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Topics
  • Achievement
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • attachment
  • awareness
  • belonging
  • blessing
  • boundaries
  • bravery
  • brokenness
  • Busyness
  • Capacity
  • children
  • Clarity
  • Comfort

Slow

In the western hemisphere as I write this, it's almost officially summer.  The daylight hours are longer. The temperature is […]
June 16, 2024

Alive

Can you remember the last time you felt lightness in your steps? Can you remember the last time you felt […]
June 2, 2024

Permission

Good morning friends! Can you remember the last time you got into a squabble with a co-worker or friend? Maybe […]
May 26, 2024

Fire

Good morning, friends!  When I was a little girl, I think around 3rd grade, the house next door erupted in […]
May 19, 2024

See

Have you ever met a person on fire for life and ready to change the world? They'll do anything to […]
May 12, 2024

Sanctuary

Good morning friends, I'm wondering the last time you felt scattered? When is the last time your calendar wasn't really […]
May 5, 2024

Glimmer

Good morning friends! Can you remember the last time a feeling came out of nowhere and shocked you by its […]
April 28, 2024

Boundaries

We all have limits on our days don't we? We can't go to every event we are invited to. We […]
April 21, 2024

Time

Good morning everyone! If you are new, welcome! And, to everyone else, I'm glad to be back after some time […]
April 14, 2024

Evolve

Can you remember something you've done for so long that you can't exactly remember when you started? Maybe it's how […]
March 17, 2024

Oxygen

Can you remember the last time the gas in your emotional tank just felt empty? You were dreading something you'd […]
March 10, 2024

Courage

Do you consider yourself a courageous person? Courage: a word that means the ability to do something that frightens you. […]
March 3, 2024

Sit

Can you remember the last time you made yourself still? I mean really still , . . . Several months […]
February 18, 2024

Loosen

Good morning! Today I'm wondering could you name something that you've believed your whole life? Is there a practice you've […]
February 11, 2024

Beginner

Good morning, friends! Can you remember the last time you tried something that you had no prior experience in? Can […]
February 4, 2024

Grief

Lately when someone asks me how I'm doing, I offer this: in the past 4 months, I've led 6 funerals. […]
January 28, 2024

Peace

How am I finding you this morning? Worried? Stressed? Or somewhere in a place of contentment? I know such is […]
November 21, 2023

Dark

When is the last time you took a walk outside of the city limits at night? Do you remember what […]
November 5, 2023

Release

I don't know if you anything like me, but once I find something good I want to hold on to […]
October 29, 2023

Cracked

There are some words in the English language that are used more often in slang. In the case of our […]
October 22, 2023

Repair

Can you remember the last time you yelled (or spoke in a harsh tone) at a family member? Can you […]
October 8, 2023

Present

I don't know if you are like me, but sometimes I make my life more complicated than it needs to […]
October 1, 2023

Crumbs

Today I'm wondering what did gratitude look like in your household growing up? I can remember once as a kid […]
September 24, 2023

Underneath

If you and I were to sit down and have a conversation, how would you say your week has been? […]
September 17, 2023

Reward

When you were a kid and you did something good, would you ask for extra tv or video game time? […]
September 10, 2023

Rooted

Recently in my porch sitting and children chasing and settling into my new home, I've thought a lot about this […]
September 3, 2023

Thrive

Lately have you felt dragging? Have you simply been putting one foot in front of the other? Without energy to […]
July 16, 2023

Comfort

In hard times, we often crave our word for this week: comfort. Comfort: the easing or alleviation of a person's […]
July 9, 2023

Less

Good morning friends! Have you cleaned anything out lately at your house? Find out that have more than you thought […]
July 2, 2023

Fear

If there is anything I know for sure about the members of my household-- my girl child and my husband […]
June 11, 2023

Start

How many times do you and I have great intentions for a new project around our house or at work […]
May 28, 2023

Mom

Good morning friends. Today is a day full of the complexity of what it means to be human. All the […]
May 14, 2023

