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
Monday, 05 March 2018 00:33

Learning to Want at the Beginning of March

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I made it a few skims into the NYT Book Review yesterday before slinging the paper away and declaring I was so weary of progressivism and their better-ness peppered through every article. Every chance to bash the Other and slip in names having nothing to do with the subject at hand, but everything...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 23:29

Feeling Our Way Toward a Light So Lovely

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Throughout 2018 so far I have been reading through the Psalms slowly, feeling my way through them chapter by chapter, verse by verse. This past weekend Nate and I were a part of an Art and Prayer retreat at Laity Lodge (one of my favorite places on earth) and to our delight, it was on the book of...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 02:17

Application for Writing Mentorship

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When I was 15, a friend a decade ahead of me took an interest in my writing, encouraging me along and not letting me get away with sloppy self-editing. Then when I was in my early twenties, I had an older mentor who did the same. In college I was surrounded by professors who simply would not accept...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:49

Beholding Beauty in All Its Forms

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When God created his people, he put them in a garden. Before he gave the mandate to work, to be fruitful and multiply, he set them in the center of beauty, goodness, and life. It is almost as if he wanted them to be primarily people who beheld rather than produced. It didn't take long for the...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:44

Gathering Seashells and a Wasted Life

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One of the spaces on the Internet that is quickly becoming my favorite is Fathom Magazine, a once a month online publication doing everything with excellence. They've been asking me to contribute for a while, and I finally did a few weeks ago. My piece Gather Your Seashells While Ye May went live...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:49

Ministry in Rural Places Matters

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I wanted to tell you a story today because it's a story I remind myself of often. It will require a little bit of back-story, and some details about my most formative years, but I will try my best to be succinct and clear and honoring because what the world doesn't need is another tell-all. 

Whe...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 00:39

Counseling and the "Inconsolable Things"

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If you ever get the chance to pay someone $100+ dollars to sit across from you and tell you all the things you're doing wrong and call it counseling, I suggest you do. It sounds like a lose-lose, but I promise if the counselor is good (and mine is), it will be worth every penny. You would think you...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 00:27

Seasons, Readings, Writings, and Thanksgivings

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I've been a bit MIA around these parts lately. Part of that is due to our month long fast and the other things my fingers found to keep busy. Part of that is just that it's winter and winter, for me, has always been a hibernation time. I think God created the seasons for a reason and he means for...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 23:42

Living Water at a Broken Well

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imageI have a post over at my church's resource page today. Here's the beginning, click through at the bottom for the entirety. 

A week before my birthday my husband prayed it would not be like the last two. In 2015, I witnessed the violent shooting of a police officer. In 2016, my husband was gone...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 06:21

Three E-books Now Available For You

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imageThrough the generosity of my Patreon supporters and with the help of my sweet friend Chandler (who has been helping me with all the minutia of Sayable), I'm super excited to offer three e-books for your perusal. Right now they're only available to Patreon supporters, so we'd love to have you join...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 00:12

Practicing Hospitality Imperfectly

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One of the seven values of our home is the practice (that is the making mistakes along the way of learning) of hospitality. When we practice hospitality instead as entertainment, that is, the act of amusing or performing for our guests, we miss a very important quality in the intended expression:...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 23:50

What Silence Says

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We have been fasting for more than a week now, from news and media, from certain foods and from other things too, resetting our minds and bodies from the deluge of Christmas cookies and the muddiness of media. It has been good, cleansing, and helpful. Nate and I both wrestle the two headed monster...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 22:47

These Hibernation Days

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I hope your Christmas season has been warm and rich, full of reminders that you're loved and there is so much for you to love. Even in my moments of stark disappointment, when I can easily list out all the ways I've felt overlooked by God or others, I remember, "I have so much and so many to...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 23:30

A Case for Marrying Later

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I have read and heard and read some more of the case for marrying young, but the more I think about it, and the more I see faithful singles in their late twenties into their thirties and forties and beyond, the more I actually do believe with Paul that it is good to remain unmarried, if not...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 23:20

When You Cannot Yet See the Great Light

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A quiet, pulsing comfort when I'm reminded, in no uncertain terms, that we don't always get what we want, is we haven't been promised most of whatever it is we want. Marriage? More money? Bigger house? Health? More kids? Kids at all? None of them are promised. The years go by with no prospective...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 06:43

Link Love for the Journeying People

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It's been weeks and maybe months since I've shared some things I've read around the Internets. I know no one reads blogs anymore (that's what they say) but sometimes I happen along a blog or seven or an article or two that I think more people ought to read. I love the blogging format for what it...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 04:26

For the Anxious at Christmas

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We wrestled our way home through post-Thanksgiving traffic where all the cheery thankfulness of our nation had by then dissipated and was replaced by a mostly a grumpy, rushed, chaotic nation (of which I was chief after one too many reckless driver cut us off). To add insult to injury, while...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 23:47

The Dark Grows Bright: Advent reading suggestions

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imageNext week is Thanksgiving and then we're a month out from Christmas. The Christmas season and I have had a strained relationship for a long time. I love what we're celebrating, but I've struggled for years to enjoy the season. Decembers, for me, tend to be dark months. In my wrestle with depression...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 00:02

Seven Ways We Fail and Get Back Up Again

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The first time the word sin is mentioned in Scripture is not at the moment when sin entered the world, but the moment before the fracturing of two brothers, Cain and Abel. After Cain brought his offering to the Lord (which, for whatever reason known to them and not clearly to us, displeased...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 01:04

You Have One Wing, I Have Another

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When I first started keeping a blog, it was the year 2000 and blog was still called weblog and only .01% of the population knew what that was. My page was white and green (some things never change), and was called Like One Angel from a song by Burlap to Cashmere. A song I still love (even though...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 01:36

Even Dying Can Be Beautiful

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imageIf you follow me on Instagram you're probably fed up with my exclamations of joy over the weather in Texas this year. If you know me in person you are definitely fed up with it. I made people physically get up from their chairs last night to go look at the sunset. I dragged my husband into the...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 22:46

The Membership of the Living: the common anxieties

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Before I set aside my phone for the night yesterday, a friend and I were texting. We're two friends who try to be faithful in the life God has given to each of us, in the season in which we find ourselves, to the church to which we've been covenanted, to the people we love and who love us. Anyone...

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Our friend Barnabas Piper relinked to one of his old poststhis morning on why men should read stories. Since I'd asked Nate last week to compile a list and a few sentences on his favorite five (he picked six) fiction/poetry reads of the year, I thought today would be a good day to post them. I've...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 01:25

The Hidden Grief of Singleness

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I caught myself staring at my husband the other day. Gray is creeping into his full head of hair, small wrinkles forming at the corners of his eyes, a tiny patch of white in his beard. There is a dignity in aging for men, I think to myself, as I think ahead to my next cut and color, dabbing vitamin...

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