“Real freedom is freedom from the opinion of others. Above all, freedom from your own opinions about yourself.” ~ Brennan Manning I had never written a book before. So, every […]


Read “This Means War” & “Opening in Prayer” (pages 1-24) I watch my daughter fold her little hands in prayer at night to ask God for the things that matter to […]

“The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.” John […]

Daily Habits - The Inspired Room

I love the idea of a clean house. I love the idea of an organized house. We make time for the things we want to do, so it’s pretty clear […]


Why do we always remember the things we’d most like to forget? My husband and son were still sleeping while my pre-teen daughter, Lilly, and I busied ourselves getting ready […]


We found ourselves at the open door of an art gallery in Maui last week. It was mid-afternoon, and we were walking back from the beach. The salt of the […]


I used to gather my strength at the year’s end for a running start into the new one. I’d limp through Christmas, the demands and social gatherings jabbing tender places. […]


The other day I caught myself whispering an unrealistic secret to my heart: “Maybe this will be the year everything goes as planned and we’ll have the perfect Christmas.” Perfect is what I’ve always wanted […]