But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:24

The Art of Repairing Broken Things

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imageWe were married less than three months when I broke his favorite mug. It was bound to happen. My favorite mug had broken on the move to Denver from Dallas, which was why, I suppose, it was his I carried that day. Coffee from the morning pooled in the bottom, my hands full of books and papers...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 07:59

Guiding Principles for Making a Home

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They say to be a good blogger, one must have a focus, a platform, a drum to beat. But I have always supposed to be a good writer, one must know one’s audience. And if you must know, I write for you and as long as you keep reading while I write about Springs and Winters and marriage and...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 08:00

Dead Things Sometimes Lie

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A few days ago I passed the lemon verbena bush in our garden, its leaves crinkled and brown, folded over on themselves and, for all appearances, dead. I picked one leaf and crushed it in my fingers, the strong scent of citrus released, fresh as though I’d picked a lemon in season from the...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 05:21

Our Divided States

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Endeavoring to be slow to speak means some might say I am too late to speak, but as I emerge from the mosh pits of celebration and solidarity that the District of Columbia has been the past week, all I can think is: Lord, make me slow to speak, even, sometimes, slow to hear. Close my ears...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 06:17

How to Forgive a Year

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Everyone, it seems, had a hard 2016 and it reminds me of the first months of 2015, how I stood in a small circle talking with my close friend and the man who would be my husband (although I didn’t know then). My friend and I had said good riddance to 2014 and had our arms flung wide...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 07:59

Blessed are the Homesick

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It is midwinter, or nearly so, and we got a small dusting of snow last week as if God was saying, “It is winter and I’ll prove it to you.” The windows have been open the last two days though and the air has that damp, mossy scent of midwinter or, in the colder climate of my home,...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 07:02

A Different Kind of Dominance in Marriage

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Have you ever injured your dominant hand? Maybe as simple as a paper cut, maybe a broken arm or stitches or a sprain. I’ve done it a time or two and had to use my other arm which feels like some sort of cruel joke. I wonder sometimes why God gave us dominant hands. Wouldn’t it...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 05:47

Stuck, Settled, and Still Uprooted

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Debate the legitimacy of picking one word for your year at its beginning or end, it’s okay. Words are beautiful and vast and also complicated and what you think you might be asking for at the start may turn out to be something altogether at the end. God is sovereign enough to create many...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 09:03

When Hopes and Fears Clash

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I hope your Christmas holiday brought many reminders that our hopes and fears are met in Him. This is an easy season to polarize, isn’t it? Either all we feel is fear or all we feel is hope. Yet, when we let ourselves be still for a moment, those hopes and fears crash into one another...

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 07:59

Leaving and Loving Your Church

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This is a great post in itself, and something Nate and I have been talking a lot about recently. One of the things I loved about it, though, is there is a sentence in it that I recognized immediately. I knew it from memory, and sure enough, it was linked back to the covenant membership...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 07:33

When We are Fallow and Infertile

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‘Tis the season for all the top ten lists. I thought of doing one but decided against, for various reasons. Writing, for me, has taken a different turn in this season and I’ve had to mourn the loss with tears, stalwart determination, and sometimes crippled fingers and thoughts. Last...

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 09:40

God, Make Us Good Question Askers

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I was reminded last week of some commitments I made last December to write about marriage more this year (after being fearful of writing about it in 2015). I’m glad to reflect and see that God released some of that fear in me. He grows us incrementally, doesn’t He? Without us even...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 07:30

When Everything Sad Still Feels True

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Nate and I drove to Behold the Lamb this past weekend, dressed in wool sweaters and leather boots and knit hats. We drank vanilla egg-nog lattes at the coffee shop and sometimes his eyes make me catch my breath. They have gotten sadder this year and have more crinkles around the corners. When I...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:19

The Archaic Art of Writing Letters

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A year ago, we armed ourselves with spare change, loose dollar bills, and whatever other monies we could muster up from around our house, and spent an hour or two in the card aisle at Target. And then again this Spring I did the same at the National Gallery of Art’s gift shop. Our aim:...

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A few months ago a friend who had moved recently and was living in yet another temporary place, with not so beautiful views, posted an image on social media. As I scrolled through, it caught my eye and reminded me of another image, one I love and have looked at often. It was painted by...

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Friday, 09 December 2016 06:47

Strangers, Growers, and Foragers

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Writing a note to a stranger, even a stranger you feel like you know, can feel scary sometimes. Will I matter? Will they care? Will they even read it? Will they respond? Will they think I’m silly? or a stalker? Those are the questions that have gone through my head on more than one occasion....

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 06:38

Here I Raise my Ebenezer: How this Discipline Buoyed my 2016

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The gift of hindsight is a blessed one in the life of faith. A friend told me once that faith isn’t faith if you can see where you’re going, so the presence of Ebenezers in our lives is a proof God knew we’d need them. “Oh, look!” we can say, pointing at the thing God...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 04:38

When am I the Older Woman?

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My birthday is this week. I will be 36 years old. When my mother was 36 she had five children. Most of my 36 year old peers have more than one child, some of them have children nearly out of their teens. I feel old and whether I like it or not, I am getting old. I notice it in a myriad of ways and...

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Friday, 02 December 2016 06:26

Thoughts, thinks, and links

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Sometimes I still think of this little piece of the web is as quiet and all mine as it was sixteen years ago. Back then I knew exactly who my reader was because she was the only one. I have found one of the best disciplines for me in writing to be that of knowing my audience—and these...

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