community, Guest Post, Imperfection, living well, Perfectionism / 01.10.2018

Have you ever read the story of Martha & Mary and secretly felt empathy for (shhhh) Martha? Me too. I mean someone has to make dinner!  We're not alone. My friend Katie Reid is sticking-up for Martha and all the rest of us "doers" in her new book Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done. I'm thrilled to host Katie Reid here at Winsome Living today!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is important to evaluate why we do what we do. Yes, we are purposefully designed to be doers, yet there are times when we use our doing as a means to cover up...

living well, Winsome Living / 27.09.2018

The wise man built his house upon the rock and the rain came tumbling down. The rain came down and the floods came up, and the house on the rock stood firm. It was one of my favorite songs in Sunday school. I knew all the hand motions, and I still feel nostalgic when I remember. On the other hand . . . The foolish man built his house upon the sand and the rain came tumbling down. The rain came down and the floods came up, and the house on the sand went splat! And the class would collapse onto the floor with glee. But it's...

living well, Winsome Living / 19.09.2018

I was a cheerleader once. Well, actually it was the pep squad, but we had pom-poms. I learned to do herkies and smile and wave my arms, and I almost got the splits. But I felt like a fake. The problem was I've always bent toward the introverted side of life. When I get excited, I tend to grow quiet (not an asset when you're a cheerleader), and I think more than I smile. In fact, my forehead has two permanent wrinkles from furrowing my brow in concentration. I'm not unhappy, I'm just thinking. So all the talk of joy in the Bible...

Winsome Living / 12.09.2018

I almost stop breathing when I see this photo. It's as if I don't want to wake them. I imagine myself tiptoeing backwards and quietly shutting the door. Slowly turning the handle, so it doesn't click shut. It's a scene of raw tenderness. I know the subjects, my son and his precious daughter. But when I see it, I think of my Father. His word tells me this is the kind of love He has for me. Protective, tender, and proud. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will...

Winsome Living / 05.09.2018

Do you remember? The gentle comfort of water cradling your face, muffling sounds, embracing you in wet warmth. Like a womb. Hair floating mermaid-like. Whoosh, whoosh. Held, light, no cares. Joyful. Yesterday, I was at a local lake with my daughters and grandkids. In between digging sand traps for minnows, eating watermelon in the water and playing keep away with the rinds, and trying to talk the toddlers into holding their noses and putting their face in the water—I swam out a bit and floated. The buoyancy eased my stiff, sore neck. With little effort I lay on the surface of the lake, brilliant...

friendship, God-sized Dreams, Imperfection, living well, Perfectionism, thoughts on cracked pots, true love, Uncategorized, unity / 28.07.2018

God, there's so much ugly in me. I'm so prone to jealousy and resentment. I see a sister receive favor from others or you, and I grumble when I ought to rejoice. The older brother is alive and well in my heart. And this party isn't even for a prodigal. No, this celebration is for a sister who plowed and planted beside me. We labored together in Your field, both dreaming of a harvest–to bring glory to Your name. And now her crop has come in. I want to stand aside and count, weigh, and measure. "Is it larger than mine?" "Is it better?" And the kicker . ....

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