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See yourself as a miracle

See yourself as a miracle

When I was 8 or 9, my newborn sister went into the hospital. I don’t remember the details. I don’t remember ever...

A 3-Step Plan Worth Following

A 3-Step Plan Worth Following

I lived a very long season of my life (decades, really) in which I was endlessly on the hunt to find a plan that would...

Remember Who You Are

Remember Who You Are

I talk about sovereignty all the time. It’s a program I offer. But more than all else, it’s a reality, a truth, that I...

No imagination required…

No imagination required…

There’s a story I love to tell of a mostly unknown woman named Jael. She singlehandedly won a huge battle for a whole...

The struggle that IS worthwhile

The struggle that IS worthwhile

I love Leo Tolstoy’s opening line in Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in...

Write Toward Vulnerability

Write Toward Vulnerability

If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you...

Belief: Then & Now

Belief: Then & Now

There was a time in which any question about what I believed merited a simple, obvious, and expected answer. After...

Sit still. Be quiet. Feel.

Sit still. Be quiet. Feel.

Now that both of my girls live miles, states, and flights away from me, I find myself transitioning into what it means...

Refrigerator-Magnet Wisdom

Refrigerator-Magnet Wisdom

Last month I was in a bookstore in Lexington, KY with both of my daughters. We wandered in three different directions,...

Go Deeper Still

Go Deeper Still

Go deeper still... You already know this: there is profound wisdom, strength, beauty, and grace that lies in wait –...

My grown-up Christmas list:

My grown-up Christmas list:

One of my favorite Christmas carols by Amy Grant, offers these lyrics: “No more lives torn apart, That wars would...

She was a voice

She was a voice

I ordered and read The Book of Longings last week. Written by Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and...

Militancy + Hope + Desire

Militancy + Hope + Desire

(A Sunday Sermon, of sorts - even though it's not a Sunday...) To refuse to participate in the shaping of our future...

The shadows are not our home

The shadows are not our home

We wake up each morning and watch the world around us burn. We see corruption, scandal, and the decimation of...

The you you know best

The you you know best

Who would you be if you didn’t hold back? If all your power, compassion, love, and strength roared into any room, any...

Redefining Ordinary

Redefining Ordinary

The desire, temptation, and lure to live an extraordinary life is strong; to figure out our “one thing;” to do,...

As 2019 begins…

As 2019 begins…

To hope is to gamble. It’s to bet on your futures, on your desires, on the possibility that an open heart and...

The Women at the Tomb

The Women at the Tomb

All we have are the stories, based on the unreasonable experience of people we never knew–and the choice of whether to...

A story about (in)visibility

A story about (in)visibility

Women: you are not unseen, unheard, or invisible! Ever! Do you ever feel as though you (and other women) are unseen,...

3 Verses and a Refrain

3 Verses and a Refrain

Verse #1: There is good news. Nothing about you is broken. Nothing about you is wrong. Nothing about you needs fixing...

4 Takeaways that Matter

4 Takeaways that Matter

I spend countless hours in the midst of the ancient, sacred stories of women - wanting and wondering how to tell them,...

What I need you to remember:

What I need you to remember:

We are desperate to see ourselves in powerful and empowering ways. It’s no wonder: we have too-often and for too long...

Do the Next Thing

Do the Next Thing

I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear the stories of amazing women (which is ALL the time), I have the...

I’m right about this…

I’m right about this…

Chances are pretty high that if your desire is strong enough, acute enough, and impossible to dissuade, others will...

No Fairy Godmother

No Fairy Godmother

There’s a story I love to tell of a mostly unknown woman who singlehandedly won a huge battle for an entire tribe of...

Before Mother’s Day

Before Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, it feels appropriate to name and honor our larger, longer mother-line: the...

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

I’ve been thinking a lot, even more than I normally do, about my daughters. About the trials and tribulations that, by...

Before Valentine’s Day

Before Valentine’s Day

I have an ambivalent relationship with Valentine’s Day. When young(er), I wished and prayed that I would have a...

Magical Thinking

Magical Thinking

Many of us wait around or secretly hope that something magical will happen. If I’m lucky enough, patient enough, good...

My Empty Nest

My Empty Nest

I can hardly believe the title of this post, the truth and heft of just three small words, the fact that they actually...

My Heart (Monitor)

My Heart (Monitor)

I am hooked up to a heart monitor right now. It’s mobile – just four electrodes connected to various and particular...

God on a Woman’s Terms

God on a Woman’s Terms

For most of us, the word "sacred" conjures some thought of God. Perhaps you associate this with a positive set of...

The Scaffolding Around My Heart

The Scaffolding Around My Heart

Today is Abby’s last day of high school. I just finished packing her last school lunch – ever; my last school lunch –...

Why do you write?

Why do you write?

"Why do you write?" was a question recently asked of me.  Here’s my answer: I write because it is the space in which I...

Nevertheless, we persist!

Nevertheless, we persist!

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren began to read a letter Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 that...

For now. Not forever.

For now. Not forever.

I have felt more like a passive observer, than riled-up revolutionary since Donald Trump became president. Yes, I...

Goodbye, Twitter

Goodbye, Twitter

I cancelled and closed my Twitter account last week.  I’m almost hesitant to mention it; it was so undramatic But...

January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017

What dreams lie dormant hidden in the womb of your soul, quietly waiting, incubating seeking opportunity to come...

