What To Do With Ourselves in the Land of COVID-19

Yesterday was busy in the land of COVID-19. I rose early, as usual, and drank coffee and wrote. Before the sun was fully up, I went to the grocery and … Continue reading What To Do With Ourselves in the Land of COVID-19

There is No COVID19 in Storyland

“I will tell you something about stories . . . They aren’t just entertainment. Don’t be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off … Continue reading There is No COVID19 in Storyland

A Roadmap to Peace When You Are Afraid

Our world has gone crazy with fear. This week, I was thinking about the youth at my church and how this time must be really overwhelming for them. So, I … Continue reading A Roadmap to Peace When You Are Afraid

A Bedtime Story For An Anxious World

The first possession I remember treasuring was a little red tricycle. I was very small when I received it, too small, in fact to work the pedals. I remember the … Continue reading A Bedtime Story For An Anxious World

The Mundane and the Monumental: Clinging to Easter on Monday Morning

This is a re-post of my Jesus Calling blog post, April 1, 2018. It feels especially appropriate today. I hope you are encouraged. Six days before Easter morning, I found … Continue reading The Mundane and the Monumental: Clinging to Easter on Monday Morning

Are You Tired, or Are You Weary? Why the Difference Matters to God.

Work, Work, Work I worked as a maid during my first year in college, and it was a year in which I wasn’t just bone-tired, I was weary. This is … Continue reading Are You Tired, or Are You Weary? Why the Difference Matters to God.

#1 Life-Hack for Exhausted Moms

Faithful Daughter Author, Ami McConnel Guest Post! My beautiful, determined sixteen-year-old daughter Maddie recently got her driver’s license. Friends ask me if I’m worried. Truth is I might be—if I … Continue reading #1 Life-Hack for Exhausted Moms

What Is Lent, and Why Is It Worth My Time and Effort?

Lent is the 46-day penitential season between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It is a time to prepare our hearts anew for resurrection. If you didn’t grow up in a church … Continue reading What Is Lent, and Why Is It Worth My Time and Effort?

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Pass the Pancakes- It’s Shrove Tuesday!

Most of us have heard of Mardi Gras, but unless you are part of a liturgical tradition, you may not know Mardi Gras’s twin- Shrove Tuesday. What is Shrove Tuesday? … Continue reading Pass the Pancakes- It’s Shrove Tuesday!

How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

Waiting for God is hard work. Throughout my adult life I have spent long, painful seasons waiting for God to bring… Over and over, I have cried with the the … Continue reading How Long, Lord? When Waiting is Hard Work

What the World Needs Now is Love, Love, Love

It is Valentine’s Day, and the world needs love… We need bigger love than roses, chocolates, or sentimental cards. Our world is aching for a love that forgives and heals, … Continue reading What the World Needs Now is Love, Love, Love

How mindfulness helps with stress

What is Your “Default” in Times of Stress?

This week, I made a promise to myself to take steps to get out of my lizard brain by using mindfulness. And there are lots of ways to get there!