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Byzconsin: What I Miss on a Sunday Morning

Y’all are gonna think I’m crazy, but I have to say, I miss the hour plus drive we used to take to get to the Monastery back in California. Really, really miss it. Seriously.We are now down the road from the monastery like I wanted to be for years but Sunday mornings are just not the same without that drive.  […]

Learning to Carry My Daily Crosses and Breaking Out of Vicious Cycles

Learning to Carry My Daily Crosses and Breaking Out of Vicious Cycles

Vacation time recently ended for us. Manny took a week off from work because we were supposed to go to New Mexico to visit his family and enjoy the beautiful state. Sadly, we had to cancel, and Manny spent his vacation working on our vehicles. I felt horrible the entire time he was off. Not that it was my fault, […]

by · July 25, 2017 · 1 comment · Daily Life, Faith
Celebrating Saint Paisios with Our Son

Celebrating Saint Paisios with Our Son

July 12th is the feast of Saint Paisios the New of Mount Athos. I have loved Elder Paisios since meeting him in The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides. I love him so much that one of our sons is named Lucas Paisios. The saint is someone whose example of a beautiful, simple, child-like faith is needed in our times. […]

Final Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Conference

Final Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Conference

I recently shared some thoughts about the Ancient Faith Writing Conference. Well, there is so much to share that I have two more perspectives for you! My experience as a mother of a writer, and my experience as a writer: A Mother of a Writer My oldest daughter, Scarlett is also a writer. She is going to Lakeland University for […]

St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

Whether you’ve read The Benedict Option or not, there is a good chance you’ve heard of it or even had a discussion about it. This book written by Rod Dreher has spurred many important discussions on how we as Christians should build community. It has also brought Saint Benedict of Nursia and monasticism into the mainstream conversation among Christians. What Dreher is describing is real […]

3 Perspectives on the Ancient Faith Writing Conference

3 Perspectives on the Ancient Faith Writing Conference

Without a doubt, my experience at the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference was blessed and unique. There are so many things to share from the event that I’m having a hard time choosing one! Instead of choosing, I’ll write a few posts. Today I’ll share what the conference and the long trip away from home meant to me from […]

by · June 30, 2017 · 3 comments · Daily Life
Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

In this continued conversation, I want to discuss having the right intention when undertaking the work of building up the Body of Christ and over-romanticizing community life. The two are closely related, and when our intentions are misplaced, we can be on dangerous building ground. Humans are unique in our ability to dream, as we do. We do not merely […]

Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Recently, I shared some thoughts on what it means to live in […]

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