To the Mother Who Has Loved and Been Left

“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.” – Brennan Manning Dear Mother of an Addicted Person, I don’t know what your holiday will look like this year and maybe you don’t either. I […]

Losing Everything Might Be The Path To Finding It All

Recently my son celebrated his 8th birthday. As always on this day, I think back to the hours before he entered this world—all 9lbs of him, full head of jet-black hair, tight little pink fists. He was my second birth, and the one I remember more clearly. I couldn’t tell you much about the birth […]

I Will Bring Change. Will You? PLUS: A Giveaway

By Lacey Forward | Twitter: @willbringchange It was a regular night in 2009 when God answered my prayer. I had asked God to speak to me in a dream about something that mattered to Him. So God did. I awoke to a pillow drenched with tears, puffy eyes, and shaking limbs, images continuing to play in my mind’s eye: I found myself atop […]

Beyond The Myth of Scarcity

By Trudy Smith Growing up in upper-middle class American suburbia, Thanksgiving was usually the day that we ate so much our stomachs hurt—seconds and thirds and dessert, as much as we wanted, because it was a feast day. And although Thanksgiving was a special meal because it brought my extended family together for a big […]

Invite All Your Senses to the Feast

I’m sitting here, leaning firmly against squishy homemade flannel bags filled with field corn; bags I’ve warmed in the microwave, each of them aligned with a sore spot in my back or neck. And I am sighing with gratitude and comfort. I’m breathing in the first truly cool air we’ve enjoyed in central California for […]