to try

I took a writing class over the summer. For six weeks each Thursday night from 6:00 to 9:00 I met with my classmates at the Writer House here in Charlottesville. We gathered to write and study creative nonfiction. On the first night our professor told us something that I’ve been mulling over ever since… The … Continue reading to try

little specs of light

I wrote a blog post last week and then didn’t publish it. Everything felt too raw and uncertain. To be honest everything still feels a little raw and uncertain, but I’ve found that when I speak things out into the open they tend to get less scary and I tend to feel less alone. I’ve … Continue reading little specs of light

sick day

This week is one of those weeks when I need some extra grace from myself. I woke up yesterday morning with a head cold that left me lightheaded and stuffy all day. We have a puppy – I’m sure she’s come up a time or two here already. Her name is Britt and she is … Continue reading sick day

The God Who Sees Me

This is the first in a new series called Lamplight Studies. Check out this post for an introduction.  ◊◊◊ The other day I wondered “what’s in a name?” As I reflected on changing my name, my mind kept drifting to Hagar’s story in Genesis chapter 16. In this story Hagar calls God “El-roi,” which means, “God … Continue reading The God Who Sees Me

noticing God in nature

Every fall from 7th to 12th grade I would load up in a fifteen-passenger van with my church youth group friends and head to Leakey, Texas. It took about three hours, and around hour number two the sky would get dark and I would gaze out the back window at all of the stars. When we finally … Continue reading noticing God in nature