Love

Crossroads - incourage.me

I took a shortcut through the woods that night. Trees leaned across the narrow lane as if to close me in. After several minutes of driving, I glanced at the […]

The Courage to Be Still - incourage.me

“Be still and know I am God.” We’ve likely heard that verse, but in our culture of to-do lists and commitments, family obligations, and chasing our dreams, it can be […]

Hospitality - incourage.me

“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 Loved - incourage.me

I used to love roller coasters. The step-to-the-edge adrenaline rush was exciting and scary all at the same time. There was a certain element of fascination with not knowing what […]

Her children rise up and call her blessed // incourage.me

Heart-shaped

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 […]

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I’m afraid I’ll break down, God. I’m afraid I’ll cry so hard. And I don’t want to. I’m going to see little children who want to see Your love. In […]

1 Corinthians 13 - incourage.me

I know him so well that I cringe when he reaches for a bag of chips. The chewing, the crunching. The jaw that works up and down like it was […]

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

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. […]