I’ll Pray For You

My knee jerk response bubbles up. Don’t bother. I can feel the hardness on my tongue. But I hold back. I examine the bitterness I feel, and try to pinpoint where it came from. Hope dashed? Prayers seemingly unanswered? Watching my child suffer from a crippling disease? Probably all of the above. Keep praying, whispers my tired but hopeful spirit. Keep praying for me. … [Read More]



Seeing Ourselves: Good News for Girls

How We See Ourselves "You don't have to have pink toys if you're a girl … That was the olden days. Now it's 2014. Catch up, people." How Girls Really Feel about … [Read More]


ShePonders: Lost and Found

My sweet son is notorious for losing things–pens, socks, even his phone. Once something has gone missing, he moves right along without noticing most of the time. … [Read More]



The Red Couch: Writing Down the Bones Discussion

I swim in a sea of irony, I’m certain. When my friend Leigh asked our Red Couch Team for a creative post on Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, I replied … [Read More]


The Double-Jointed Answer

When I was about twenty years old, I did some food deliveries and tutoring in a very rough part of Palo Alto, California and it changed me. I saw people taking … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Writing Down the Bones INTRODUCTION

What's your story? The story about the kind of morning you've had or that pivotal moment 12 years ago that changed everything or how you met your best friend or that time you hitchhiked across state lines or why you prefer to shop at this grocery store over … [Read More]


Let Us Be Women Who LISTEN

What does it mean when we are women who listen? For me, it means not quite closing the door on a very powerful series of posts from women on the margins and in our midst—if you missed any of the posts from our WE ARE THE OTHER series, here's an opportunity … [Read More]


Made for a Purpose

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run, I feel his pleasure." - Eric Liddell I don’t think many people, even those who believe that God created them for a purpose, truly believe they have been specifically … [Read More]


We Are What We Do

All my life, my parents lived out what it means to be married well. Each of them came from homes that were dysfunctional in different ways and they worked hard to create a life that made space for one another and for each of their three children. They … [Read More]


The Only Way to Be

It's November, and the vibrant leaves fall at my feet as I walk to the flower shop where I work, to the cafe, to the grocery store, to the bank, to my mailbox. These southern trees of Tennessee turn a little later than I'm used to, having grown up in Michigan. … [Read More]