Categories: Faith, Learning lessons



As hinted at earlier this week, I”m honored to be over at Micha Boyett’s today. She’s running a series this year on “One good phrase” — you know, the kind of phrase that either helps or anchors or you’ve heard repeatedly or you need more of in your life. Can I get an amen?!

Mine comes from a dinner conversation I had with my friend Sherri eighteen months ago. It involves grace and peace and zombies.

I assumed that Paul was talking about the peace that passes all understanding and lands on us from God allowing us to be zombie-like in our interactions with people. Tra-la-la I can put up with you because I’m in my happy place. Maybe Sherri and I weren’t as far off in our conversation as it appeared.  You can keep reading my phrase over at Micha’s … see you there!


For those of you new here, popping over from Micha’s, welcome! Feel free to poke around and stay for a while. I’m in a bit of transition (OK, massive understatement) and you can read about the journey from the announcement I was resigning  through the way I make decisions and grieve to reminders that I am not alone. You can subscribe to either the blog or my quarterly mailing list.

As my tagline said, the messy middle holds both grace and truth in tension. Tension can be exhausting and it’s easier to lean too heavily on truth or the other extreme, grace. But we are called live with the tension. The messy middle is where grace and truth reside. So glad you’re here!

For messy middle old timers :), glad you’re here too. If you haven’t subscribed to the quarterly newsletter, one will be coming out later this month (the last one gave background on the Mother’s Day post if you’re wondering if you’re subscribed).

Grace and peace, and for you Sherri, zombies.


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  1. Kristi July 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    This phrase has rattled around in my mind and soul for years. I’m sure many will recognize it.

    “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
    ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    Kinda fits with what you said, “Ours is a God not of escape, but of engagement.”

    Grace and peace.

  2. Marilyn July 18, 2013 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Great to see your new home Amy! I was thinking of the Messy Middle again today and clicked on an old link in one of my posts! I look forward to reading your piece at Micha’s!

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      Amy July 19, 2013 at 6:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Marilyn, interestingly, I was just thinking of you too! Thanks for popping in :)

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