Tagged with spirituality

Six Weeks of One-Word Prayers

Six Weeks of One-Word Prayers

You don’t know what the story is about when you’re in the middle of it. You think you do, but you don’t. You make up all kinds of possible story lines: this is about growing up. Or this is about living without fear. You can guess all you want, but you don’t know. All you … Continue reading

The Sunday She Stood

The Sunday She Stood

I was 30 years old the first time I heard a woman preach. And no, it wasn’t a women’s conference. Or a Bible study. She wasn’t a visiting missionary, or giving that cute little mini message that happens before the actual sermon. I mean honest-to-goodness-Sunday-morning-real-deal-preaching. I happened to be at a church I drop in on … Continue reading

When Christians Give You A Scalded Toast Heart

When Christians Give You A Scalded Toast Heart

I grew up in Sunday School. A non-descript room with squeaky linoleum floors, wooden chairs arranged as neat and precise as we were expected to behave. I can still hear our thin childish voices filling the rafters with unabashed joy during worship, chubby hands clapping and waving wildly with the actions, shouting about our Jesus. … Continue reading

Waiting (Impatiently) for Your Spring

Waiting (Impatiently) for Your Spring

  Spring has an obvious way of making its presence known here on the West Coast. Cherry blossom trees erupt—literally erupt—all over the city. I find cherry blossom trees completely magical—almost otherworldly. The way they unexpectedly burst into a symphony of exquisiteness, seemingly one day to the next. They make plain, ramshackle houses look like … Continue reading

When God Asks You to Take Out the Trash

When God Asks You to Take Out the Trash

I hate taking out the garbage. It is by far the worst of all household tasks. It might be my superhuman olfactory senses. Or because the colossal effort it requires to take out the trash remains unappreciated to the naked eye, tucked under the sink. It may have a smidge to do with the fact … Continue reading

Finding Hope In A Slice Of Lasagna

Finding Hope In A Slice Of Lasagna

Late one evening, the night before a glorious Easter morning celebration, we received a phone call. The worst kind of phone call. I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and padded to our little office. My husband was standing there, phone still warm in his hand, all colour drained from his face. He stared … Continue reading

If I Hear You Go Quiet

If I Hear You Go Quiet

When I was a little girl, long black hair swinging in the wind, I accompanied my Opa and Oma to church one Sunday morning. They attended a small Mennonite Brethren church, not unlike the one my family attended at the time, filled with industrious, strong and steady German immigrants. As we shuffled down the aisle, … Continue reading

Confessions Of A Ball Hog

Confessions Of A Ball Hog

“I was forced to be blatantly honest with my SheLoves family about All.The.Feelings I was experiencing.” Two weeks ago, I wrote about (finally) saying YES to a big, hairy dream God had placed in my heart: raising $10,000 to provide desperately needed sanitary pads, hygiene products and life skills training to a school of 250 … Continue reading

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

*A huge thank you to my ridiculously talented sister Shannon Delmonico, who turned my Word document into this gorgeous-ness.