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 […]

Is An Ordinary Life Enough?

I realized with a start today that we’re already a week into Ordinary Time, that big empty space on the Christian calendar that falls between Pentecost and Advent. I’m not sure I like ordinary time. I don’t know what to do with this uninterrupted expanse. I’m used to the gentle spiritual practices of Advent and […]

I’m Standing With the Ones Who Wait

by Sallie Burroughs | Instagram: @salliekae Babies, it seems, are everywhere. I wish I could tell you that I am 100% happy and content in this current season with both of our careers, surrounded by family, and enjoying our freedom and independence. I wish I could tell you I didn’t want kids just yet. But I can’t. […]