I Thought My Marriage Was a Huge Mistake (It Wasn’t)

Our shame is the enemy of someone else’s success. I scribbled this sentence on the back of an old Taco Bell receipt and stuck it on our fridge the night of our first counseling session. We had been married less than six months and I felt like I had ruined both our lives when I […]

First, the Tomb

The rain falls steadily, beating against the translucent plastic of the skylight across the hall from where I write. It’s a drumbeat that reminds me that fruitfulness requires dark, wet days. Lots and lots of dark, wet days. Life continues to teach me that there is no resurrection without the darkness of death; there is […]

The Capacity of Stomachs and Schedules

Our stomachs are incredible organs: like the stretchiest of balloons, they can expand in size from a fraction of a cup to well over eight cups when full. Think of the hours after a feast like Thanksgiving Dinner: cups and cups of turkey, pie, and mashed potatoes sloshing around, with those who didn’t wear stretchy […]

Sacred Pauses: Sabbath and Savasana

By Sarah Henderson | Twitter: @sarahlowhen I’ve often heard yoga teachers say that savasana is the hardest yoga pose for many people to practice. This pose typically comes at the end of a yoga class, and is one where students are guided to let all physical effort cease. A student lies on his or her back, […]

If We’re Going to Be the Church We’ll Need Some Apple Crisp

by Sue Donaldason | welcomeheart.com I like to say that if God wanted us to be all by ourselves God would give us each our own planet. Would you like your own planet? Maybe so. I can just picture it. “You, there. Yes, Sue—you get that planet over there by the mall. Imagine! Your own […]