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In Season and Out of Season

In Season and Out of Season

Lately I’ve been wrestling with some existential questions, such as, “What does it look like to be healthy and bear fruit for the kingdom of God?” This question leads to other questions, including: What does fruit look like? Does working for the...
To The Ashes of Our Failed Endeavors

To The Ashes of Our Failed Endeavors

A few weeks ago, my sister texted me an intriguing photo. In the picture, the remnants of violin pieces lay burning in a fire. She explained that her husband had been trying for quite some time to build a violin, and some of the pieces, due to errors, had to be...
Mama Bird’s Mocking Me

Mama Bird’s Mocking Me

One of my favorite places to be in the summer is in my garden. I especially love to spend time there early in the morning or in the cool of the evening. I also enjoy savoring alone time there, but one night last July I found myself in the garden with an uninvited...
Creating and Maintaining Safe Spaces At Home

Creating and Maintaining Safe Spaces At Home

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend about decluttering and organizing. I shared with her that as a naturally unstructured person, who is a mom of four boys, organization and cleanliness are difficult at my house. I then went on to explain a small hack that...
To the One Who is Dreading the Holidays

To the One Who is Dreading the Holidays

As we enter into the Advent season, it seems that joy is spreading far and wide. At least that is what commercials and Christmas carols would have you believe. However, for a significant portion of the population, there is little joy to be found in this season....
Ants, Ants, Everywhere!

Ants, Ants, Everywhere!

Over the past year, there is a small, but prolific pest that has made itself comfortable in my life. Ants. They’re a small, but mighty foe. I grew up in Georgia, where fireants were a common part of life. When I moved to North Carolina, in my early twenties, I...

For When You’re Surrounded

Have you ever felt truly helpless? Trapped? Surrounded on all sides? This year I have found myself facing challenges that were beyond my natural capacity to navigate. I have been pushed beyond my stress limits, but even then the challenges would not abate. I have...

Finding The Glimmers

Chances are you’ve heard the word trigger quite a lot recently. In fact, you can probably list a few of your own triggers right now. A trigger is the signal, or catalyst, that can send our bodies into a state of fight or flight. It is the event that activates...
Waiting for the Pop

Waiting for the Pop

Last night, I walked around my new raised bed garden, inspecting the soil for signs of growth. Nothing. It has been a week and a half, and so far no green sprouts have broken the surface. I love this time of year, and every spring I look forward to watching my first...