Here it is! The song we created from YOUR responses about crazy days at church!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was blown away by all the responses to my request last week that you describe your worst church experience in 10 words or fewer. (And by “blown away” I mean “I stayed up until 1:30 AM Wednesday night laughing until I cried.) You can see the HILARIOUS comments people left on Facebook here. Musician… [Continue Reading]

Girl on Fire: How I learned that being a “good Christian” means being truly yourself

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Happy Epiphany! Happy New Year! I just got back from Nashville, where I was at the mind-blowing SEEK 2015 conference. There were 10,000 college students in attendance, and I had the honor of giving the women’s keynote. It’s the story of how I used to think that there was only one right way to… [Continue Reading]

The ecstatic joy of knowing you have a soul (and why I loved The Fault in Our Stars)

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A fun and surprisingly intense debate has broken out among my friends over the past few months, and it revolves around this question: The Fault in Our Stars: depressing or uplifting? One of my friends summarized her impression the book by saying, “It’s a sad story where everything is bad and then more bad… [Continue Reading]

The saint of the NICU

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Today is my youngest child’s first birthday! Those of you who were reading a year ago might recall that that wasn’t the best day. It was a rough pregnancy, involving bilateral pulmonary embolisms, hospitalization, and getting stabbed in the neck by doctors (UNNECESSARILY). The birth was not a ton of fun either — without… [Continue Reading]

What I’m learning about choice and gratitude from not skipping songs on my iPod

Blossoms on trees: the kind of thing I've begun to notice now that I'm not fixating on song choices when I'm running.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of my Lenten sacrifices is not skipping songs on my iPod. I can choose the playlist, but if a song does not fit my mood, I can’t skip it. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, part of my inspiration was this 2009 post from Betty Duffy. The excerpt that has stuck… [Continue Reading]

In defense of crying about Jesus

My Benedictine medal next to my pass for the IF Gathering.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Speaking of conferences, I spent all this weekend at the IF Gathering, and…wow. Of the hundreds of women in attendance, I’m pretty sure I was the only Catholic. I was there as a guest of my dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker, who seemed to be both excited and a little bit concerned about what I’d… [Continue Reading]

Are we all delusional? (and other questions about having a relationship with God)

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On Monday I met up with pastors John Burke and Eric Bryant of Gateway Church here in Austin to film a Q&A session for the Explore God campaign. Burke, Bryant, and the moderator Bridget Henderson have done an amazing job with this series, so it was an honor to be a part of it. The… [Continue Reading]

Shadow beliefs and giant centipedes

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the neighbor girls was here the other day. As soon as she walked in the door, I could tell that something was wrong. She sat anxiously on the edge of the couch for a while, half-heartedly playing with the kids, her mind elsewhere. Finally, she said what she had obviously been waiting… [Continue Reading]

On proving God

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s a huge movement that’s sweeping Austin right now called Explore God. If you live in central Texas, you know what I’m talking about. You pull out of your driveway and you see a sign in the yard across the street. You get on the highway and there’s a billboard. You drive past a… [Continue Reading]

Desert spirituality at two o’clock in the morning

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Look at pretty much any culture that existed before the use of electricity, and you’ll see that they had deep superstitions about night. Throughout the ages, it’s been a nearly universal human belief that evil forces gained potency after the sun went down. Age-old evening prayers reflect fears of death: Now I lay me… [Continue Reading]