Tangled Hopes & Fears

Last week, I packed my bags and headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan to the Festival of Faith and Writing. When my friend, Kristen, casually mentioned this event in the Fall, it immediately caught my interest. Like a small seed that took hold, over time, the idea grew and I felt compelled to go. I didn’t have an agenda. I didn’t have a book proposal. I wasn’t there with hopes to charm my way into the hands of an editor. But, questions around faith and writing are continuously stirring for me and I sensed this Festival would give me some guidance….

The Unfolding Path

Making a list of goals and resolutions didn’t lure me this January. However, one invitation came through my inbox I couldn’t ignore. Christine Valters-Painter, creative author and online abbess, tenderly asked her subscribed readers to join in on “Give Me a Word 2016”. Each day, for 12 days, I received an offered spiritual practice for how to allow a word to choose me for the upcoming year. In the past, I’ve participated in similar notions, where I chose a word that appealed to me for the year. But, this was different. Instead of grabbing an interesting word and attempting to…

Soul Kindling

Hi friends, My hope is you’ve had a restful few weeks. Since this is the beginning of the year, and a fresh start, you are more than welcome to unsubscribe to the weekly blog if you are sensing your inbox is too full. Looking forward to seeing where God takes us this 2016 year! Blessings, Ally Confession: I am glad Christmas day is over. Hard to believe, right? A girl who writes about Christ each week is glad when his birthday is over. Well, there is something about the preparation of Christmas that overwhelms me. Each year, I tell myself,…

Welcoming the Unexpected

I have fond memories of when the doorbell would ring unexpectedly in my childhood home. A moment of delight overtook me. Who could it be? Was it a neighborhood friend, a drop-in visit from a friend of mom’s or maybe the UPS man delivering a package? There was something about the unknown ding-dong that excited me. Nowadays, pop-in visits are not as common, but, the “unexpected” remains an absolute. Truly, each day brings about something “unexpected”. First, there are the “joyful unexpected” encounters: the doorbell rings and a friend is on the other side of the door with a plate…