The First Step to Soul Intimacy (PRINTABLE) #WhitespaceStory (Day 16)

By July 30, 2014 5 Comments
little girl & her whitespace {photo by} little girl & her whitespace {photo by}

You know, something very deep inside happens when we take time to feed our souls.  To do the things we really long to enjoy, that gives us a sense of rest.  To have some space to just be still.  And get in touch with the child in each of us.

That child in each of us carries stories, thoughts, needs and feelings even though we have everyday responsibilities in our world as moms, working women, wife, daughter and friend. Sometimes those stories come alive as we take a walk, sit with a soulful book, sing, paint, journal, take a bath – or they come alive when we bake, craft, work with our hands in the garden, or hold a warm cup of tea.

It’s the first step of soul intimacy in any relationship –

giving yourself permission to open your soft — desire-laden — rest-craving self to the other person.

Show up in a pocket of quiet.

The first step of intimacy begins by  Read More


Letter from Home: Follow Your Heart (Day 15) (Custom Portrait Watercolor Painting Giveaway)

By On July 24, 2014

Dear Heart, I know I’ve been so quiet these past two weeks.  I’m not quite sure why it is I’ve felt so unable to speak, when all of life is swirling around… Read More

Ann Voskamp, me, and the ocean. {photo by Emily Freeman}

On the Porch At Ann Voskamp’s: The Pink Outfit (Day 14) 21 Days of Rest

By On July 11, 2014

Although we met online years earlier, I first met Ann Voskamp in real life three years ago — walking along a beach, against the soft brush of waves upon smooth sand. I was… Read More

unplugging returns us to our childhood self. at rest. present. fully alive. {eric & i broke out our Calvin & Hobbes comics to share them with Josh (middle), Caleb (left) & friend Tyler.} #soulgoodness

Dare to Unplug & Go Off the Grid: Five Ways (Day 14) 21 Days of Rest

By On July 10, 2014

So, I just came back from a week of being unplugged-off-the-grid on vacation in San Diego last week. I was unpacking (a week is a long time with two boys and a hubby) and… Read More


Move Beyond Surviving to Rejuvenating Rest {Book Giveaway} (Day 13) 21 Days of Rest

By On July 7, 2014

How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? I know what that’s like. I’m good at surviving —… Read More

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What To Do When Your Dreams Stall: 5 Steps To Take (Day 12) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 26, 2014

I get asked this question almost every time I’m interviewed about my new book Finding Spiritual Whitespace.  Why is it so hard to rest, if we know it’s good for us? This… Read More


Finding Rest In a World Of Go: Podcast with Kathi Lipp (Day 11) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 24, 2014

I first met Kathi Lipp four years ago for a cup of coffee, when I was first began thinking about writing a book proposal. Kathi is popular speaker and author of a new book… Read More


Whisper a Love Note: Quiet Words & A Giveaway (Day 10) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 19, 2014

Do you remember hearing the whisper of someone who loves you? Was it in the voice of falling in love at first blush — someone close and intimate to you? Or maybe you… Read More


3 Unexpected Ways God Makes Us Known (Day 9) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 18, 2014

I didn’t want to be known for my anxiety. Or my stress. And I certainly didn’t want to be known for my brokenness. But, at the cusp of a lifelong dream coming true –… Read More

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5 Ways To Pray When You’re Too Stressed To Know How (Day 8) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 16, 2014

I didn’t know that I was hiding. I’ve always been good at praying. Or so I thought. My daddy left when I was seven. I’ve always looked to God as my Father, my provider. I… Read More

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a childhood dream come true.  {a 1st reading from a soulful #spiritualwhitesapce book launch party}

Dear Little Girl Lost :: A Letter, Photos & A Giveaway (Day 7) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 12, 2014

Dear Seven-Year-Old Bonnie, I know you would never want to say it.  But, I know you are lonely. I know you are always smiling.  But, deep inside there are tears. At night,… Read More


The Clock Is Not My Shepherd (Day 6) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

By On June 6, 2014

The clock is my dictator I shall not rest. It makes me lie down only when exhausted. It leads me to deep depression. It hounds my soul. It leads me in circles… Read More

Because some days you need a double shot of faith