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Let All Mortal Flesh

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to shut the heck up. And too often, that is really hard to do! We get used to the constant buzz of the sound of life lived in the 21stcentury. We’ve got radios in our homes and cars—and sometimes, stuck inside our ears. There are telephones in our pockets or attached to our purses. Cars that backfire, coffee makers that sing, washing … [Read More]

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When Freedom Beckons You

By Bri Deutsch Getting sober was not a trend for me. I wish it was. I wish I could have easily put down the drink, the food, the men and just gone on my merry … [Read More]

We Were Not Made to Be Nice

The word "nice" is not in the Bible. It is nowhere to be found in the half dozen translations I’ve searched. There's not one single time Jesus directs us to be … [Read More]

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Our Confidence is in the Shalom-Maker

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. In the early days of the New Year I stumbled upon Psalm 46. I was thinking about how God disarms … [Read More]

Untangling My Twisted Theology of Creation

By Natalie Patton | Twitter: @naticakes1016  It was the time of day in Bangkok when dirt and dust from sidewalk chalk covered my kids. With darkened faces, … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: Raise Your Voice Introduction

I have long carried this image of myself as a wise, old woman. In that picture, my fluffy white hair smells of lavender and rosemary and I wear long, flowy dresses and handknit sweaters. I spend half my time in a little cottage in Rest And Be Thankful in … [Read More]

I’m Done With Distracted Living

How can I become a student of silence when my husband and I can’t communicate until the three children splay out in strange formations in their beds at night? When my brain turns to mush at 8pm and all I want to do is read or watch TV? Thudding feet find me … [Read More]

Letting Go of the Life We Had Planned

By Marlys Johnson | Twitter: @iMarlysJohnson They left a card on our oak dining table wearing an E.M. Forster quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” While I spent my first holiday as a … [Read More]

When Silence is Hard

I thought meditation would help me feel peaceful. I did not expect it to bring on a near panic-attack. I found the book on listening prayer in my church’s library, a slim paperback, a good twenty years old. I was in my last year in college, a year before I … [Read More]

Women Should NOT Remain Silent

“Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.” – 1 Corinthians 14:34 Before you click out of this post for fear of being traumatized by seeing this scripture in black and white, yet … [Read More]

In My Grief, I Speak to the Silence

By Tabitha Terlunen | Instagram: @tabithaterlunen [Trigger warning. This post shares about a stillbirth.] There is no silence like the absence of a heartbeat. There is no quiet like an empty crib. She was, then was not. I felt her move and hiccup … [Read More]

Brave, Finally

I am at the big kid playground with my younger son. There is a twisting slide as tall as our house and monkey bars that curve like a giant wave. An eight-foot tall spider web of tubing towers over us. In a few minutes the school bell will ring and we will … [Read More]

Acedia and the Gift of Epiphany

Autumn had the potential to be an exciting season. My daughter started her freshman year of high school. She loved all her classes, flourished in the drama department, and was content in ways that delighted me. My son played fall football, and began his final … [Read More]

A Blessing for the New Year

So much has changed this year. You got married. You got divorced. You were pregnant. You gave birth. You moved. You got a job. You lost a job. You lost your home. You lost your faith. You lost a parent. A friend. A loved one. You lost yourself. … [Read More]

SheLoves 2018: Reflecting on the Year of Power

In the summer, Scott and I carried a couch out of a two-storey home to the U-haul truck we'd rented. It was a sectional that came in three pieces and I honestly hadn't thought of bringing help along. I figured we could easily do it. It turned out, one piece of … [Read More]