You Are Enough

By Posted in - General on February 26th, 2015 19 Comments

IMG_0069 2My dear friend Margaret bought me this little plate years ago, and I keep it on our bathroom counter. It holds my wedding rings at night, so I see it twice a day, when I take them off to sleep, and when I put them on again in the morning. I put it there purposefully, because I need to be reminded of this at least twice a day. At least.

And I thought maybe today I might not be the only one who needs the reminder: YOU ARE ENOUGH.

You. Yes, you. Wherever you’re reading this–in your office, or on your phone as you nurse a baby. If you’re in your dorm room or in between meetings or stealing a few quiet moments before the kids get home. You–yes, you–are enough.

You’re enough because you were created by God, out of nothing but dust and love, and that’s what makes you enough. You’re not enough because you’re smart enough or pretty enough or working hard enough–although you are, to be sure, all those things: brilliant and beautiful and working your tail off. But that’s not what makes you enough.

What makes you enough is your createdness. God made you. He made you, dreamed you up, spun you out of thin air. That makes you so much more than enough. That makes you a work of art–because you were created by a master.

As I leave behind hustling and earning and pushing, if those old ways of living aren’t what make me enough…then what does? If it’s not the doing and the being capable and the being needed and the being whatever, then what is it that makes me valuable? What is it that gives me the right to stop all this hustling?

What gives me the right is my createdness. I keep coming back to the dignity, the beauty, the value, of having been created by God. That’s the core of it all.

I’m enough, because God made me.

And you’re enough, because God made you.

I don’t know what you’re holding today–joy or heartbreak, challenges or great freedom. Probably all of the above and then some. Probably these days are both beautiful and hard. Probably there is both great sweetness and something breaking your heart a little bit. That’s how it is, I think, most of the time, for most of us.

And right in the middle of it, right this second, on a freezing cold February Thursday, this is what I want to tell you: YOU ARE ENOUGH.

(Oh, and if you need a place to put your rings, and a place to be reminded that you, indeed, are enough, here you go. I don’t know them, but I love their stuff–this little plate from Margaret was my first introduction to them, and now over the years I’ve accumulated several other beautiful pieces of theirs. LOVE.)

 

20 Books

By Posted in - Books on February 21st, 2015 54 Comments

One thing you must know about me: I’m a reader. Like a voracious, crazy, whenever-I-have-two-minutes, books-are-my-oxygen reader. I met a new friend recently, a writer friend, and in the middle of a party, we …

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Use Your Words

By Posted in - General on January 27th, 2015 67 Comments

 

Last week in Phoenix I ran into a friend I haven’t seen for years. He influenced me very deeply in all sorts of ways in one particular season of life, and then there he …

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Stocking the Pond

By Posted in - Writing on January 13th, 2015 46 Comments

After I dropped Mac off at preschool this morning, I Skyped into my friend Jessica’s fifth grade class. They’re working on narrative writing and wanted to talk to a real live writer. They asked fantastic questions …

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Burn the Candles

By Posted in - General on January 5th, 2015 132 Comments

Happy New Year! I’m one of those people who loves resolutions. I make like a million a year. I make them in January. I make them on Tuesdays and in the summer, and in the …

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10 Christmas Favorites

By Posted in - Life on December 3rd, 2014 14 Comments

I really do love the Christmas season–how it pares things down to their essence: the God of the Universe coming to earth in skin, changing everything. I’m thankful for Advent–that our faith tradition makes space for …

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Glimpse

By Posted in - General on November 11th, 2014 28 Comments

 

You know, of course, that I’m trying to learn a new rhythm of living, that I’ve been inching my way into it for two years, that I’m writing a book about that fumbling process.

Let …

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Pumpkin Curry

By Posted in - General on October 21st, 2014 14 Comments IMG_5288

 

Oh, heavens, how long has it been since I’ve posted a recipe? I’ve been working on lots of new recipes, but they’re mostly for Savor–it has more than 20 recipes in it. And the …

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Using Technology to Connect

By Posted in - General on October 13th, 2014 19 Comments

As I’ve said before, I’m so not anti-technology—I love Instagram, & so much of my job involves the lovely wild odd world of the internet. At the same time, I’ve been having lots of conversations lately …

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SIMPLIFY Giveaway Winners!

By Posted in - General on August 21st, 2014 4 Comments

Congratulations to these twenty lucky people! The publishing team will send you an email soon to get your mailing address & then your book will be on its way…

1. Nancy Smith
2. Rhonda Roberts
3. Maggie Broderick
4. …

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LESS

By Posted in - General on May 20th, 2014 42 Comments

I just loaded up more than twenty bags and boxes for a garage sale this weekend—not mine, of course, because of all the things in the world I’m terrible at, running a garage sale …

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On Finding Your Passion

By Posted in - General on May 13th, 2014 29 Comments

Lately I’ve been speaking quite often on the topics of calling and passion, specifically as those topics relate to marriage and parenting and family—what it looks like to build space into a marriage and a …

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