Faith

We Don’t Do Perfect Here

Dear Daughter, As a female on this planet, somewhere along the way you're probably going to get the idea that perfection is the goal. And that not only are you expected to be perfect, you must make it appear effortless. So you're going to think that if you just work hard enough you can make everything okay. If you're meek enough, gentle enough, resourceful enough, strong enough, whatever enough, you can…
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We Can’t Nourish Our Way Out of Brokenness

© 2010 ConstructionDealMkting, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio I haven't intentionally had a bite of gluten in 9 years. Gluten makes me sick. So I avoid it religiously. But in all of my searching for gluten free recipes and as I read up on where gluten likes to hide, I stumbled across a litany of other dangers: sugar, non-gluten grains, dairy, etc. I found myself staring at (often conflicting) information about raw milk,…
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As We Resolve

© 2009 Koshy Koshy, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio As we resolve: Let us remember we are more than the sum of our weight. Or our bank statements. That clean houses, kiddos who sleep through the night, carbs, and report cards don't define us. That kindness beats out productivity every time. Let us remember there are no easy answers. And progress takes time. That simply trying a little harder…
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When You Think it’s About Trying Just a Little Harder

You know those days? When the dirty laundry is scattered all around the floor. And someone knocked the clean laundry off the couch so who knows what is what anymore? And the youngest doesn't have clean underwear. And the oldest can't find her favorite shirt. Or any shirt for that matter. The dishes are piled up, there are no clean sippy cups, and you roll over in bed, determined to…
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Even So Come Quickly

© 2010 Barbara Müller-Walter, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio This world aches and groans. Disease. Brokenness. Inequality. Racism. Injustice. Poverty. Flat-out meanness. I could just cry over the meanness. In my own heart and in others. We ache and we yearn for something better. And that is why we practice Advent. We spend Advent remembering the long wait for Hope incarnate. And we look forward to the coming Hope.…
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Life is a Gift, Not an Emergency

Life is a gift, not an emergency. Therefore, I can savor these two cookies instead of inhaling ten. I don't need to panic about a temper tantrum - even when it happens in front of all the extended family at Christmas. Timeliness need not be a sacred cow. Life is a gift, not an emergency. So while long baths and deep conversations and lingering walks may not be practical, they…
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Dear Kids, We’re in this Together

Let me just say, sometimes I'm not kind to my kids. Sometimes I'm downright mean. And I may or may not have asked my daughter why she thinks she can talk to me like that while talking to her exactly like that. And then there are the times I get angry at my kids for being angry. And the times I wonder why they're ignoring me when I just spent…
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