Writer’s Burnout and the Benefits of Writing Book Reviews

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At the height of my burnout I emailed a dear writing colleague and confided in her, “I’m burnt out on Christianity. I don’t want to write anything that has to deal with faith anymore.”

When Poverty Doesn’t Look Like We Expected: A Call to Love

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People patiently waited along the wall of the church. Each would receive a box of food donated by the community. The well-dressed gentleman waited his turn. His boots shined and polished, glistened in the sun.

Book Review: At Home in Exile

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A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.  Mark 6:4 Sometimes we are foreign in our own faith and homeland. I’m currently reading At Home

Joy is Feeling Welcome No Matter Your Circumstance

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September, 2015 We walked along the track at our neighborhood high school – Harlandale High. Training for a half marathon comes with much dedication.* The evening was warm because a September in south Texas are

We Will Be Held Accountable for Our Poor

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2015 My (then) fiance and I sat elbow to elbow in a booth at a local eatery called The Pig Stand – the type of eatery where your legs get stuck to the booth when

Book Review: Play With Fire

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Bianca Juárez Olthoff is the Chief Storyteller at The A21 Campaign, a global anti-human trafficking organization. She is author of Play with Fire: Discovering Fierce Faith, Unquenchable Passion, and a Life-Giving God.  Comparing her deliverance

When You Don’t Quite Fit In: Eradicating The Fear of “Other”

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It’s often hard for me to fit into circles because I’m not brave enough, Latina enough, writerly enough, motherly enough, socially conscious enough, and sometimes not Christian enough. What? Is there such a thing as

There Are Questions No Human Person Can Ever Answer and That Has to Be Okay

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Why is God letting this happen? Where is God right now? We hear the questions loud and clear because more often than not, we’re the ones who utter them. And if we’re not asking them,

#FiveMinuteFriday: Help

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I’m joining #FiveMinuteFriday over at Kate Motaung’s place. The five-minute free write word is HELP.  Here is what I’ve written with no edits, no corrections, etc. This is five minutes of free flowing natural writing. The

Re-Centering My Spirit: A FB Hiatus & What I’m Learning About Being Fully Present

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It’s hard for me to completely unplug from Facebook. I’m a compulsive Facebook checker/scroller/commenter/cheerleader/opinionater. It’s not something I’m especially proud of. After we married, my husband purchased a book for me which gave me a