my ink dance

discovering extraordinary grace in an ordinary life

When Faith Looks A Lot Like Farming


I planted a seed today. Not a real seed that will bring forth something edible, but I certainly hope there will be fruit. And I desperately hope it will be beautiful. I planted the seed of an idea. Emily Freeman wrote beautiful and brave about her seed planting in her email A Note from the […]

There is No Sledgehammer God


It’s rare to find someone who weaves words real and still finds a way to leave you encouraged. I’m honored to welcome Jason to My Ink Dance today to remind you of who God is in the everyday real (and how easy it is to forget). You won’t regret a single word. There is no […]

It Could Be Us


I read a story about a boy, tragically killed in an accident at 16. And my heart breaks for his family. My eyes fill with tears and my breath catches in my throat. But it’s not really for them, and it’s not really about the boy. Before you think I’m cold and don’t care about […]

Prayer & The Drive Thru


Every day before my kids get on the bus to head to school I pray for them. It’s a quick prayer (some days quicker than others) and always has the same footnote Dear God, please keep them safe.   One day we were rushed and I forgot to pray. I ran out of time, and […]

When Someone Else Gets Their Dream


There’s this writer, we’ll call her G. She’s kind of in the spotlight right now. There’s the book and the book club and the speaking. There’s even OPRAH. Like I said, spotlight. And I’m mad. I’m not jealous, exactly. I’m happy for her. Really. But here’s the thing…she bleeds honest. On the screen, on the […]

5 Things I’m Done Apologizing For


I’ve spent a lot of my life apologizing. And I’m not talking about the true “I’m sorry” when I’ve done something wrong. I’ve apologized for things I was never meant to apologize for, things that are not wrong. And I think it’s time I stopped. My size Yeah, I’m going there. Because it’s really the […]

What I Learned in September


Looking back is easier some months than others. September kind of wiped me out with the back to school and the routines and early morning alarms. But we made it, and I learned a few things along the way. September is hard for me! As much as I love new routines and crayons and calendars the […]

Will You Be Proud of Me?


You know that feeling like everything is out of sorts, like your whole life is not quite what it should be? I know that feeling, and so does Katie. Katie’s words are a balm for those hidden places in your weary, wounded soul. Let her words sink deep today, friend, and believe this truth. We […]

The One Word You Need When Everything is Falling Apart


I stood in the middle of my kitchen, hands clenched, jaw clenched tighter. I squeezed my eyes shut and tilted my face to the ceiling. I didn’t need my eyes to see what I was looking for. I stood that way, something spilled on the floor, glitter all over, and dinner burning on the stove. […]

3 Keys from 36 Years of Marriage

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I bickered with my husband today. It was nothing major; I probably won’t even remember it in a few days. But there are fights I do remember. Ones that I wish never happened. They remind me of how hard this beautiful thing called marriage is, and how much we all need a little help along […]