Yes, yesterday. Now what?

Yes, yesterday. Now what?

Yesterday, November 9, 2016, I did all the things I always do: I made coffee. I journaled. I gave my daughter a hug...

November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016

I woke up this morning to news I did not expect and cannot believe: Donald Trump has won the presidential election....

My Three-Graces Season

My Three-Graces Season

I went in search of Renaissance art today, remembering that there was a particular period in which women’s bodies were...

A story for Mother’s Day

A story for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day used to be the hardest day of the year for me – when lost in the throes of infertility. That is no longer...

Is beauty worth $8 + tax?

Is beauty worth $8 + tax?

As I sat down to journal this morning, I spotted the fresh tulips I bought just four days ago. They are already...

On Miracles

On Miracles

I made a video a few days back in which I talked of Tabitha. Little known. Rarely told. Hugely significant. (This...

Remember who you are (x3)

Remember who you are (x3)

We are desperate to see ourselves in powerful and empowering ways. It’s no wonder: we have too-often and for too long...

Letting Go. Holding On.

Letting Go. Holding On.

Living through years of infertility taught me an invaluable lesson. And truth-be-told, I continue to learn it just as,...

Tipping the Scales (finally!)

Tipping the Scales (finally!)

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads...

About rain and tears and grief

About rain and tears and grief

My desk sits in front of two windows that look out on stark trees. For now, there are no leaves in sight. And the rain...

Chances are…

Chances are…

Chances are pretty high that if your desire is strong enough, acute enough, and impossible to dissuade, others will...

Some Advent Reflections (4)

Some Advent Reflections (4)

The Polar Express, Ahaz, Joseph, and me... Sunday, December 23 – Scripture Readings:Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19; 24; Isaiah...

Some Advent Reflections (3)

Some Advent Reflections (3)

Tidings of Comfort and Joy Sunday, December 16 – Scripture Readings:Psalm 63, 98; Amos 9:11-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,...

Some Advent Reflections (2)

Some Advent Reflections (2)

Sunday, December 9 – Scripture Readings:Psalm 114, 115; Amos 6:1-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12; Luke 1:57-68 I’m struck...

Some Advent Reflections (1)

Some Advent Reflections (1)

In the spirit of Advent – the beginning of the church year – I decided to begin something (again): I went to church....

Happy 47th Birthday to Me!

Happy 47th Birthday to Me!

After writing posts for both of my daughters on their birthdays, I thought it only fitting that I do the same for...

Cruising – literally…

Cruising – literally…

Is there a place that one can go to get away from all thought of stolen cars or even the graciousness of given ones? I...

About Unexpected Generosity

About Unexpected Generosity

Still no news on my stolen car. Frustrating, yes, but that emotion has been offset by the stunning and unexpected...

My Car’s Been Stolen

My Car’s Been Stolen

I know, deep down, that much if not all of life is out of my control. I also know of my proclivity to ignore that...

About Buses and Gratitude

About Buses and Gratitude

A new season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has begun. The girls and I watched it faithfully last year and stepped...

Remembering Madeleine L’Engle

Remembering Madeleine L’Engle

Just last week an amazing woman died. Madeleine L’Engle, the author of the well-loved A Wrinkle in Time and over 60...

White-Knuckling Clarity

White-Knuckling Clarity

I got an email from a woman today. In an attempt to describe her life these days, she said, “I am white-knuckling...

What Blinds Us?

What Blinds Us?

Sometimes we have it in our heads that we are limited, that there are certain things we just can’t (or wouldn’t) do,...

Playing Poker with God

Playing Poker with God

So often we frantically seek for an explanation to our suffering, to the things in our own life and in the world that...

About Worrying

About Worrying

I made myself get up, showered, dressed, and ready before accessing email (as opposed to my normal pattern of checking...

Rescued (about a cat, mostly)

Rescued (about a cat, mostly)

What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to...

Women: Choose the Unfamiliar

Women: Choose the Unfamiliar

I am here again, in a familiar place feeling something I’ve felt before, wondering why it’s still here, why I didn’t...

My Proclivity for Lists

My Proclivity for Lists

I’m a list-maker, I admit it. I not only make them, I complete them. I can have multiple lists running at the same...

Happy 50th Anniversary!

Happy 50th Anniversary!

This past weekend my siblings, our families, and nearly 100 others celebrated the 50th anniversary of my parent’s...

This Father’s Day

This Father’s Day

I find myself in a sort of a gray place today. Granted, it’s the Seattle area and the skies are often as they look...

Choosing the Storm

Choosing the Storm

I’ve been thinking a lot about how strong my proclivity is for calm; for a life that is tame, sedate, and...

Choose Life

Choose Life

I spent a couple of lovely hours with a young woman this morning who asked me what I thought about spiritual...

I Am This Woman

I Am This Woman

I wrote what follows for the women’s event, Conversations (mentioned in my last post). As the days have progressed...

Prophet as Female

Prophet as Female

While I was still a student at The Seattle School, I remember hearing one of my professors lecture on the categories...

Piano Recitals

Piano Recitals

Yesterday my 9-year-old daughter, Emma, gave her first piano recital. She was joined by 5 other young pianists –...

My Out Loud Voice

My Out Loud Voice

I was talking with a friend this morning about how common it is for women to lose their voices – not...