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SheLoves Magazine is a community of women committed to God’s imperatives of love and justice in the world led by Idelette McVicker. Back in the early days when the magazine had just made it’s on-line debut, Idelette invited me to write about spirituality. From there our friendship grew – and so did my role at SheLoves! Now we conspire together, and much of that can be seen on the pages and posts of SheLoves each month. What an amazing group of dangerous women!


{ ShePonders: Apologies }
With all the goodness last week, I neglected to mention I was over at SheLoves Magazine last Thursday sharing about good apologies. I believe we need to be practice good apologies, so we are intentional in our home about what constitutes an apology. If you're interested, read more over at SheLoves Magazine!
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{ ShePonders: Homemaking }
I’ve been doing a lot of homemaking recently. Several weeks ago I discovered that third grade boys hurled mean words at my daughter. My reaction came swift – shared tears, long hugs, soothing words, calls to the teacher and rallying a community of friends around her to mend what was broken. Now I check in often, and ask for greater detail, about what happened on the playground with other kids. And I’ve empowered both my son and daughter to advocate…
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{ ShePonders: Home(s) }
  I grew up in a middle class home, complete with two parents and a dog. Home meant safety, enough food and plenty of love. My parents held to the adage that good fences made for good neighbors, so we had high fences and polite neighbors. A single family detached home seemed to be the ideal. Everyone in the suburbs wanted one. Raised to crave space and safety I dreamed of my own home someday filled with good things –…
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{ ShePonders: Mean Words }
She burst into my room, darted for the bed and held fast to my side. Then an explosion of tears scattered across her chocolate cheeks. Through the breath-robbing sobs she said, “They’re mean to me, mom, so mean to me!” She looked me in the eyes and shouted, “I hate third grade! They’re so mean in third grade!” And then came the soft spoken confession – for weeks a group of boys taunted her on the playground at recess calling…
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things I’m into… including the #transitlounge
This was the inaugural month for the #TransitLounge book club. Together, friends from Luxembourg, UK, Canada and all across the US read Inspiration & Incarnation by Peter Enns. We read, tweeted and then posted our reflections. I loved seeing tweets throughout the weeks, reminding me of our collaborative read and sparking my own thinking about the OT issues raised by Enns. Fellow readers provoked me, made me laugh and added their expertise to my reading. I also discovered some new…
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{ ShePonders: Wells }
There’s a girl at the well. Any Jewish person would crack a knowing smile – because perched on the horizon is romance. Think of all the encounters at a well that resulted in betrothal – Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel, Moses and Zipporah. Consider this an Old Testament meme. Around a well people meet up and marry. Wells were also an essential part of life in arid lands. People would journey to wells to water their livestock. Sojourners sought…
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entering lent
Lent is upon us, dawning tomorrow morning like a slow sunrise. What will come to light for many is that now's the time to let go, step back, even relinquish. Now restraint leads us, as if from behind, to a new destination. The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday. A smear of oil and ash across the forehead to remind us of fragility and yet resurrected possibility, too. It's a season for holding ambiguity and contradictions; less to be more,…
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{ SheLoves Well… really, she does! }
This Valentine’s Day we want to come together, purely and simply for the benefit of our Batwa friends in Bubanza by pooling our resources, so they may have a fresh water well. (Who needs roses and chocolate, if our friends can have water?)   Would you consider asking nine of your friends to stand with you and form a Circle of Grace—each person contributing $10–so we can build this well together? Altogether, we are asking 100 SheLoves friends—yes, you, Beautiful one—to form a giving circle with…
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{ ShePonders: Swords into Plowshares }
Isaiah describes the scene perfectly – people stream up the mountain to Jerusalem seeking the counsel of the Lord and come down with wisdom. The Lord arbitrates between the nations and they decide to beat their swords into plowshares turning weapons into more useful (and peaceful) tools. The upshot of it all - no more armed conflicts, no more war colleges. This is what the prophet imagines it will be like ‘in the days to come.’ Micah entertains the same…
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{ ShePonders: Mary’s Song }
  [caption id="attachment_510" align="alignleft" width="150"] via Creative Commons[/caption] Some moments generate such momentum that song spills out naturally. Right in the middle of Les Miserables I became a gushing spring - singing aloud, waving my arms so caught in the moment and held captive by a Kingdom-size dream. In a unique way song allowed my voice to climb and try to keep pace with my soaring spirit. No wonder Mary turned to song when the angel announced the conception of…
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