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Finding Time in the Not-So-Quiet

I’ve been doing some thinking lately. It was sparked from a not-so-quiet yet still-so-sacred morning the other day – a typical every day for me now, on this side of our Jordan. Cartoons were on above the fireplace to entertain the big one, the bed was rocking in the corner to calm the little one....

Go Again: A Lesson in Prayer Perseverance

When I was 27, three years into our family-wait, and on that side of our Jordan, I tripped faith-first, right into a waiting-wall. What’s the use in praying? I wrote the words in my prayer journal one Wednesday afternoon in early spring. If Your will is going to be done anyway, does my praying really...

On That Side of Our Jordan

Remember. It was the first word that came to me during a recent quiet time. And when it did, my mind flashed to this one particular journal from back in 2009 and those raw written words just four pages in and only two weeks into the brand new year. It ended with a verse in...

An Unexpected Kind of Delivery-Room Redemption

So, funny story. In my last blog post, I mentioned in an early-morning letter to this babe just hours before he was born that his story was, indeed, a miracle-story. But more than that, it’s also a redemptive one. In so many ways, through so many tiny little details, God has used Jonathan’s birth to...

Johnson Family, Party of Four

Our entire house was entirely packed up the week before boarding a one-way flight to Maui. Ten years of life and marriage and memories were neatly sorted and labeled and boxed away in a single twenty-foot storage unit. I managed to find a moment alone on that last day, just before we left our high-desert...

Finding Time in the Not-So-Quiet

I’ve been doing some thinking lately. It was sparked from a not-so-quiet yet still-so-sacred morning the other day – a typical every day for me now, on this side of our Jordan. Cartoons were on above the fireplace to entertain the big one, the bed was rocking in the corner to calm the little one....

Go Again: A Lesson in Prayer Perseverance

When I was 27, three years into our family-wait, and on that side of our Jordan, I tripped faith-first, right into a waiting-wall. What’s the use in praying? I wrote the words in my prayer journal one Wednesday afternoon in early spring. If Your will is going to be done anyway, does my praying really...

On That Side of Our Jordan

Remember. It was the first word that came to me during a recent quiet time. And when it did, my mind flashed to this one particular journal from back in 2009 and those raw written words just four pages in and only two weeks into the brand new year. It ended with a verse in...

An Unexpected Kind of Delivery-Room Redemption

So, funny story. In my last blog post, I mentioned in an early-morning letter to this babe just hours before he was born that his story was, indeed, a miracle-story. But more than that, it’s also a redemptive one. In so many ways, through so many tiny little details, God has used Jonathan’s birth to...

Johnson Family, Party of Four

Our entire house was entirely packed up the week before boarding a one-way flight to Maui. Ten years of life and marriage and memories were neatly sorted and labeled and boxed away in a single twenty-foot storage unit. I managed to find a moment alone on that last day, just before we left our high-desert...