Truth

If there's anything I know for sure, few people like to talk about lying. Bad people lie. Criminals lie. You […]
April 30, 2023

Rest

Has there been moment in the past couple of weeks when you've felt beyond exhausted? To our tired bodies and […]
March 19, 2023

Clear

Can you remember the last time you received instructions from someone but didn't fully comprehend what was said? So . […]
March 5, 2023

Capacity

This week, on purpose I have selected a word that you've seen in the lineup before, but I don't think […]
February 12, 2023

Anger

Good morning friends! Today I'm wondering if you can remember the last time you were really really upset about something? […]
January 15, 2023

Quiet

Good Sunday morning, friends! Have you ever just felt like you needed to fade in the background for a bit? […]
January 8, 2023

Human

Happy Sunday, friends! I'm wondering when is the last time you did something just because? Can you remember the last […]
November 20, 2022

Blessed

Good morning! Has this been a good week? Have you felt full of gratitude? Happy? If you answer yes (it's […]
November 13, 2022

Expectation

Worst-case scenarios. Planning for the worst. So many what ifs. Have you felt afraid this week? If so, what about? Maybe someone […]
November 6, 2022

Stuck

I'm wondering this morning, how am I finding you? What's new in your world since we last spoke? Recently I […]
October 30, 2022

Capacity

HI friends! Have you missed me? I'm back! These has been sweet days around our household of adjusting to a […]
October 23, 2022

Pause

Can you remember the last time something big happened to you? Maybe it was a time when you started a […]
July 10, 2022

Absorb

Have you ever found yourself sad, angry or just happy not because of anything that happened to you but because […]
July 3, 2022

Freedom

How many long-term relationships do you have in your life in the present day? Do you still talk to someone […]
June 26, 2022

Talk

In so many communities, there’s a “How are you?” “I am fine” sweetness in the air. We don’t say that […]
June 19, 2022

Whiplash

In the fall of 2021, my family and I were involved in a car accident in one of our first […]
June 12, 2022

Humility

Have you ever found yourself in a place where your own advice or bossiness has come back to annoy you? […]
June 5, 2022

Homesick

Do you remember ever going to summer camp or a school trip as a child and missing home something crazy? […]
May 29, 2022

Surrender

Have you had your plans for the upcoming months change unexpectedly? Have you had to let go of an opportunity […]
May 22, 2022

Stability

Are you looking for a new adventure? Want a better job? A new living situation? Ready to hit the road […]
May 15, 2022

Jealous

When is the last time you heard something from a friend that sounded like this . . . "I have […]
May 8, 2022

Launch

I'm wondering-- what's in your heart that you want to do but haven't yet? Maybe it's a truth-telling conversation. Maybe […]
May 1, 2022

Energy

Good morning friend! Thank you for joining me again (or for the first time!) for this weekly Sunday morning pause. […]
April 24, 2022

Courage

When is the last time you knew you were supposed to do something but were afraid? You felt the nudge. […]
April 3, 2022

Prayer

Do you think words are required to communicate with God? Have you ever stopped talking (or not started) talking to […]
March 27, 2022

Empty

When is the last time you felt overwhelmed? Unable to give something your all? Stressed? Such feelings often mean our […]
March 20, 2022

Listen

Is there quiet in your work/ life/ living space? Or does it feel overcrowded? Last year, our family took on […]
March 13, 2022

Intuition

I'm wondering in your experience, how do you know that you know something? Is it a feeling you get? Is […]
March 6, 2022

Essential

I am wondering what have you learned in covid times that was really important to you, but maybe you took […]
February 27, 2022

Openness

Do you have a word for the year? Last year on Epiphany Sunday (early in January) I drew this week's […]
February 20, 2022

Tired

How much sleep did you get this week? How early have you set your alarm? How late did you stay […]
February 13, 2022

Seen

Can you remember the last time you felt unnoticed? Accomplished something big at work and no one said thank you […]
February 6, 2022

