my ink dance

discovering extraordinary grace in an ordinary life

When A Bridge Is Broken

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There are some relationships that end, but linger in your soul for a lifetime. They are part of the fabric of who you are, for better or for worse, and no matter what you do you can’t erase them. If you did, you’d be erasing part of yourself. I wrote this post years ago about […]

When Grace Feels Hard

When Grace Feels Hard

Grace can be easy to dismiss when life feels okay and all is going well. But those moments when things feel dark and hard we can see just how much light grace brings. The real trouble is believing it. I’m excited to welcome my friend Natalie to My Ink Dance to share what God has shown […]

Some Battles Need to be Fought Again and Again

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Today I introduce you to a less put together version of myself. A part that is messy but no less real. There was a battle in my house last night. A raging fight that left wounds, exposed weakness and left only one side victorious as the other sulked away only to rearm for the next […]

The Song You Need to Hear Over and Over

Soul Starters

Every once in a while I find a song that needs to be played in the background of all I do until it seeps deep into my soul, into a place where I really believe it. I am so grateful Emily posted this and I can play it until it becomes as natural as breathing. Let […]

When Your Giants Feel Too Big

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I’ve been spending some time looking back. I’m not looking back to wallow or for pity. No, this looking back is to grow, to see how far I’ve come or what I still need to work on. Looking back can help us remember the lessons that we need to learn. Today, I’m remembering how I […]

When You Feel Stuck in the Middle of Real Life

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I’m grateful to have some new friends here in this corner of the internet. This month I want to share some older posts that you may have missed…posts that still linger with me filling places in my heart and mind. I wrote this years ago when my people were much smaller. But somehow I still […]

Words & Thoughts: 5 Life Giving Quotes from Redeeming Love

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We just finished reading our first Words & Thoughts book club book. If you remember, I mentioned this isn’t your typical book club (you can read more here). Our first book, Redeeming Love is one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read. It always amazes me how a few words can speak so much […]

What I Learned Summer Edition

Learned Summer

I like this whole idea of looking back, this taking a moment to consider the weeks that just passed by and all that they held. It’s not about the events or the flurry of activity. It’s not even about the quiet moments. It’s a chance to stop and think about the impact of the month, […]

In Busy We Trust

Trust

One glance at my calendar and you’ll see more handwriting than white space. Sports, doctors, meetings, parties, holidays, and there always seems to be more. Even in all this “more” I feel like less. It’s easy to fall in line and run from thing to thing waving a flag to show just how important we […]

Why You Need to Throw Away Your Church Time Card

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I didn’t go to church yesterday. I was sick. Yet somehow, I still felt guilty. Felt like I was not living up to my end of this Christian living thing. Because clearly, God is there for those who go to church. Right? Wrong.  Maybe that didn’t come out right. He’s there for those that come […]