When My Barrenness Met God

By Natasha Metzler | Twitter: @natashametzler [Trigger warning for our readers struggling with infertility.] I never expected the word barren to label my life. I was a vibrant person. I am an introvert to be sure, but I wasn’t shy or backward. I loved life and loved living it. By the time I was in my early twenties I […]

Love in Translation

By Joanna Saul Carns | Twitter: @ModernRuthPrjct “A friend is the one that lends a hand during the time of need.”  —Arabic proverb One. واحد I stood inside my local food pantry, looking at the family before me. The man was dressed in a gray sweat suit and white tennis shoes. His black hair and […]

Moving Mountains Together

By Mallory Redmond | Twitter: @malloryjredmond “Be the kind of woman,” Joanne Collins writes, “who, when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says “Oh, no! She’s up.” I want to be that kind of woman, the kind who wakes up with gusto, ready to take ownership of the day. Me? I press […]

May the Road Rise

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 Sometime in the middle of last year I got sick. It was nothing very serious—an infection which then led to a prolonged period of exhaustion. But it was the kind of deep-in-your-bones exhaustion which means extended time off work and whittling down entries in the beloved Moleskine schedule to … […]

When Grace Sets You Apart

By Anne Dahlhauser | Twitter: @AnneDahlhauser We didn’t wear denim to Sunday evening singings. Or much of the color white any day of the week. We didn’t trade our skirts for pants even when the icy, Midwestern winds blew. We never bought wedding rings. Or TVs. Or make-up. We were to be set apart, the […]