On Hope and Horses

On Hope and Horses

Last month my husband and I celebrated our twenty-second anniversary by going on a movie date for the first time in more than a year. I was a little anxious about this plan, but as we sat in a large theater with six other moviegoers all spread out, I eventually...
When Making Do Doesn’t Make Sense

When Making Do Doesn’t Make Sense

In the thirteen years we lived in our first home, we dumped thousands of dollars and even more sweat and tears and prayers into it. A small, poorly constructed house, it was less a HGTV-type fixer-upper and more a money pit that had a real hard time passing inspection...
What We Need Most This Holiday Season

What We Need Most This Holiday Season

I stood shivering in my church’s parking lot, chatting with a couple friends (six feet apart). I was there to pick up my daughter after her small group, and they were there to clean out the children’s ministry bins that had been sitting unused for eight months. We...
When God Calls You to an Unexpected Ministry

When God Calls You to an Unexpected Ministry

At the end of my freshman year of college, I applied for a leadership position in the campus ministry I’d been a part of all year. I wasn’t sure what area would be the best fit, but I figured I could probably lead a small group or be part of the event-planning...
The Way to Stop Spiraling into a Storm of Emotion

The Way to Stop Spiraling into a Storm of Emotion

When I saw Hamilton on stage two years ago, I was surprised by how much of the production surprised me. After all, I’d listened to the soundtrack dozens of times—not to mention the deep dive podcast episodes and think pieces I’d taken in over the preceding...

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