Be Still and Know (Excerpt)

value of silence

Our lives are now larger and more complex than they used to be. To hold steady, have clarity and the true power of a life well-lived, we need a large and deep substructure, one able to hold up the superstructure. This is not only urgent; it is essential to our wellbeing. For not only are…

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BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus (Excerpt)

bbq pilgrimage

“Lessons in food are lessons in culture, so the more food discoveries I made, the more at home I felt.” – Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly Magazine BBQ Editor It all started thanks to our love of barbecue and a YETI cooler. Every four years, the state magazine Texas Monthly publishes its Top 50 BBQ list.…

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Praying for Your Foster Children

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Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude With Our Foster Children On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them…

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Supporting Yourself (Or A Friend) Through Miscarriage

miscarriage support

Miscarriage may be the most tragic or traumatic loss you have faced thus far. You might feel resentful or depressed; you may be struggling with your faith or in your marriage. You likely do not want to hear anyone else’s opinion on your situation or your grief. But you still have to interact with others…

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Creative God Excerpt

creative God

Imagine. If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine yourself sipping a mug of tea or a coffee anywhere in the world, could you do it? If you could, would your imagination provide more than just a snapshot image of you at a round table on a busy street or a still frame…

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No Breaks in a Broken System: Common Horizon Excerpt

working mom hurdles

We sit in a small office off the main hallway. The insurance representative is pulling all the forms for me, the new hire at a medical records office. He spots the ring on my finger, my grandmother’s diamond newly set in the band. “Married?” he casually asks. “No. We are thinking of moving the date…

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Every Season Sacred: The Gift of Noticing

gift of noticing

I’m pushing the stroller around the corner when the podcast I’m streaming cuts out. I frown and glance at my phone. Out of battery. I’ve just promised my older kids thirty more minutes of park time with friends while I walk the nearby sidewalks. What am I supposed to do with no podcasts, music, or…

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Our Lady of Hot Messes Excerpt

God's Love for All

Life is so crazy. I used to think that I was doing it all wrong, that because I hadn’t figured out the secret code that every one else seemed to know, God was not interested in helping me with my life. I grew up going to a First Baptist Church in a small, rural south Texas town. I…

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Forgiving God Excerpt

questioning suffering

This is how I ask the question of suffering now. I used to ask about theories, about how God’s goodness could square with God’s love, how different properties of God made sense in light of suffering. I used to read books about suffering and cry and wonder, in a safely academic way, how these stories…

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