July Social Media + Shopping Experiment

July 9: Each and every time I do one of these experiments, one of the very first things I notice is how much happier I am. That's not to say I haven't missed some things. I've found myself wondering what some of my favorite Instagrammers are doing, but that's led me...

As She Walks Among the Stars

Robe brushes space, hair flows Behind, eyes flit to worlds afar.Creation's daughter dancesAs she wanders among the stars. Glancing down, she discernsA man, cast down, bearing a scar.He treads a path of woeAnd still she waltzes among the stars. His gaze downcast, his...

July Shopping + Social Media Sabbatical

Hello and Happy July! June has absolutely flown by. I remember sitting down at my parent's kitchen bar what seems like days ago, patching together summer plans. Now, summer is half-past! It's madness! This morning, I sat down with my Monk Manual and Sacred Ordinary...

The Simple Life According to Hobbits

“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” This quote has entranced me since I first read it. Not in an actual text, as you might expect from a self-proclaimed Tolkien fanatic; but from a pinned blog post on Pinterest. In an online world defining simplicity as...

On shaking the towers of the great

Where to begin? If I had to guess, I would imagine that my thoughts are like your thoughts. Disbelief. Shock. Horror. Disgust. Add to that the fact that I’m not entirely certain how I’m supposed to feel (is there a supposed to feel in this moment? I’m not...

Will We Forget?

Do you think that,in a few years time, we'll remember these days?Not the statistics, or the politics, or the projections. Not the fear, or the uncertainty,or the panic. Rather - will we remember the daysthat we read booksinstead of going out?Will we remember the...

Thoughts on Quarantine

On March 5, we gathered with friends at a local coffee shop to listen to some of our more musically inclined friends play a show they had been working on for months. Afterward, we moved to one of those friend's homes to visit with a friend who had come for a visit...

Do Good With Your Dollars

I was hooked as soon as I heard of Preemptive Love. I read a story of a man who, having watched his friends be executed, volunteered in the prison of the executioners so that he could feed them soup. He made the choice to love them anyway - not with words (which can...

Does God’s Just-ness Depend on Our Sin?

I recently heard a pastor say from the pulpit that our personal salvation depends on our recognition of our sin. We can't, he said, fully love or accept Christ as our Savior until we have understood the weight of our sin. On a surface level, I agree with this...