Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

God With Us: Erasing Shame

The coming began with a miracle. And it began with erasing shame. Before Mary and Joseph encountered angels, before the birth in Bethlehem, there was another birth. Zechariah and Elizabeth had done everything right:they were faithful, upstanding, close to God. Zechariah was a priest who stood blameless before the Lord – not perfect, but repentant […]

God With Us: For Love

Reading: Hosea 2:8 & 11:1-8* Song: So Long, Moses by Andrew Peterson* The first promise was in Genesis, hot on the heels of the first betrayal: a woman’s seed and a bruised heel, but the serpent would be crushed. The lying mouth would one day be silenced. They come again throughout the years, these promises […]

God With Us: Deliver Us

Welcome, friend! I’m so glad you’re joining me in the midst of this busy season. Each day this week, I’ll share a devotion to help you slow down and experience the story in a new way. I’ve included Scripture readings and songs to enrich the experience. These words are inspired partly by Andrew Peterson’s gorgeous album, […]

How to slow down the holiday madness: remember the story

Things are spinning wild with all the preparations. The Christmas countdown clock says 10 days, 2 hours, 50 minutes, 41 seconds. 40. 39. 38…  I’m trying to balance giving gifts, making plans, preparing for guests, and decorating our home for our first Christmas together. Still, the tree sits naked, not even lights to dress it, […]

Christmas gifts that give back: world-changing presents for everyone on your list

“Every time you spend your money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want” by Anne Lappé via Change Co Are you as overwhelmed as I am with the frenzy of the holidays? All this rush and rustle wears me thin. I love the holidays, and I love giving gifts…but the process […]

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Own Christmas Magic

Everything is shimmering, red and gold. Stores are brimming with baubles that sing of the season, and it’s easy to get caught up in them. Still, the craving for new and pretty makes my heart feel weary and hollow. Is this the source of the Christmas magic? Is this the holiday I want? I want […]

7 soul-filling fall self-care ideas (and why you need them)

I had a fever that wouldn’t come down, no matter what I did. I cradled ice packs to my skin and alternated Tylenol and ibuprofen, lived off of ginger ale and Pedialyte pops for the better part of ten days. There were pain and an ER trip for fluids, tests, and pain meds. I’ve never […]

Where is God when I’m depressed? (In the darkness with me)

I sat at a stoplight, trembling with anxiety’s rattle and hum. The sky was bleak; charcoal clouds seemed to mirror my soul. The familiar fog of depression had rolled in and I was weary of the struggle. It’s exhausting: wrestling to be whole, never shaking the bone-deep loneliness. The fog forms a dense wall, hedging […]

The secret behind my blog

Some of you have asked about writing and how my little blog came to be. The short answer is this: I took a free webinar a few months back with a guy named Jeff Goins that jump started this whole thing. He’s done several trainings over the last week, and is offering a final webinar on […]

You’re full of beauty, meant to be shared. Is it time to put it out there?

You are full of beauty meant to be shared. There is wisdom you’ve gained in hard-won battles. There is strength that’s been forged in the flames of adversity. Don’t you think it’s time to share? /// I think about you often. I wonder about the dreams and desires you keep tucked away and what’s holding […]