A Definite, Infinite, Intimate Word

We refused to say goodbye,                                                                                                    …

Romance and Reality

I am a hopeless romantic…sometimes. When I was younger I longed for the day prince charming would come on a horse, scoop me into his arms, and ride away with me into the sunset. I loved fairy tales. All of it was magic and the worst that could happen involved dragons and bad guys but…

Known and Loved and Whole

“Feels like you’ve lost yourself again; sit in the silence of a friend. When you are known and fully loved you have a home.”  Joel Ansett   The day I broke I was sitting on the stairs watching the reality of a fallen world through a screen door. In the moment, I vowed to myself…

A Book for the Cases: Dangerous Territory

“My understanding of the language of faith needed to undergo the same kind of deconstruction and reconstruction for me to love it and use it rightly”  Amy Peterson   Amy’s voice is honest. In this memoir spanning two years she explores the love, grit, and heartbreak of sharing Jesus overseas in Southeast Asia. She debunks…

Paint Chips and Explosions

On Wednesday June 28th, 2017 at 4:53 pm there was an explosion. I was in a garden sitting on a tilted bench trying to quiet my scattered brain. Ten minutes in, I got a notification from the police about an explosion on my universities campus. Only a few seconds later I received another message from…

Intimacy is Better than Novelty

“When you start to think about songs in the world, you realize that about 99% of them are about the novelty of love. I like novelty just as much as everyone else does. It’s fun to be in the mountains and go to Brazil and see the big Jesus statue…but there is something that some…

Always a Mission Impossible

There are many people I admire, but one at the top of the list is Mother Theresa. For many reasons she is a great spiritual influence but what most captivates me is the simplicity of her service. It doesn’t take a spectacle to change a life. Her voice echoes in many ears: “If you can’t…

Why Write?

Flannery O’Connor writes it well: “I write because I don’t know what I think until read what I write”   The writing process is different for many people. What remains across the board in the literary world is this: writing is hard. Sure, you can write a quick story or come up with a quick…

A Book for the Cases: Love Lives Here

Her story begins and ends with fire; A fire that burnt down a place of refuge, a place symbolizing many memories and a place full of lots of love. Sweet Maria Goff, as her husband Bob affectionately calls her, vulnerably chronicles the story of her growth in love, Jesus, and hospitality. Her sanctuary and ministry…

Scouting Scotland: One Year Later

My mind tends to move slowly when my body is moving fast. One year ago today, I was settling into a palace fit for Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. As I traveled to a country with my roots to learn about writing, it blew my mind to think that I was doing what I…

Kindness in Unlikely Places

In a world with a face full frustrations, we all need some daily reminders to be kind. Just last week I was in a slightly smelly bathroom washing my hands. I turned to get some paper towels and saw kindness in the window. The longstanding Wilson hall bathroom in slow Murray Kentucky was the last…

Off-the-Grid Embracing the Bear

There are still many pages to be written on. I love hearing stories from people who have lived off-the-grid. They exchange the complexity of the connected age for simplicity in the wilderness. There is no electricity, water sewage, or Wi-Fi, just them, their home, and all the elements. It takes a lion-heart to live a…