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Come with Me to the Water

Come with Me to the Water

Come with me to the water, friends. Come with me. This simple statement has echoed in my mind this past week. Over and over, this rhythm of words has hummed through my soul, and this idea of water and washing has pulled me deeper into the Word and placed you on my heart. Water heals and cleanses and purifies, yes? It washes away the dirt and grime, removing the ugly and the nasty and the dirt.  &# ...[Read More]

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

I live in a pretty incredible place. Who am I kidding? Alaska is STUNNING. No day is identical, and every day has the potential to be an adventure. The wildlife is crazy impressive. (Round of applause for no snakes or roaches!) Our summer sun never sets, and we’ve got mountains and glaciers and islands and rivers and ocean and volcanoes. And did I mention our lovely June and July temps? Who doesn’ ...[Read More]

You’re Wrong, Dr. Seuss

You’re Wrong, Dr. Seuss

Dear Dr. Seuss and my friends in Cyberspace, My cousin gave me your book Oh! The Places You’ll Go! when I graduated from Lafayette High School in 1994. (Yes. I’m old. But forty is fun, ladies.) I loved it. I read it to my classroom kids when I graduated college and became a teacher. I’ve read it countless times over the years to my children. In the past, I’ve even shared it with university s ...[Read More]

What Does a Stunted Spruce Have to Do with the Gospel?

What Does a Stunted Spruce Have to Do with the Gospel?

The last time you and I talked, it was all about building margin and practicing quiet. How’s that going for you? Did your choices over this spring break lend itself to making room for rest and relationships? I hope it did. So let’s switch gears this week and briefly chat about TREES. Yep. Trees. These guys are phenomenal storytellers. (Stay with me, ladies. I promise I’m not a tr ...[Read More]

This Is Mia’s Story – What Is Yours?

This Is Mia’s Story – What Is Yours?

Let me ask you a question: Are you among the 12.3% of women in the U.S. who were sexually abused at the age of 10 or younger? This is Mia’s story: “At the age of seven I became a victim of evil in a human’s heart. My mom hired a new housekeeper. She was so sweet, funny, and playful with my siblings and I. One day my mom left us at home alone with her as she went to run the usual ...[Read More]

What Controls You?

What Controls You?

It was fun trying new things and feeling rebellious and so much closer to adulthood. We poured drinks and sat across from one another, none of us wanting to admit that we’d never done this before. It was about 5 years later after vomiting and blacking out in my 8am College Algebra class that my mentor asked me if I needed her to help me get into rehab. I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM! I’m not drinki ...[Read More]

Flowers or Thorns

Flowers or Thorns

Life is so beautiful, full of colors and shapes for a little girl who loves to draw flowers. Grass is greener and the blue sky is filled with funny shaped clouds, each one telling a different cute story. Isn’t that how little girls perceive their world? Why should that change? It’s so much fun! Some girls, though, can’t see all the beautiful colors of a rainbow in the sky or the ...[Read More]

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