a fork in the road. busy or beloved?

By August 29, 2014 5 Comments

isn’t it easier to be busy?

isn’t it easier to be distracted?

isn’t it easier to let someone else choose for us, what it is that needs to be done?

it’s easier because we wouldn’t have to need.

but isn’t that how God filled Adam’s void with Eve?

when he felt his need?

to be loved.

it’s harder to choose what we want.

because maybe we don’t know what it is we want.

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Replenishing my soul one morning after a weekend pouring out. a quiet hike w/a friend. {sunshine kissing the space btwn translucent skin of seeds}

find me in the quiet places: a little big change (Day 20) 21 Days of Rest

By On August 28, 2014

{thank you for your sweet words of encouragement for my time with the Military to meet with the Wounded Warriors Battalion from Fort Campbell, KY this weekend.  i truly felt your prayers for… Read More

hand art by @emdashpaperco | instagram

Me & the Military? The Scariest Thing (Day 19) 21 Days of Rest

By On August 21, 2014

I didn’t want to tell my story. I didn’t want to write that book. Not the one about my pain.  Not the one about my childhood. What use is it to go back… Read More

soul words feed the heart for the journey {caleb and R2D2}

I Am His Mommy: Soul Words For School

By On August 19, 2014

The tags off the backpacks have been clipped.  I’ve labeled their stuff with a Sharpie and lime-green duct-tape.  I’m sitting on the carpet floor checking off the school supplies list and rummaging through… Read More

nanu... nanu {the younger me. third grade}

To Robin Williams: What I Know Now (A Letter To My Younger Self) (Day 18)

By On August 12, 2014

When I heard of Robin Williams’ suicide and death yesterday, I was crushed with heartbreak.  I wanted to cry. Robin Williams made me laugh during a time in my life when my parents divorced.  When… Read More


What Does It Mean To Really Forgive? (Day 17) 21 Days of Rest

By On July 31, 2014

Are you still in contact with your mom?  What about your father? I never know what the person who’s asking thinks about my answer.  It ties my stomach up in knots and… Read More

watercolor print by janinecrum.com {downloadable printable below}

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

By On July 30, 2014

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… 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

Because some days you need a double shot of faith