COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

I'm not much of a baker.  I LOVE to create homemade meals from scratch, but my homemade baking repertoire is fairly limited.  Baking requires a lot more precision and patience, and I seem to be somewhat lacking in both of those qualities.   I can probably count on one hand the amount of times that I … Continue reading COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

"How do you manage your prayer life?"  I asked my senior pastor.  "How do you invest in so many people's lives and, then find time to pray for the growing list of needs that you become aware of?" His wise reply spoke to another need.  One that I didn't realize I had. He responded that … Continue reading PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE

The French sky was a brilliant blue and the humid air was stifling as we sat down to form a circle on a large patch of dry grass in the center of a dusty campground.  We looked at one another, wondering who would speak first, and in what language.   Eva was from Germany and … Continue reading WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE

BECAUSE THE SIZE OF YOUR TABLE DOESN’T MATTER

My outdoor dining table. It is lovingly referred to as "The Table". And it tells most of my favorite stories. Last year I attended a "Storyline Conference" led by Donald Miller.  A guest speaker, Sarah Harmeyer, shared about a desire to really know her neighbors that led her to ask her dad to build a … Continue reading BECAUSE THE SIZE OF YOUR TABLE DOESN’T MATTER

MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE

This morning I am thankful to be living in the calm that comes after the storm.  Because October was a very stormy month.  Not the kind that brings needed rain, the kind that brings relentless turmoil. In early October we tore up our patio for an outdoor renovation project. And then two days later my 14-year-old … Continue reading MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE