May 19, 2014

How I Thought Being a Mom Disqualified Me from the Sabbath

I grew up on "Little House on the Prairie" reruns and flannel board Sunday school lessons. Good and wholesome. But somewhere between Nellie Oleson's antics and the fabric loaves and fishes, I missed a few key points. Like what I believed about the Sabbath. I thought God finished all his...Read more +
May 18, 2014


From 1916 to 1939, Justice Louis Brandeis sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Once, right before the start of an important trial, Justice Brandeis took a short vacation—and drew heavy criticism for it. But Brandeis delivered an excellent defense. “I need rest,” he said. “I find that I can do...Read more +
May 22, 2014

Community Post: When You're Too Tired for Sabbath

We haven’t gone to church regularly in weeks. A long winter, work schedule changes and a church move at the beginning of the year have left us in the middle. Facing a string of sabbath free weeks turned spiritual black hole. And the bounced check void I feel when acknowledging...Read more +
May 20, 2014

Community Post: The No-Laundry-on-Sunday Sabbath

It's a Friday afternoon. I wait for my mother’s arrival, and can only imagine how our lives are about to change. Years-in-the-making rhythms of daily prayers, Scripture reading, and study—as well as weekly Sabbath worship and rest—are like breathing, eating, and morning coffee. It wouldn’t be life without them. But...Read more +
May 11, 2014

Surprised by Motherhood Every Single Day

There are so many things they don't tell you when you become a mom. Sure, they tell you about all the necessary breathing exercises for during labor, but they don't tell you how to breathe through the fiery rage that will one day burst out of you in staccato sentences...Read more +
Apr 21, 2014

Community Post: Why Did I Say "Yes"?

This one is for all those whose workplace is behind the steering wheel of a minivan — those who are privileged to call themselves stay-at-home moms and yet wonder why they’re always in the car. When my daughter was three years old, some generous friends of ours gifted us with...
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Apr 13, 2014

Contemplating the Passion of Christ

Do you observe Good Friday? If you are part of a sacramental or liturgical Christian tradition, your church will probably have a service Friday night. Less formal traditions may not have official Good Friday services but may find other ways to present the story of the passion of Jesus. I...Read more +
Mar 27, 2014

Community Post: Families and Sports

Last night I walked into the a Little League ballpark to watch a friend's son play in his first game. As I entered the gates, long-lost childhood memories of spending summer evenings at the local ballpark came rushing back. I was surprised that I had forgotten such fond memories, and...
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