On Contentment

I have this nagging feeling that says to me, once you pay off those loans, then you can really start living your life. My doubts and anxieties feed into this concept that juggling money and paying off loans is a pre-cursor to my true happiness, and that once we are debt-free all will be bliss.

Moments

I'm not saying that I want to give up being punctual and driven and organized, because I don't. But I sure as hell want to be more mindful than ever of these beautiful, unrepeatable moments that seem so trivial, so unbelievably ordinary as they happen.  

The Temple of Motherhood

So when this person described the "temple" of our bodies as places of sacrifice and suffering, it transformed my understanding and experience of motherhood. Yes, my body glorifies and speaks of God's beauty and wonder, but it is also within my body that I die to myself, that I sacrifice myself, and I offer up my whole being in an offering. 

Speak Now

Time is passing away, and as much as I wish I had the clear-sightedness to know all of the answers and be inspired and never be bored again, I want my prayer to be "deliver me, O God, from dullness and inactivity."

On Paths and Plans

As our lives twist and turn and go about their way, take a moment to remember that your journey doesn’t have to be one unplanned gallivanting twist after another, nor yet does it have to be a meticulously planned succession of days: but that God resides and works very well in a pleasant combination of them both.

Preparing for Baby!

I am beside myself with excitement to meet this little person! It's been so strange to be physically attached to another human being for nine months without really knowing who they are or what they are like. I can't wait to soak in all of the wonderful and profound moments of his new life and the beautiful, intense, and hard days that will immediately follow.

On Wasted Pain

Allow my pain to be ever more real and ever more my personal participation in death and redemption and new life. Transform the very essence of my pain and my journey into something that redeems, for redeeming means saved and rescued.