One Word for 2019: Renew

What it might look like to live this year in expectant hope of renewal? To walk in the sureness of the promise that the Lord’s Word will not return void. That He is a Father who renews and restores, that He will make all things new. 


I have been thinking about all the things that help us become who we are. The pieces of our lives that we hold on to, and the things we are forced to let go. The ashes scattered in our side yard, and the children who teach us about surrender. . .

Something New

Lately, I’ve been fantasizing about quitting everything. 

My hero (Father G, obviously) describes the difference between exhaustion and burnout. He says that exhaustion happens when we have been working hard and long, and we are simply tired. When we are exhausted, we need rest. But burnout happens when we are trying to save people, stepping into a role we were never designed to fill. 

How to teach gratitude this Christmas

As a director of a nonprofit in urban Atlanta, during the holiday season my inbox inevitably fills with emails from parents eager to “give back.”   “Do we know a family they can buy Christmas gifts for?” parents ask. “Can they bring their kids down to serve a meal, to deliver presents?”

Build Something Beautiful

I wanted to take a minute and invite all of you, my friends across the oceans and around the corner, to be a part of our vision - to build something beautiful alongside us. To build community and relationships. To build hope and grace and a deep belief in second chances. And third chances and forth ones. To build a movement of neighbors and friends who believe the creation of a place more beautiful and hopeful is not only possible, but something we can all play a role in creating.

How to be brave

Have you ever felt the kind of fear that leaves you immobilized? 

You know those moments - when you’re afraid and cant move into the places you find yourself drawn, because fear whispers louder than faith? 

April Prayer of Confession

We confess that as the world turns slow in its arc around the sun, so too we are slow to turn from sin towards you. Help us, Father, to reflect your love and hope to a world in desperate need of light. We want to be the moon, steadfast in our own orbit reflecting you.