


Longing To Say Less

By Meredith Bazzoli | Twitter: @MeredithBazzoli I have a lot of words. In third grade, my teacher shared an exemplary expository essay on the class overhead projector. She read the piece aloud, underlining, circling, and starring words in purple … [Read More]


My Daughter’s Namesake (a legacy of love)

By Nicole T. Walters | Twitter: @NicoleTWalters Some of the stereotypes of the Bible-belt South tend to be true. There are churches on every corner and they are divided pretty well along cultural or racial lines. Atlanta is a hub for international students … [Read More]


Transition and Desire

So we are moving again. Boxes half filled stand across our bedroom floor waiting for contents. We’re filling up Facebook albums with photos of things to sell and give away. We’re packing these last few weeks with lunches and dinners and picnics in the park, … [Read More]


Rest Mama, There’s Enough Time

By Olive Chan | Pinterest: /olivechan/ If there's one lesson I am constantly learning and re-learning in my life with God, it's how to rest. Every time I think I've got it, I am confronted with another application, another dimension, another depth or … [Read More]


Take Time to Train

It’s the story of the tortoise and the hare, isn’t it? In my hurry to get things done, I sometimes find myself taking longer—much longer—than those who act thoughtfully and methodically. I “quickly” check my email on my phone, but since I can’t reply in … [Read More]