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Chapped Lip Prayers Over Baby Onesies

I yank open the drawer in my bedside table, on a mission for lip balm. But the search is halted before I can start rummaging, when my eyes land on a tiny, white onesie. It’s carefully folded atop the random receipts, bobby pins and candy wrappers. There’s a grinning clock on the front, and tags dangle from the little sleeve. Below the image, it cheekily reads, “Mommy’s alarm … [Read More]

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Fighting Words

Jesus is Lord! I’ve been singing this since I learned my first praise song under the wing of Mary at Saint Nicholas Church. Those around me sang it with a … [Read More]

Lonely at Church

By Kelly Christian |  Instagram I sat in my seat at church and began to write a prayer that said, “I thought I was okay. But I’m not. I really need your people, … [Read More]

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Come Step Into the Light With Me

I love lights, especially strings of lights. I have four long strings, composed of large globes in three colors, strung across the arbor outside the back of our … [Read More]

Invited to Transformation: A Chrysalis Story

By Jessica L. Sanborn | Twitter: @jlsanbornwrites "And the world cannot be described by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: A Woman’s Place Discussion

I’m sitting down to write this discussion post to the gentle whir of the washing machine. The thunder of my son’s turbo crawling is absent. Dad is on duty and while they are away eyeing treasures at the farmers market, I’m free to write. This is the only … [Read More]

I Choose Subversive Joy

Lately, it feels like voices of hate have been amplified. I turn on the news. I log on to Facebook. I listen as fear strangles the heart of conversation around me. Permission has been granted—maybe more than ever before, maybe for the first time in a … [Read More]

Drinking Vodka Out of Frozen Turkeys

What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. Jackie DeShannon belted out those words decades ago but they still ring so true. The more I engage in relationship with people (and myself!) I am struck by … [Read More]

Hurricane Irma and the Uninvited Guests

By Lindsey Bailey | Twitter: @linzeebaylee They arrived unannounced and uninvited. We were making preparations for hurricane Irma. And then they just showed up. “We have nowhere to go,” they said. They weren’t close friends or family members. They … [Read More]

The Fire

by Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins I was still young when I learned of the fire. I grew up in its proximity, among others who were alight, and I was in love with everything about it, asked to take it from my mother’s table As early as I can … [Read More]

No Bows, Please!

By Sara Terry Every Tuesday morning in Nashville, TN, a group of women gathered in an old, poorly-insulated house on Music Row. We stumbled in with bedhead and morning breath, burned our mouths on the coffee because we needed the caffeine, and settled into … [Read More]

The Girl Who Was Afraid of Matches

Here’s a true story: I was scared of lighting matches until I was twenty years old. Twenty years later, now many books of matches under my belt, I find this both ridiculous and completely understandable. Ridiculous because matches are necessary and not … [Read More]

Pumpkin Patch and Pregnancy Loss

By Liz Mannegren | Twitter:@LizMannegren [ Trigger warning:⚠️ Miscarriage and still birth.] As we wade through mud, the soggy earth squelches over the toes of my pink boots and sucks at the rubber soles. Corn ripens in the nearby maze, and the smell of … [Read More]

The Moments That Change Us

My parents and I walked down a narrow set of concrete stairs to get there. Each step moved us closer to a moment in our family story that changed us. Once we were down inside the basement restaurant, we walked to a space in the center. We were surrounded by … [Read More]

Hearing God in the Silence

by Heather Trapp | instagram: real.life.devotions.by.heather One day, everything was great. The next day, the bottom fell out. My well-strategized pastoral career plan hit a wall.  I called my husband, who truly felt bad but had no idea what to say. … [Read More]

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