Dismantling Cynicism for Lent

Growing up, I had a complicated relationship with worship at church. I was raised in a setting where hands were held high in praise, where we swayed with our eyes closed, and where outwardly expressions of worship were a direct indication of your personal relationship with God. My naturally critical spirit turned toward an unhealthy … Continue reading Dismantling Cynicism for Lent

Practicing a Gentle Lent with The Word Made Art

Lent starts in just two weeks and I’ve been thinking about its observation. In the past, I’ve mailed cards, prayed for politicians, and given up wine in order to fund microloans. This year, as I thought of something to do, the word gentle kept coming to mind. Our season has been pretty intense. There are a … Continue reading Practicing a Gentle Lent with The Word Made Art

Why Bother With Lent?

On Wednesday, we leave the Epiphany and Ordinary Time in the church calendar and move into Lent, that period that prepares us for Easter. Lent is a 40 day practice (excluding Sundays) that encourages fasting, preparation, and mindfulness as Christians consider the celebration and importance of Easter. I’ve come to look forward to this time … Continue reading Why Bother With Lent?

Responding to Lent

I’m in the middle of Madeleine L’Engle’s The Irrational Season and am in the midst of her chapter on Lent. It is this season when Christians stop, slow down and reflect on the why of Jesus’ sacrifice. L’eagle comments that it is also, appropriately, in the midst of the dreariness of winter, when we are anticipating … Continue reading Responding to Lent

Five Ideas for Lent

Lent begins next week, on February 18. I wrote last year that, growing up in an evangelical family, Lent was not part of my childhood experience. After attending an Anglican church in college and marrying a Catholic, the idea of Lent became more intriguing. I believe the idea of Lent – of intentionally waiting and … Continue reading Five Ideas for Lent

Walking Seven Miles

I wrote this piece for SheLoves Magazine in May and completely forgot to share it here. I think that’s pretty indicative of the state of our lives right now… Even though the words were written during the Easter season, I still think about walking those seven miles away from Jerusalem. We’re still grieving small and … Continue reading Walking Seven Miles

The World is Good

The days are running into each other. I’m not reminded of Groundhog Day, at least not yet, but my general motivation waxes and wanes by the moment. Some days seem doable and I’m ready to do all the things. Other days, I wonder why it really matters whether or not I get up with my … Continue reading The World is Good

Loving My Neighbor Through School Choice

Over the summer we were at a family gathering halfway across the country. It was a lot of catching up and conversation about education came up. A cousin asked if ours was a good school and I hesitated. Yes, our school is an incredible school! We love it and our teachers. My daughter is thriving … Continue reading Loving My Neighbor Through School Choice