Kara’s Collection: Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

Kara’s Collection: Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

From an article originally posted March 31, 2014…

"The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment."
― Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes

Alright, I’m a new fan. I’m only a few chapters in, and I’m ready to sing from the mountain tops that I love this woman. This book is at the very heart of how I want to live, try to live, and hope for my well days to be lived.

The turmoil of forgiveness

The turmoil of forgiveness

A little while back, I spent several hours preparing a lesson for our women’s Bible study on forgiveness. It’s something I’ve taught on before, but every time I study it, I am humbled, and my heart yearns to understand it deeper and deeper. Then, a dear friend of mine was wounded by her close friend, and we have since had many conversations about forgiveness.

As I’ve thought and meditated the last couple of weeks, I’ve often wondered, How do I know when I am truly forgiving someone and when I’m just exercising mental discipline in not thinking about them, not allowing them control over me, not attempting to exact punishment?

Then I made this mistake: I asked God to tell me. Eek!

Kara’s Collection: Grace in Suffering

Kara’s Collection: Grace in Suffering

From an article originally posted March 27, 2014…

Why is the God with us such a hard concept to embrace? I would say it is strength that keeps God at a distance from us. Then when strength is taken, removed, shaken—then we beg for God to be with us. Until then, we keep him at a safe distance, because we simply don’t want to be interrupted, questioned, or asked much of in our daily living. We want God in our lives, but simply when we are asked to walk through a fire, in desperation, in brokenness.

Kara’s Collection: Dear Spring Break

Kara’s Collection: Dear Spring Break

From an article originally posted March 24, 2014…

Dear Spring Break,

My letter is a simple letter at grabbing life today, while it’s still here. It is a simple letter of grace. A friend sent a dream—a thought—could we run away for a few days and play in the snow and ski? I remember getting the text and feeling too full of our story, too loaded by fear, too weighted down by our story.

5 reasons to lament

5 reasons to lament

Walking the long goodbye with Kara through breast cancer was an incredible gift, a unique and precious season of crying hard, laughing hard, loving hard, hoping hard. It taught me to lament—to grieve with hope! Kara has been with Jesus for over a year and a half now, and I am slowly learning how to lament in my everyday life, not just the big losses. I am learning to lament the sorrows I encounter on social media, the pains of raising children, the messiness of broken relationships, the hurt of rejection, my mundane failures. Because at the end of the day, even a day when I feel beat up by the brokenness of this world, since I still have Jesus, I have hope.