Christian Porn

It seemed so innocent. The cover depicted a woman wearing a high collared dress. A genteel man in the background. A beautiful title. The stamp of a Christian publishing house. They were everywhere: the church library, the bathroom, garage sales. Gifted and purchased and consumed. Page after page proclaimed the power of true love and … Continue reading

when it’s not that profound…and it is.

We made it to church this morning! {and by “made it to church” I mean that my three wildling boys and I physically entered our local church sanctuary to pray and listen and read and learn with others who participate in Christ} It was restless and lovely and distracting and thought-provoking. Kind of like The … Continue reading

sow beauty, leave beauty

{I had many more photos and lniks back through the past many years, but they didn’t all work and it’s oh so late. So here is a post which took too long but hopefully holds something of value.} I was sweaty, dirt-caked, and aching. For the passerby, the front yard still looked neglected: overgrown, dandelion’d, … Continue reading

and behold, duty was joy

Recently, many peers have shared this quote: I slept and dreamt that life was Joy I woke and saw that life was Duty. I acted, and behold, Duty was Joy.  – Rabindranath Tagore I found it both beautiful and annoying. I liked the sound of it but saw that conclusion seemed to indicate work. While … Continue reading

pray always?

I have much to learn about prayer. Really, for a Bible school graduate, it’s somewhat embarrassing that I’m not yet a groomed-and-tuned professional in the area. I mean, it’s just “talking to God”, right? Or wait, isn’t it a private and focused meditative experience? Or…no…it’s warfare! Corporate and pulsing and full of sweat and blood. There’s more … Continue reading

“Get messy!”

Awhile back, someone recommended the “Magic School Bus” as a great children’s resource. We tracked it down and it soon become a regular feature in our book basket and on the screen. The main character, Ms. Frizzle, has a motto: “Take chances! Make mistakes! And geeeettttt MESSY!!!!” Confession: I don’t like getting messy. Chances are … Continue reading

“Unless the Lord builds a house…:

{who am  I kidding…this might be the Monday Post. Life is weird and full and busy. And  find it difficult to hold onto something once it’s on the screen.} — I’ve been thinking lately… If I had just met this man, how would I conduct myself? And…or…. If we had one last year…or month…or week … Continue reading

Many pieces create a Whole picture

{I wrote this post in an entirely different voice a few days ago. I shared my ‘list’ of reasons and rationale. I gave credit to some beautiful women in my life. I was much more…literal. But now and then my Writing Voice shows Herself. And I love her. So I went for that voice instead. … Continue reading


Sweep the floor, read a story, mop the floor, wipe a nose. Choose the wine, kiss a cheek, knead the dough, and on it goes…. It’s Passover. Seder night. Maundy Thursday. All kinds of terms and titles and descriptions, but really, one reason: The Lamb. As I sweep and cook and wipe and prepare, my … Continue reading

learning to breathe

A dear friend shared this recently. It struck me on so many levels, that I just can’t help but use this Monday to share it. I built my house by the sea. Not on the sands, mind you; not on the shifting sand. And I built it of rock. A strong house by a strong … Continue reading

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