Wisdom from a misread church sign

The other day I was driving around and saw a church sign that said: DON’T MAKE YOUR MISTAKES YOUR VALUES I thought it was a powerful message, one that could have saved me a fair amount of time in my conversion if I’d heard it early on. When I was first open to the possibility… [Continue Reading]

The ultimate burnout survival guide

I have a lot of experience with burnout. My odd combination of being an ambitious control freak with a powerful lazy streak and a huge resistance to change means that I was pretty much designed to get myself into situations where I feel overwhelmed and drowned in stress with no idea what to do next…. [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 52)

— 1 — Whew! I’m feeling quite a bit better after my little bout with the flu. I credit my quick recovery to lots of rest and Emergen-C. I guess it could be the placebo effect, but I really feel like Emergen-C makes a significant different in my body’s ability to fight illnesses. Anyone else… [Continue Reading]

Calling in sick

Well, I was mostly done with that new post I referred to on Sunday evening, but this afternoon the flu hit me out of the blue and I now have a fever that makes it hurt to even think. So I’m taking the rest of the week off from, well, everything. I will be back… [Continue Reading]

Order and the spiritual life

A Three-Minute Bo Club post I’m working on a post for tomorrow that I’m really excited about on the topic of order. Since I don’t have it done yet, I thought I’d do a quick bo post with an excerpt that I’ve been thinking about as I write it. It’s from 10 Prayers God Always… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 51)

  — 1 — There comes a time in every ’s life when she sees something amiss in the world and must decide whether or not to use her blogging platform to call it out, even if what she has to say might be unsettling or just too much hard truth for some readers. I… [Continue Reading]

Best of Yaya

By popular demand, I’ve put together a “Best of Quick Takes about Yaya” post collecting all the times I’ve referenced my mother-in-law in 7 Quick Takes. December 5, 2008 Matlock has become a verb in our family, specifically when used in the phrase “getting Matlocked.” When Yaya is in town, one of the activities that… [Continue Reading]

Of cat ownership and “little” sins

My post from Monday reminded me of a story that’s been in my “to write about” stack for than a year, yet another lesson along the s of “be very careful about not being loving at all times…” Longtime readers may remember that a couple years ago I had some serious angst about the… [Continue Reading]

Who fills you up?

A while back I was on the way to an event and suddenly became on fire with the idea of showing Christ to the people who would be there. I know that’s something I’m called to do all the time, but for some reason on this particular morning I experienced a moment of clarity where… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 50)

— 1 — Yesterday I met up with blogging friend Roxane Salonen, who is here in Texas all the way from North Dakota to attend the National Federation of Press Women where she’ll be receiving some well-earned awards. We talked about writing and family over catfish and onion rings, and she is actually as sweet… [Continue Reading]