March 4, 2016

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All Shall Be Well Even When It Isn’t Now

We can be assured that God’s love indeed means that all will be well, but here and now this truth must be held in faith rather than full understanding. Julian of Norwich In my last post, I described how at a silent retreat I was wrestling with big questions and learning to rest in the […]

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January 29, 2016

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All Shall Be Well

We can be assured that God’s love indeed means that all will be well, but here and now this truth must be held in faith rather than full understanding. Julian of Norwich A dear friend invited me to join her on a two-night silent retreat at a Benedictine monastery in December. It was perfectly timed as […]

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July 13, 2015

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Which Well Are You Drinking From?

“What do you most want to hear from God?” I’ve asked that question to many people. The overwhelming answer is, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Very few say, “This is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.” “Well done, good and faithful servant” comes from a parable Jesus tells of a master […]

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March 25, 2015

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Camellia or Onion?

We have a camellia bush that hasn’t bloomed for five years. This year it made up for it with white outweighing green. I’ve been mesmerized by the unfolding patterns. It made me wonder. Would I rather see myself as a camellia or an onion?   There’s a popular illustration that we are like onions, unaware […]

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April 12, 2016

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Leaning In and Making Space

A Conversation with Sandra McCracken and Kenny Meeks A small gathering of musicians, potters, painters, writers, and other artists captured a few quiet moments of food and conversation with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken and musician Kenny Meeks in the home of Birmingham painter and InSpero founder, Gina Hurry. In hopes you can be encouraged—and feel less alone—in your own […]

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September 23, 2015

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Flying Broken

I’m speaking on “Does Beauty Matter?”  at Q Commons Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Theater in Birmingham. Please come hear how InSpero and other local groups are impacting the city. Below are some thoughts on why I joined Gina in this “unexpected” journey to bring beauty and hope to Birmingham through creative community.  I used […]

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August 11, 2015

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The Fretting Bee

I never thought I was a worrier. Then I had kids. Our mom’s weekly prayer group should have been called a “fretting bee” as we agonized through each stage of childhood. We carefully stitched together prayers for averting disasters and diseases, fixing mistakes, squelching rebellions and navigating social situations. We tried to quilt our kids […]

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June 9, 2015

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The 11th Commandment

THOU SHALT NOT POSTPONE JOY In our home, I prominently display a plaque with a photo below it of our younger family backdropped by mountains and crystal-blue Colorado sky. I bought the sign to mark this snapshot moment and stop our holding-pattern life. But my husband and I returned home to habitual joy-postponing. I was tempted to give it to someone who would […]

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December 31, 2014

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10 Things I Re-Learned in 2014

Photos courtesy Bill Carroll 1. I can’t “shake it off.” I’ve got to write it down. As a really late bloomer, if I don’t write it down, it’s gone. Hence, lists. One of God’s most repeated exhortations in Scripture is “Remember” for a reason. He knows how easily we forget. So when Emily Freeman from […]

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December 24, 2014

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The Triple-Layer Christmas Letter

‘Tis the season to get those “our-kids-are-taking-a-break-from-Harvard-to-serve-in-the-Peace-Corps” Christmas letters. Seriously. Let me run barefooted through a Lego minefield on a hardwood floor in the dark. I realize the annual Christmas update letters are not the place to bare your family’s souls. But why is it, even in innocent holiday cards (which I love receiving by […]

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