My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

10 Things I Learned Reading Church of the Small Things

Don't miss these amazing things I learned from Melanie Shankle's latest book, Church of the Small Things

I first told you about Melanie Shankle’s latest book here, but I wanted to share a bit more of what I discovered while reading it. Following Melanie’s lead I created a list for you. In no particular order… 1. I’d consume it in just a few days. I hadn’t expected this book to compel me […]

5 Things I’ve Learned This Summer

In all the summer sun and fun we can learn a lot, if we only pay attention. These 5 things are simple and complex and can change your whole perspective.

It’s easy to let days turn into weeks into whole seasons without really thinking. Emily challenges us to pay attention to the things we learn everyday. The big things, the small things and the things we’re not even sure matter. When we pay attention we see that it all matters because it’s all part of […]

A Letter to My Future Self

What would you tell your future self? Maybe you need to hear these words today. Don't miss this letter!

My daughter had an assignment at school recently to write a letter to herself, and the teacher will send it to her when she graduates high school. As I listened to her talk about her letter, I found myself thinking about my own letter. Last year I wrote a letter to my body; perhaps a […]

Too Good Not To Share

Sometimes in the middle of all the loud of this online world, we find something that speaks directly to our heart. It could make us laugh or cry or think or feel or wonder. And they are simply too good not to share. Things have been busy behind the scenes here as I’m getting ready […]

5 Favorite Quotes from You Are Free

When I first read You are Free by Rebekah Lyons I promised it would not be the last you heard about it here. I knew there were pieces to tell you about. Things that would impact you in deep ways the way they impacted me. But I needed time. I needed time with those pieces. […]

Finding Joy in a Simple Calling

The idea of a 4 word calling can feel anything but simple. Sometimes it seems easier to accept the idea of big, grand plans and purpose than to walk out your anything for God in small steps. Big feels like a celebration; small feels, well, small. Embracing the idea of a big calling feels like […]

What To Do When You’re Stuck Between Your Calling and Real Life

It’s easy to feel stuck in real life, even as your mind wanders to big callings. The more we whittle down the simplicity of what God calls us to, the easier it is to walk it out. As I sit here writing, there is a table full of clutter in front of me, kids playing […]

Can My Calling Really Be That Simple?

Ok, I know the other day when I wrote about your calling I said, the end. But the truth is it just doesn’t always seem that easy, does it? Four words made it sound so simple, but here we are, everyday, struggling to understand what it means. I get it. So what do we do? […]

Your Calling (in 4 Words)

Have you ever wondered if you’re where you’re supposed to be? I don’t mean at the right address (although I’ve been in that position plenty of times). I mean in life, in the grand, sweeping sense of purpose and direction and calling. Are my feet (and my heart) where they belong? The question rings loud […]

The 8 Things I Want To Be

I started making a list of all the things I want to do. It felt like I would never stop writing. I needed something deeper. Something that wasn’t about tasks, but about the person behind the task. So, I changed the list. I made a list of all the things I want to be. 1. […]