Category Archives: The Kitchen Table

What Makes for a Life Well-Lived?

A few weeks ago, the world lost a bright, burning light named Rachel Held Evans. Rachel was an incredible writer and speaker whose influence, particularly on people who felt ostracized by the evangelical community, simply can’t be understated. Her death—and, more specifically, the public response to her death—got me thinking about the incredible impact she…

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Saying Yes & Staying Sane: How to Avoid the Trap of Overcommitment

Confession: I’m an over-committer. If a request comes my way—especially something related to my work, or to helping someone else—I really squint at my calendar to see if I can squeeze it in. I like to feel needed, and asking someone like me to do something is like offering candy to a kid when his…

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Knowing, Loving & Changing the World: An Ordinary Girl’s Advice on How to Make a Difference

“True hope is always hard. It is not a passive wishing. It is an active exercise, a choice, an intention. Hope means giving up apathy and despair and instead embracing the uncertainty that terrifies you. It is the sacrifice of keeping your heart soft.” Jena Lee Nardella, One Thousand Wells Jena Lee Nardella is one…

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