“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 […]

Church in the Snow

photo source I love the history behind beloved hymns. When I was standing in The Jerusalem Hotel lobby in Israel earlier this year, staring at the original copy of It […]


I tried to cancel Thanksgiving dinner this year. The memory of last year’s failed turkey spatchcocking experiment remains vivid in my mind. Although I’ve flipped the calendar page twelve times, it’s hardly […]