Enough or not

I live on the cusp of enough and dreamy desires; in the liminal land of paradox. I am always trying to make do with my limits, to authentically live my vow of poverty and get re-rooted in simple living. Yet. I am always longing for more. Desire, dreams, faith and hope fuel my energy. Even whenContinue reading “Enough or not”

When Jesus asked for food (or, how I realized Easter is an ordinary thing)

Sometimes the Easter story is just plain unbelievable to me. Doubts invade my prayer and distract me from the whole point of the story— of the entire core of my faith. Questions multiply in my mind exponentially. Why did some people recognize Jesus while others didn’t? Why is the Easter story so different in each Gospel? HowContinue reading “When Jesus asked for food (or, how I realized Easter is an ordinary thing)”

The backwards blessings of being busy

A little bit after my Christmas break began a couple weeks ago, I realized something was wrong with me. Here I was, entering into days that were meant for rest and rejuvenation, and I totally felt stressed out about all I had to do. Sure, it made sense. The end of the year and the holidays areContinue reading “The backwards blessings of being busy”

The process of lightening up my living

A few weeks ago, my whole life flashed before my eyes. Well, maybe it didn’t actually flash. But, I really did feel I re-lived my 33 years of living in five days. In those five days, I looked at all of my stuff and made a choice about whether to keep each item (not the goal), throw itContinue reading “The process of lightening up my living”

Saying yes to God

At times, discipleship feels a bit like this: Big trucks and death beds tend to get our attention. We wake up and listen to the Truth when tragedies and power struggles shake us alert. God gives us grace and growth and then we learn. We really aren’t meant to be independent after all; we’re trying toContinue reading “Saying yes to God”

Motherhood and Not-So-Simple Simplicity

By guest blogger  Nicole Steele Wooldridge I always used to find it challenging to live out the value of simplicity in a contemporary Western context.  Now, as a mom, I find it nearly impossible. I am blessed to be the mother of a twenty-month-old daughter and another little girl due in two months.  I desperatelyContinue reading “Motherhood and Not-So-Simple Simplicity”

living simply to build community

You’ve probably heard the saying: “Live simply so others may simply live.”  Different sources credit the phrase to different wise people, like St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Theresa. Either way, it’s a good mantra and the saying totally carries weight. Lately a new, yet similar saying has been rattling around in my consciousness:  “LiveContinue reading “living simply to build community”

when eating bites

Bad news: people are starving to death; 16,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes. Good news: God has mercy and God is helping us!  We are being preserved in spite of famine, scripture says. Upright is the word of the LORD, and all his works are trustworthy. He loves justice and right; of theContinue reading “when eating bites”