Safe Community -

In the deepest part of my soul lies a dichotomy. Scar tissue gaping from fresh wounds in the same place where beauty is emerging. Pain mixed with kindness. Isn’t that where […]

Let Jesus into the ripped places. // Annie Downs -

The Worst Breakup

Feb 27, 2015 by

As a single girl, I’ve had a few breakups. They are never fun. Whether you are on the giving or receiving end of a breakup, it hurts. You think if […]

Hospitality -

“Practice makes perfect,” my piano teacher would always say. So when the Holy Spirit tells us to “practice hospitality,” the idea must be that we keep getting better and better […]

We are called to love the unlovable. Jen Schmidt //

We’re called to love our neighbors. But that isn’t always easy. What if we don’t know our neighbors, or we’re not sure how to start? Who are our neighbors, and […]

"That is the mystery of grace: it never comes too late." //

Hard to Love

Feb 19, 2015 by

My husband and I both really like a song from a couple years ago called “Hard to Love.” He likes it because he freely admits that many of the lyrics […]

Her children rise up and call her blessed //


Feb 14, 2015 by

Valentine’s Day isn’t about romance or passion to me. Instead, it’s a blur of fizzy affections tethered first to grade school then later to a woman of valor. I grew up […]

Friendship Forged in the Chaos -

It was my sophomore year of high school when my parents bought our first real home, a home that we would call ours. And there was a room for me. […]

God gives us gifts, gifts that hang like dangly signs of Love present everywhere. //

I invite a few close friends over for a grown-up tea party, and before they arrive, I rhythmically move around the table arranging cucumber sandwiches, lemon bars, scones, and cream. […]