Faith

Searching For Sunday

April 14, 2015
Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

I’m trying to find words other than GO BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW to tell you about Rachel Held Evan’s new book Searching for Sunday. So let me start with these words from the back cover. Like millions of her millenial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the […]

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The day we thought we lost you

April 2, 2015
The day we thought we lost you. | InspiredRD.com

I pulled into the garage and felt a gush of water. It felt like my water had broken, but it wasn’t your birthday. In fact, I was only 9 weeks pregnant with you. Shaking, I ran into the house calling for your daddy to come get Joe out of the car. When I saw the […]

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Thoughts on being enough

March 26, 2015
Thoughts on Being Enough | InspiredRD.com

Lately there seems to be a common theme among women my age.  The idea that social media has taken what once was enough and turned it into a guilt-filled rat race that we can never win. As my friends and I sit in living rooms with mugs of coffee hashing out what it means to be “enough” in […]

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Follow me…or don’t.

March 2, 2015
When we compare ourselves to others, we miss out on what we were made for. | InspiredRD.com

I realized something icky about myself the other day. Far too often I measure my self-worth by a number on a screen. It hit me that no matter how many followers I have, no matter how much traffic my blog gets, no matter what circles I nudge my way into, I will never feel like […]

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An Invitation

February 10, 2015
An Invitation | InspiredRD.com

On Saturday at the IF:Gathering, seven women of various ethnicities sat on stage together and had a frank talk about race. As someone who has spent the last six months trying to listen and learn from people outside my little Gilbert, Arizona bubble, I appreciated the intentionality of this conversation. I asked my friend Laila to […]

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Don’t miss it

February 7, 2015
Jo Saxton - IF:Gathering

When my husband was playing minor league baseball, I dreamed about the day when he would be a big league pitcher and I could start doing meaningful philanthropy work. We would give lots of money away because we would have millions of dollars. We would have big impact in the community because we would have a […]

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One step.

February 4, 2015
IF:Gathering

I tried not to go to the IF:Gathering in Austin this year. I even gave away my original ticket. I had surgery two weeks ago, and can hardly walk to the mailbox and back. I was more than content to attend IF:Local with women from my community. But the door kept opening, the nudges kept coming, and they have […]

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Grace

January 2, 2015
Goals and Grace | InspiredRD.com

My one word for 2014 was Quiet. Over the past year, I have learned how to exhale, sit with a cup of tea, and just be for a moment. Quiet was exactly what I needed. This year, what I need more than anything is grace. I’m tired of beating myself up at the end of the […]

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Procrastinator’s Gift Guide that Gives Back (no gift-wrapping required)

December 20, 2014
Gifts that Give Back - Procrastinator's Edition

Oh hey, it’s only a few days until Christmas. Are you finished shopping yet? Or are you a procrastinator like me? Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall or paying through the teeth for overnight shipping, how about giving one of these gifts that give back? You don’t even have to wrap them (just […]

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It’s a lot harder to be awesome when you’re trying to be someone else.

August 29, 2014
Be you. Be awesome. | Inspiredrd.com

Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to be awesome when you’re trying to be someone else? My friends and I have been talking about fear and weakness lately.  About what happens when we focus on our weaknesses, when we think about all the ways we don’t measure up to others, when we […]

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