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

Sayable - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:34

Plagiarize This

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I was called into the Dean’s office the first week after matriculating into the English program at my university. She was gentle and fierce at the same time. I admired her immediately and was terrified I was about to be ousted for some terrible mistake. “We have an immediate need for an...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 00:37

Broken Theology Breaks People

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One of the more crippling beliefs I heard growing up, from my earliest teens well through my 20s, and did not have the Biblical undergirding or emotional capacity (because of my dysfunctional paradigm and family dynamics) to refute, was the idea that a woman was under her father's "authority" until...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 05:49

Unchangeableness

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Since Harper was a puppy she's made her circle of curiosity larger and larger, exploring only in the same room as me, then to the next room over, then to the yard, then through the fence to the neighbor's yard, but she always comes back to me. Intermittently throughout her curiosities, her constant...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 01:03

Faith Without Sight is the Only Kind There Is

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The Internets are a flutter with deconstruction and rumors of deconstruction these days. It’s big news when a fellow believer falls away, I guess. Bigger, it seems, if he made his living trying his best to navigate premature fame, an inherited church scandal, and the conference circuit....

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My process of creating a Link Love post is to generally keep sixty-five tabs open on my browser of things I want to read or have read and wanted to share, and when I finally get so tired of them all being open, to finally compose a post. Today is that day.

I have had this one from Michelle DeRusha o...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 22:53

On Watching a Caterpillar and Leaving Our Home

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A week ago, perhaps more, maybe less, I spent an hour watching a caterpillar make its way from the dill plant he and his friends have been consuming all the way around our pool to the garden on the other side. He took the long way and the journey was arduous, full of terra-cotta pots and a privacy...

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Who’s tired of bad news? Me too. Here’s a little gathering of beauty from around the Internets I’ve rounded up for you. They’re mostly about our bodies and minds and human limitations, which are things I think about a lot these days. I hope you enjoy.

This piece of sublime...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 01:46

The Common Grace of the Enneagram in My Life

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“Identity is never simply a creation. It is always a discovery. True identity is always a gift of God.”

David Benner, The Gift of Being Yourself

About seven years ago, when I was still working as a graphic designer, another blogger asked me to work on a site she was building for her new...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 01:12

This Woman's Work

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I really didn’t think anything could bludgeon my particular affection for this little space on the web but it turns out writing a book could. If I’m honest, I was afraid of that, and it’s one reason I hemmed and hawed on the outskirts of writing a book for so long. I love...

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Friday, 03 May 2019 02:30

Link Love: Long time comin'

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It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a load of links I love. I’m not sure why. Perhaps content fatigue. I absorbed so much information while writing Handle With Care and then tried to distill so much of it, that I’ve just felt smaller, quieter, and less of everything over...

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A few years ago I was really affected by Andy Crouch’s Four Quadrants from Strong and Weak (below). It's simultaneously freeing to implement it and also restricting. It means asking myself the question before I share anything: Do I have authority to share this? Am I being vulnerable in...

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Last week during our Good Friday service, Isaiah 53 was read aloud. I’ve read the chapter dozens maybe hundreds of times in my life, but one line once burry came into a particular focus that evening. “They made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death,” and I...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:11

Fear of Missing Out on God's Word?

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I have always been mystified by the complexity of God. I love his grandness and his nearness, his Creator-hood but not creature-hood, his love and his justice—it is the chasms between what I understand these things to be that makes God good to me. That I cannot fully understand or empathize...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 00:30

Good Enough in a Never Enough World

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I shared a table with a woman this past week who felt within her a call to write and had a story to tell. I know nothing of her ability to tell her story, but I saw the lament on her face when she said, “But I’m not shaped like the women who get book deals. I’m not pretty or...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 01:13

Is He The One?

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We lay in bed last night, my head on his ribs, and I reminded him today would be the anniversary of the first time we gathered together socially. He was going on dates with another girl I knew and I just kept tamping down the flares of interest rising in my heart about him. “Not for...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:30

Spring 2019 Writing Mentorship

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I am excited to announce year two of the Sayable Writing Mentorship. We begin on March 8th. Here’s what a few of 2018’s participants said about the guided mentorship:

“I cannot think of a way in which this course did not exceed my expectations. You served each of us so well...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:46

Second Wife, Second Life

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Someone called me a second wife recently. I am not the offendable type and I took no notice of it until my husband later casually mentioned something about his first marriage. “It is true,” I thought, “I am the second.” The second wife, the second marriage, the second chance...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 01:17

Have This Mind Among You

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Last night Nate and I were in the midst of a project. More precisely, I had finished my part of the project as far as I could and I was waiting on him to finish his so I could start on the next phase of mine. I know myself well enough to know if I even think about getting distracted, I will, and my...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 23:51

No One is an Expert

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I have written hundreds of thousands of words on Sayable (or her predecessor) since 2001 and I have never experienced the level of word-fatique I feel today. I lay in bed this morning, the sunlight splitting our curtains in two, and thought of all the things I want to do today and one I thought I...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 01:00

His Nearness, Our Good

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Today, in the span of one hour, we got two text messages containing vastly different news. The first had me in tears at the faithfulness of God to save, to redeem, to protect, and to break through in light. It held news we’ve prayed for for years. We’ve wept asking God to answer our...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 02:41

Each In Its Own Season

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It’s been a windy year in Flower Mound, Texas. The rain has been in plenty, the gray days frequent, and chill common. I prefer weather in its fullness if I’m honest. Four full seasons each robust with their brightness or dullness or coldness or sweltering heat. It’s the continual...

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Friday, 14 December 2018 02:56

Love [Your Neighbor as] Yourself

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My friend Lindsey Carlson recently wrote an article for The Gospel Coalition on how we see and engage with those in the church whose body size may be different than the projected “norm.” Sadly, the title (Which was probably not chosen by Lindsey, as is often the case with titling. Most...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 03:06

Reflections on Our Homemade Marriage Retreat

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Instead of hosting unmarried friends like we usually do for holidays, Nate and I decided to use the four day weekend Thanksgiving gave us to work on some personal and marital growth. We have had two housemates for the past year and a half. One got his own place this fall and the other married two...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 23:23

Book Recommendations and a Thank You

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Before I begin, in the past few months I haven’t been writing on Sayable much and I’ve gotten so many sweet messages from so many of you saying you’ve missed my words here. Thank you. Truly.Thank you. I am hard at work on the book and it’s due at the end of January. My aim...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 01:57

Seeds Become Fruit and Fruit Becomes Seeds

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Writing is like speaking a language and writer’s block happens when you’ve gone a while without speaking it. It’s like any other exercise, to be strong, one must practice. I’ve been flexing my writing muscles over in another place on my laptop the past few months, watching...

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