Advent Week Two ~ Sacred Intentionality

Advent Week Two ~ Sacred Intentionality

We are entering Week Two of Advent. Thank you for coming back and giving yourself the gift of a sacred pause. Last week, we worked on slowing down to capture stillness in our busy days. It was a time of sitting in the quiet and letting God join us in that space. There...

Advent Week One – Sacred Stillness

Advent Week One – Sacred Stillness

You are entering the first week of Advent. Already your breath is uneven and scattered as your to-do list for the holidays looms large. Your heart is racing and you cannot even imagine making it through four more weeks at the pace you are going.  As you draw in...

A Sacred Pause ~ Introduction

A Sacred Pause ~ Introduction

Welcome to A Sacred Pause. Each Sunday of Advent you will receive an email of devotions, prayers, and going deeper all with the intention of shaping and refining your time of waiting in this Advent season.  If you are like me, you are familiar with the practice...

Prepare Ye the Way

Prepare Ye the Way

I wrote this post several years ago for God-Sized Dreams. The words still speak truth and remind me of the approaching holiday season. I love the idea of preparing not only my home but my heart and soul also. Join me as we dive into this idea of "preparing the way"...

Remnant-Keeper

Remnant-Keeper

The same One who counts your tears holds the pieces of your life tenderly as they are falling apart. You run haphazardly to pick up the scattered remnants but find your Father has already gathered them into His arms. You are loved and cherished by the Remnant-Keeper...

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

It started with a book. A gathering of four friends. A short drive and a walk along the beach where a lone mailbox marked "Kindred Spirit" was ready to capture our stories. Snippets of conversation floated on the ocean breeze and hidden desires filled each heart. The...

The Middle of Renewal

The Middle of Renewal

Have you ever been in the middle of something? You know, like the middle of a book, dinner, a movie, your family, or nowhere. What does it feel like to be in the middle? How do you know you are there? Will you ever make it out? Great questions, huh?? I believe we all...

A Season of Change

A Season of Change

It is always a sweet blessing to introduce you to new writers each month. Today I welcome Tara Ulrich to this space to share her story. Tara and I have never met in person, but the connection we have runs deep through years of Five Minute Friday and just supporting...

Running to Catch Myself

Running to Catch Myself

For years, I found myself in a cycle of running to catch myself. Sure there have been starts and stops along the way but the race is one of finding out who the real me is. God knows me intimately but what do I say when people ask? My typical answer sounds like, "I'm a...

A Time of Worship

A Time of Worship

Worship is the song in my heart, the beauty on the path as I walk, and the words of praise and gratitude on my lips. It is one, small way to lean into God more intimately. Worship is the heart and soul of connection with God. Engaging in a time of worship is not one...

The Intersection of Surrender and Waiting

The Intersection of Surrender and Waiting

If you told me I would be where I am today when I was young, I might not believe you. If you shared some of the details of my life before they happened, I would think you were talking about someone else. When my life turned out different than I imagined, I had two...

My un-Bucket List

My un-Bucket List

Dear Friends, Each time I introduce you to a featured writer, I get goosebumps from the words you are about to read. I am blessed to know and share this space with many I call friends but also those I only know online, who are writers who want to encourage and point...

Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink

My brother sat across from me with only a table separating us. The kitchen echoed with silence. All you could hear was the inhale and exhale of our breath with an air of intensity around us. All I remember is the challenge words that my brother said a minute earlier....

What is Your “Now” Moment?

What is Your “Now” Moment?

I shuffled down the driveway dragging my garbage can behind me. My thoughts centered on myself and to be honest the voice in my head was not very flattering. I couldn't wait to hole up inside with my feet up on the couch. That was the plan until I lifted my eyes off...

I Am Your Lighthouse

I Am Your Lighthouse

The intimacy of God is real. He declares, "I am your lighthouse and my light shines through the darkness in an endless pursuit of love. God Pursues You Fifty plus years has shown me how God relentlessly pursues me. Over and over, He draws me back into His embrace....

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