Life Beloved

The Promise of Freedom: Wounding Places, pt 1

Back in my dating years, I’d occasionally come across men who boasted “no baggage.” This, in my opinion, was one of the biggest red flags possible in the nice-to-meet-you stage. Our baggage has many names: issues, junk, problems, troubles, difficulties and more. And we’ve…

May 1, 2017
Self Care & Acceptance

Body Peace: An Alternative to the Madness

I am frustrated and a little angry about my  social media feeds these days. They are cram-jam full of pictures of so-called “clean eating” creations, earnest declarations about willpower and quotes about commitment typed over “before” pictures of people standing in front of a…

January 6, 2017
Life Beloved

True Identity: Finding God, Finding You

Welcome to another guest post at Accordant Life! While I’m on maternity leave, a group of friends is here serving you with their writing. Today’s piece comes from Maretha Retief. Enjoy! Have you ever wondered whether you are good enough? Have people’s opinions or circumstances influenced…

August 17, 2016
Life Beloved

Living Generosity: No Strangers Among Us

Welcome to another guest post at Accordant Life! While I’m on maternity leave, a group of friends is here serving you with their writing. Today’s piece comes from Colleen Arnold. Enjoy! The back of my beautiful house looks down onto the river. Many people walk or…

August 3, 2016
Self Care & Acceptance

Accepting Life as It Is: A Sweet Surrender

Welcome to another guest post at Accordant Life! While I’m on maternity leave, a group of friends is here serving you with their writing. Today’s piece comes from Julie Loos. Enjoy! My favorite ice cream is Chocolate Volcano. Chocolate ice cream with gooey hot fudge, brownie…

July 20, 2016
Living with Intention

Sharing Jesus Out of Obligation & How to Avoid It

Welcome to Accordant Life’s first ever guest post! While I’m on maternity leave, a group of friends will be here serving you with their writing. Our first guest is Katie Axelson. Enjoy this piece; I did! I sat on the airplane frantically searching my brain…

July 6, 2016
Discover

Life: The Worthwhile Mess

Life is a mess. And I don’t mean that in a “hot mess” kind of way. It’s not even a reference to all the tragedy, unkindness, violence, hatred, shaming and simple evil we see all around us in recent and not-so-recent news. I mean…

June 16, 2016
Self Care & Acceptance

The Power of Saying “I Don’t Know”

Sometimes, all I can say is, “I don’t know.” And the truth is that I sometimes hate that answer. We feel like others expect us to know; sometimes, I expect myself to know…pretty much everything. My expectations (as they often are) are based on…

June 8, 2016