Facing Into Grief

Facing Into Grief

I feel sad, and I don’t want to feel sad. My husband and I have begun a conversation about moving from the neighborhood and the town where we have spent decades. Rather than feeling sad, I want to focus my emotional energy on the joys of new opportunities and new...

Admitting My Need for Help

Admitting My Need for Help

Dear Friends— I’m sending this email to you to ask you to pray for our family. We have recently discovered that my mom has Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.  At the moment she is in New York with my younger brother. On Tuesday I will join them in New York. Then on Saturday I...

Doing One Thing That Scares Me

Doing One Thing That Scares Me

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune (June 1, 1997) wrote that advice to newly graduated students. Even though I graduated decades ago, something about that quotation stuck in my heart. I ruminated on it for days....

Courage to Stay

Courage to Stay

In early November 2005 my mom began a journey that changed us both. She got into her little car and began to drive to Denver International Airport, 60 miles from her home, a route she had driven thousands of times during her 69 years. But this time she faced a...

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Think about your good friends. How many conversations have you had over the last year? How many events have you attended together? In each conversation or at each event, you learned a bit more about your friend, right? Prayer, at its core, is a relationship-building...

Afton Rorvik
Afton Rorvik loves to connect over a cup of coffee or tea and talk about the good and hard parts of life. She writes about the intersection of faith and friendship and introversion, including living as a Storm Sister. She has worked in the publishing industry for decades as both an editor and a writer and now writes with other women of faith as part of the Redbud Writers Guild. Afton has published two book: Storm Sisters: Friends through All Seasons (2014) and Living Connected: An Introvert's Guide to Friendship (2021). She seeks to embrace the word grateful in all seasons of life. Afton and her husband John have intentionally cultivated a friendship in their 30+ years of marriage as they raised and launched two children.

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