Interruption

Good Sunday morning to you, my friend! Today, I'm thinking about how our recent experience of a global pandemic has […]
January 30, 2022

Create

When's the last time you did something just because you enjoyed it? When's the last time you made something or […]
January 23, 2022

Nimble

The past week, how many times have you had to change your plans? Or put a hope for the future […]
January 16, 2022

Body

How are you feeling right now? Would you say something aches in you? Is something sprained or broken? Or are […]
January 9, 2022

Middle

Did a big life change recently happen to you and now you're on an unfamiliar path? Do you feel stuck […]
November 21, 2021

Worry

When is the last time you fretted about something? If you're anything like me you just did that right before […]
November 14, 2021

Honesty

Do you remember a time when you had a conversation with someone whose life seemed 10x better than yours? For […]
November 7, 2021

Selfish

I'm wondering when is the last time that someone has referred to you as this week's word: selfish? Maybe you […]
October 24, 2021

Trust

How hard is it for you to open up and be yourself around new people? Or does it take many, […]
October 17, 2021

Know

Have you ever had a feeling in your gut that you couldn't explain but was STRONG? To this situation enter our word […]
October 10, 2021

Preparation

Can you remember the last time you were getting ready for some event of importance? Planning a long vacation. Making […]
October 3, 2021

Unraveled

Is there anything that you've been holding on to for dear life? It could be an emotional state (like trying […]
September 26, 2021

Wait

Are you yearning for something that is not yet? I know I am. How do you feel? Are you hopeful? […]
September 19, 2021

Intention

This week I'm wondering this: how often do you stop and think about WHYs of your actions? I have to […]
September 12, 2021

Friendship

"Tell me about your friends." Such is a question we often ask each other if we're trying to really get […]
September 5, 2021

Discernment

How do I know what God wants me to do in _____ situation? In my day job as a pastor, […]
August 29, 2021

Wisdom

Have you been in a hard space in your life lately? Have you felt confused or conflicted about a decision? […]
August 22, 2021

Geography

Have you lived in one place your whole life or have you moved around a lot or somewhere in between? […]
August 15, 2021

Sabbath

Have you taken a break lately from your normal routine? Sabbath, as I define it is time set apart for […]
August 8, 2021

Help

How many times have you thought to yourself, "What a stupid idea it was to do this task alone!" Or, […]
August 1, 2021

Presence

How many times have you seen a loved one walk through a hard season and feel helpless? (Maybe that's this week!) […]
July 25, 2021

Aware

Do you have a bucket list? Working on completing it? Or do you just put thoughts like that out of […]
July 18, 2021

Unresolved

How often do you not sleep well because you've got something on your mind? I am known to work out whatever is […]
July 4, 2021

Miracle

I've heard it said that people of faith sure do love the impossible. Cancer. Infertility. A freak accident. A family […]
June 27, 2021

No

Have you had a busy week? I know I have. Parenting. Plans to be made for the future. Phone calls. […]
June 20, 2021

Space

I’ve been thinking a lot about the silence spaces that fill so many of our day-to-day conversations and relationships. A friend’s flippant […]
June 13, 2021

Joy

It’s all the craze thanks to this Netflix show and I have to admit that I have joined the bandwagon. I recently […]
June 6, 2021

Limitations

Soulmate? Or Best friend forever? Or in the words of Jerry Maguire, "You complete me!" Language like this runs deep […]
May 30, 2021

Discipline

How regimented are you about getting things done? This week's word is one that addresses just this: discipline. Discipline when […]
May 23, 2021

Advocate

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the problems in this world? Do you ever wonder, what's the point? I'm just […]
May 16, 2021

Mother

Now, I know if you opened this email with the title in the subject line: you are brave. Today is […]
May 9, 2021

Desire

Welcome to your first Word of the Week Sunday email! I'd love to introduce myself to you here. I am currently […]
April 25, 2021