Wisdom from a misread church sign

The other day I was driving around and saw a church sign that said: DON’T MAKE YOUR MISTAKES YOUR VALUES I thought it was a powerful message, one that could have saved me a fair amount of time in my conversion if I’d heard it early on. When I was first open to the possibility that God might exist, it was tempting to use my own life choices and beliefs (some of which were bound to be mistakes) as the golden standard, to find a belief system that told me that God thinks that I’m fine, everything I’ve ever done is fine, and... Read More

The ultimate burnout survival guide

I have a lot of experience with burnout. My odd combination of being an ambitious control freak with a powerful lazy streak and a huge resistance to change means that I was pretty much designed to get myself into situations where I feel overwhelmed and drowned in stress with no idea what to do next. Luckily for me, my husband is the polar opposite. He has an incredible gift for finding solutions to difficult and complicated situations, and over the years I have learned a ton from him about how to navigate my way out of even the most hopeless cases... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 52)

— 1 — Whew! I’m feeling quite a bit better after my little bout with the flu. I credit my quick recovery to lots of rest and Emergen-C. I guess it could be the placebo effect, but I really feel like Emergen-C makes a significant different in my body’s ability to fight illnesses. Anyone else have any favorite cold- and flu-fighting tips? — 2 — I got better just in time, because I’m getting on a plane tonight after the kids go to bed. My husband and I are taking a quick trip out to El Paso to visit my dad.... Read More

Calling in sick

Well, I was mostly done with that new post I referred to on Sunday evening, but this afternoon the flu hit me out of the blue and I now have a fever that makes it hurt to even think. So I’m taking the rest of the week off from, well, everything. I will be back for 7 Quick Takes on Friday, but other than that I’ll be focusing on how many layers of sweaters I can fit on top of one another and repeatedly asking my husband if he doesn’t think it’s totally freezing in here. Hope everyone has a great week! P.S. Being bedridden... Read More

Order and the spiritual life

A Three-Minute Book Club post I’m working on a post for tomorrow that I’m really excited about on the topic of order. Since I don’t have it done yet, I thought I’d do a quick book post with an excerpt that I’ve been thinking about as I write it. It’s from 10 Prayers God Always Says Yes To by Anthony DeStefano, which I bought after reading this stunning recommendation from a mom who experienced unthinkable tragedy. The whole book is a great read, but I today I’ve been thinking a lot about this observation... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 51)

  — 1 — There comes a time in every blogger’s life when she sees something amiss in the world and must decide whether or not to use her blogging platform to call it out, even if what she has to say might be unsettling or just too much hard truth for some readers. I have been pondering such a dilemma a long time now, and have decided that it is time for me to raise my voice in a call to action. I have tried to avoid bringing up this subject. I really have. But something must be done, and it is time to speak out. You may want... Read More

Best of Yaya

By popular demand, I’ve put together a “Best of Quick Takes about Yaya” post collecting all the times I’ve referenced my mother-in-law in 7 Quick Takes. December 5, 2008 Matlock has become a verb in our family, specifically when used in the phrase “getting Matlocked.” When Yaya is in town, one of the activities that we can all agree on as fun and not offensive is to watch reruns of the 1980’s show Matlock, which we record on our DVR specifically for this purpose. What has happened more than once, however,... Read More

Of cat ownership and “little” sins

My post from Monday reminded me of a story that’s been in my “to write about” stack for more than a year, yet another lesson along the lines of “be very careful about not being loving at all times…” Longtime readers may remember that a couple years ago I had some serious angst about the neighborhood kids frequently ringing my doorbell and running. The problem was that they tended to do it during my kids’ naptimes, and the fact that they would beat the door a couple times and hit the doorbell about five times... Read More

Who fills you up?

A while back I was on the way to an event and suddenly became on fire with the idea of showing Christ to the people who would be there. I know that’s something I’m called to do all the time, but for some reason on this particular morning I experienced a moment of clarity where I realized just how beautiful and powerful it would be if every one of us who considered ourselves Christians went through our days just showering everyone around us with the love of God. My mind flashed to all the saints who changed the world around them with... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 50)

— 1 — Yesterday I met up with blogging friend Roxane Salonen, who is here in Texas all the way from North Dakota to attend the National Federation of Press Women where she’ll be receiving some well-earned awards. We talked about writing and family over catfish and onion rings, and she is actually as sweet as she seems on her blog. Some of the expressions she used brought back memories from when I lived in Bismarck, and I was reminded that the year my family and I spent there was what first ignited my lifelong fascination with... Read More

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