Today one of my favorite authors died. Elisabeth Elliot’s words had a profound impact on me as a young girl and helped shape my thinking, especially on the topics of loneliness and patience. Her no nonsense writing style and constant encouragement to avoid self-pity were an inspiration to me. These are hard words but I’ve … Continue reading Paths Leading Home
Christ came to redeem for all times and seasons. Only my flagging, drowsy devotion relegates his influence to an annual holiday. But every day, I get to try it again. I try to awake to the truth that every day is as sacred as the next…
It is one of the great troubles of life that we cannot have any unmixed emotions. There is always something in our enemy that we like, and something in our sweetheart that we dislike.
You’ll learn, through these practices, to get good at discomfort, to show up even when you don’t feel like it, to stick to something even when the enthusiasm wanes, to not act on your urges right away, to enjoy any activity as a reward in and of itself.
Rewatching old Grey’s Anatomy episodes, came across one of my favorite Meredith monologues: A couple hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that ’til tomorrow, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity; you’d think we’d pay more attention to what he … Continue reading Knowing is Better than Wondering
In September 2013 I took a position as a full-time journalist for WP Tavern. I spend most of my waking hours thinking about writing, narrowing down what to write and working hard to distill news/events and make them interesting. I still have so much to learn. Becoming a better writer isn’t instant; it takes time. … Continue reading Learning Not To Compare
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions 2013
When my husband is away, I tend to feel a little down and want to stay in bed all day, reading magazines and eating bad-for-me food. He’s gone all weekend to backpack through the Ozarks with four other guys. While I’m really happy for him to have some nature time, I feel like half of … Continue reading Little Olive Tree: Drought, Disease and Fire-Resistant