Redefining Balance

Redefining Balance

A few weeks ago was the Autumnal Equinox, and I happened to be at yoga that night when I had a DUH moment. On the Equinox, daylight and darkness are nearly equal. By God’s design, the Universe doesn’t achieve balance for a season or a year or a lifetime — just on that one day. Do you know what this means?! Balance isn’t a lifestyle. If God chooses to maintain balance for a mere 24 hours, why do WE work…

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This Is Not a Women’s Group

This Is Not a Women’s Group

Okay, it kind of is. I’ve been involved in the church my entire life — born and raised, plus my parents were both on staff of our very large mega church in the midwest — and as a result I feel a bit of fatigue when it comes to church programing like YOUTH GROUPS and WOMENS GROUPS. But at the same time, I see a need in my own life to know and be known by other women. And when…

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Keeping Up With the Tweenses

Keeping Up With the Tweenses

I’m trying to figure out how to write about the perils and joys of parenting a ‘tween girl without completely mortifying her. When my kids were little, blogging connected me with other moms I related to and made me feel less crazy, and it was therapeutic for processing stressful issues in my marriage. I miss that feeling of connectedness that comes with writing openly about my emotions — connectedness to myself, mainly. Which is weird. Writers are weird. For me,…

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The Promise of Shared Brokenness – Heather Kopp

The Promise of Shared Brokenness – Heather Kopp

A friend shared this post on Facebook awhile back, and it resonated with me: When folks gather around a system of shared beliefs, the price of acceptance in the group is usually agreement, which means the greatest value—stated or not—is being right. Unfortunately, this often creates an atmosphere of fear and performance, which in turn invites conformity. But when people gather around a shared need for healing, the price of acceptance in the group is usually vulnerability, which means the greatest…

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Friday Link Love: Be Vigilant

Friday Link Love: Be Vigilant

So often when I hear or read interviews like this about amazing people, I feel inspired for a moment, but then I feel discouraged because my life doesn’t come close to measuring up, and there’s little about their story that I can connect and apply to my own situation.

I felt differently about this interview.

Four Myths Regarding the Current Public Discussion of Mars Hill

Four Myths Regarding the Current Public Discussion of Mars Hill

This week my Facebook feed exploded with discussions about Mars Hill Church and its senior leadership, which quickly turned into a debate on several threads over the nature of such discussions happening on Facebook (or anywhere public, for that matter).

As I read through it all like a gawker who can’t look away from a highway pile-up, I noticed four myths about conflict in the church that I’d like to debunk.

Why It’s a Good Idea to Re-Write the Bible.

Why It’s a Good Idea to Re-Write the Bible.

By day, I write other people’s stories. I consult with startups, small businesses, and enterprise companies about what problem they’re solving in the world, and I help them tell a story that other people can see themselves in — because when people can see themselves in your story, they’re more invested in you. This is what Jesus sent his followers out in the world to do – to tell the story of how God rescues us, so that no matter…

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My Easy & Automated Monthly Meal Plan

My Easy & Automated Monthly Meal Plan

I once heard that Steve Jobs wore a black turtleneck every day so he didn’t spend any decision-making or creative energy choosing an outfit. I don’t know if that’s true, but it explains why I got tired of figuring out what to make for dinner every night. When I started working again four years ago, I needed a way to simplify meal planning and shorten dinner prep time, because figuring out what to make each night and what to buy…

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Do You Journal?

Do You Journal?

Last summer I tried to pick up journalling again. It’s something I’ve done since childhood, but after I started blogging in 2005, I put more of my thoughts here than in a private little book. Journalling allows me to be more raw; I can let the crazy out and not worry about lasting implications on the internet. But even in that freedom, I still feel stuck. Which brings me to you. Do you journal? With paper and pen or an…

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It Doesn’t Take a Brain Surgeon To Set Me Straight

It Doesn’t Take a Brain Surgeon To Set Me Straight

I found this post in my drafts folder from last Fall & decided it was ready to post. The other day I heard a RadioLab podcast about a guy who had brain surgery to relieve him of seizures. A portion his brain was removed that acts like a “lid” on top of the desire center in his brain. This lid helps people filter and control their deep desires and impulses, like a conscience, or impulse control. Without this “lid,” he…

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