The Rut

by Sasha Johns on September 2, 2014

When it's time to reinvent yourself...again

The picture above was taken two years ago yesterday. I had big goals. Less than two months after this photo was taken, I completed a half marathon. I still can’t believe I did it. Less than one month after the photo, I began writing for Middle Places. It was a defining year for me in [...]


September Photo Challenge

by Maria Davis on September 1, 2014

September 2014 Instagram Photo a Day Photo Challenge

Oh, hello, September. I see you’ve brought a few yellow leaves with you. Even though it’s still blazing hot, you tease me with a hint of autumn. It’s that time of year that things begin to die and yet, really, it’s a time of starting over…a time to begin again. We clear away the things [...]


Begin Again

September 1, 2014
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Have you heard? September is the new January? Obviously it’s not really, because it’s still hot as blazes outside and I don’t have holiday hangover. But I have heard people say this as though we need permission or an occasion to begin an overhaul.  As though we believe starting over mid-year means we have some how [...]

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Do Something: Be Still

August 31, 2014
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There are so many wonderful opportunities to serve the LORD and HIS KINGDOM but sometimes the best thing we can do is… BE STILL. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10  #Dosomething has been a great theme for August [...]

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The Flavor of Friendship

August 30, 2014
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“I think I’m vanilla,” I confessed to my friend Tammy. “What?” she asked quizzically. “You know plain, boring. Totally vanilla.” “No.” She replied simply as if I had just made the most ridiculous statement possible. “I’m not kidding,” I told her. “Really, sometimes I can fake being interesting. But in all reality, I’m bland.” At that [...]

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When Little Girls Have Big Dreams

August 29, 2014
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This is my oldest. She reads all the time. In the grocery store. In the middle of the day on a Saturday. I’ve even found her in the kitchen reading cookbooks. The summer of 2013, Kayla had asked for a very expensive doll. We made a plan for her to be able to earn the [...]

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I Cannot Take Back Twisters

August 28, 2014
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I can tell a mountain to jump and you say it will obey, but I cannot take back twisters. I cannot crawl up into the clouds and spin out reversing cyclones to reestablish houses and put people in their homes. Instead, I spiral water in bottles and boxes of granola bars, spilling them into a [...]

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When your hands are tied

August 27, 2014
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The cold stone floor scraped their knees. The stocks rubbed against their tired and aching ankles. They had followed God’s command. They were preaching, healing, leading, loving… DOing. And now at midnight Paul and Silas found themselves beaten and thrown inside a Philippian prison. Their feet shackled, their hands bound, yet they still felt their [...]

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That time we actually went and “did” something….

August 26, 2014
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This past Thursday was grocery day at Alabama Childhood Food Solutions. (see the link here  if you missed last week) The one day of the month when they provide free groceries to people who are having trouble providing them for themselves. The shelves were stocked. Everything was well organized, much planning had gone into preparing [...]

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Do Something – For You

August 25, 2014
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I have a secret to tell you: I’m not doing anything today. Not today, not yesterday, not tomorrow, not any day this week. We’ve talked so much this month about wonderful opportunities, ideas, things to do, ways to make a difference, causes to get behind. I believe in them all, every single one. I believe [...]

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Nameless…Sinful Woman

August 24, 2014
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Forgiven… “…her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.”  ~ Luke 7:47 What powerful, beautiful words.  Jesus changed her name… she was Sinful and just like that she was Forgiven. As with our other women she has no name in Luke 7:36-50.  The other gospels record similar stories but there is something special about Luke’s [...]

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How To Get Your Newsfeed Back

August 23, 2014
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Depression. Suicide. Genocide. ISIS. Racism. Looting. Earthquake. Scandal. Ebola. These are just a few of the things that have filled our social media newsfeeds during the last few weeks. And let’s not forget the back to school pictures, which, as a homeschool mom were also on my “hard to look at” list. At least there [...]

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In the middle of living life

August 22, 2014
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When I first joined Middle Places, my life looked a lot different than it does today. Over a year ago, I was in the middle of learning to let go as my children were getting older, and in many ways, I am still there. But it looks different than it did back then. Now, the [...]

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Drowning in Anxiety

August 21, 2014
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I was talking to a close friend this morning (via text, of course) about clothes, babies and life when she brought up the fact that she has been feeling a lot of anxiety recently. Asking her what she thought was causing it, she responded with a grocery list of concerns. Family members, work stresses, marital [...]

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That Time I Interviewed Jesus

August 20, 2014
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Jesus Christ had no birthday. He also had no social security number. He said he was sleeping at churches. I suppose I could have hassled him about this. I mean, seriously, I’m supposed to believe your name is Jesus Christ? Do I look like I was born yesterday? I didn’t hassle him. I didn’t hassle [...]

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3,000 Calories for the Weekend

August 19, 2014
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God is Great God is Good…. Take a close look at the picture above. Check the contents of the photo carefully. Would this be enough food for your weekend? Could you make it for three days on what most families consider snacks? Let me inventory it for you. 1 pudding cup 1 ravioli cup short [...]

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Do Something Different

August 18, 2014
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We finished our school year in the middle of May. I was so looking forward to summer. Not because I had plans to travel or learn new things. In fact I didn’t plan to change much at all. I wanted to do more of the things I already enjoy, read stacks of books, go for [...]

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Nameless…Bleeding Woman

August 17, 2014
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We do not know her name… We do not know her exact ailment… We know she was desperate… We know she suffered for twelve years… While we do not know the nature of her illness we all commiserate with the fact that issues of blood are a concern for every woman in the world at some point [...]

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Middle Sisters’ Suggested Reading, August 2014 Edition

August 16, 2014
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Summer is wrapping up for everyone, isn’t it? If you aren’t already getting back into the regular work and school routine, as we are here in the South, you are finishing your school supply lists, putting away your beach chairs and taking stock of your fall wardrobe. You may even be doing some very early [...]

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Love Beyond Walls

August 15, 2014
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We live in a world full of distractions! Calendars are filled with to-do’s and events, cell-phones buzz all day long because of our platforms on social media, new reality shows are like magnets to our interest, and personal problems cloud our ability to notice and see needs around us. All of these examples and more [...]

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