LIVE OUT grace

LIVE OUT grace

In a conversation with a friend, we were discussing how to handle frustrating groups of people. You know the kind: People who can’t see past their own noses, who say ‘how are you’ but don’t wait for the answer, and who might be physically present but not emotionally. These soul-suckers and emotional drainers drag us down with their see-through-you-but-don’t-see-you gaze. Our conversation went something like this: Me: We need to hit them over the heads with bricks and then hip-wiggle...
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welcome sadness

welcome sadness

Sadness is an uncomfortable guest. When you see sadness coming, reach out to her, hands cradling her chin and kiss her hair. She needs to be invited in, welcomed and given space at your table and your bookshelf. To ignore sadness is like ignoring a broken bone that needs attention, to be realigned and bandaged, and bone healing takes time and it hurts. welcome sadness. I remember this one day where I woke up sad. Ridiculously and mopey sad. Blue bled...
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Why Small Talk Is Important

Why Small Talk Is Important

I’m not good at small talk. In fact, I think small talk is a huge hassle and a waste of time. And this reasoning solidifies that I’ve never been particularly good at small talk. I want to get to the nitty gritty. I want to know what makes you tick. Good or bad! I want to know why you think breaking up with God is a good idea. And this is my struggle with human interaction. This is my struggle when...
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Margin: Where I Ponder What It Is To Leave The Busy For A Moment

Brick wall with mortar and a structured hole

Margin, the white space around the text in a book, is the forgotten bit. We see it, but we don’t.   The people who don’t make the actual text of the history books or are the poorest of the poor are called “the marginalized.” They’re the ones that history forgets. And yet, the margin frames the text.   The margin is the structure for the activity. Maybe it’s deserves more credit.   Margin or the Negative Space I used to work...
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Bold Lipstick Like a Super Star

I Love Bold Lipstick

It’s not hard to wear a bold lipstick. I think it’s one of these things that we overthink or over-complicate. The key is to straighten those shoulders and slap that bold color on your lips. Walk tall, chicadee.   How To Wear A Bold Lipstick I’m on a lipstick kick. Seriously, I want to wear it everyday right now. Maybe it’s the shift to cooler weather or maybe I’m just feeling more vibrant. Or maybe it was my first successful trip...
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20-Something and Grieving Process

20-something and grieving

To be 20-something and grieving is hard.   20-Something and Grieving Some don’t experience grief, sadness, or loss until later in life while others face this emptying too early. Sorrow is the part of life that doesn’t usually show up on Instagram or Facebook. After all, those platforms are for contrived and perfect photos. Good vibes only. And if someone does post their difficulties, there will always be at least one comment (and a hundred others thinking), “Is Facebook (or other...
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July 2016 Inspiration

Happy 4th of July, Americans! When you think of Independence, what does that mean to you? Does it mean freedom from the rule of a country far away? Does it mean your driver’s license? Does it mean you can do things without the help of others? I wonder sometimes if independence is really an imagined existence. Are we not all dependent on one another? Can anyone be truly independent (and do we want to be)? Current Jam: This song is...
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Confessions of a Mean Girl

I’m a mean girl. Have you watched Lindsey Lohan in Mean Girls? I was homeschooled so I always kind of thought that I was just the victim around here. Imagine my shock when I found myself wearing a t-shirt proclaiming, “We wear pink on Wednesdays.” Okay, okay. That didn’t happen. See, here’s my hope. I hope that I’m living a good life. A life that points to Jesus and reflects him to the best angle possible (we all know that...
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6 Steps to Live Your Dream

I’ve developed 6 Steps to Live Your Dream because a friend and I were recently discussing how fear can choke out your hopes. Dreams only become reality when you mix in a bit of practicality. And there is always fear. Dreams only become reality when you mix in a bit of practicality. Click To Tweet Is there something you want to do but you’re too afraid? Your list of worries and what could happen is just getting longer? The “what...
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Abide With Me: A Pause for Grief

As some of you may have noticed, I tend to post on Mondays and Thursdays around noon. Well, today, I’m spending time considering eternity and death. I just don’t want to write. Just think. Remember. Pray. There are a few wonderful people who have left this life too early. And some who have left just on time. But, they are still so missed by the loved ones left here. If you are grieving a loss today (whether a new one...
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