Standing Up to Our Pharaohs

Sometimes I lose myself in fall and not in a wistful, dreamy way. In a soul-draining, 40-years-in-the-wilderness, passionless sort of lost way. Then there’s the time between fall and winter—the In-Between Time. The time between the busyness of routine and the stillness that snow and cold and the holiness of Christmas brings. The time when […]

How I Nearly Lost It All In Pursuit of God’s New Thing

Lean in, dear Children, for I am about to tell you a cautionary tale of how I nearly lost it all in pursuit of God’s New Thing. It was 2007 and my life was The Perfect Storm. I was a budding writer and a stay-at-home mom of three little people. I had just completed a […]

Bloom Where You Are Planted

By: Courtney Beck | Twitter: @CourtneyBeck83 When I left a coveted job in Baltimore to join my husband in Houston for graduate school I remember thinking two things: “What an awesome opportunity I’ve had to work here,” followed by “I would never want to lead an organization like this.” To be clear, I absolutely love everything […]

The Gate, Part II

Here is a thing that I’m learning: At some point in your life, you will walk through the gate that someone’s life made for you–a space in the exact shape of their unique, specific being, much the same shape as a question mark, so that you can finally enter the world. It will change everything […]

Invitation to an Upside Down Redemption

By Courtney Beck | Twitter: @CourtneyBeck83 “So why do you want to work with the poor?” the teacher asked our class. “Because I want to help people who’ve had less opportunities than I have had,” someone answered. “Nope! That’s not a good enough reason,” said the instructor. “Why do you want to serve the poor?” “Because […]