Needing Some Closure

So I’m not sure how it started, exactly, but the other day a friend of mine and I decided that we were going to have a contest to see who could come up with the holiest email closing.

This would probably be a good time to provide some background information. I do hope you’ll bear with me while I explain.

When I was in high school my parents went to a really awesome weekend retreat, and they came home with all sorts of encouraging notes from people who had also been to the retreat, and many of those notes were closed with the following words:

In Him,
Encouraging Christian’s Name

And I’ll go ahead and admit it: I was a wee big fascinated with the “In Him” sign-off. After practicing with it awhile in notes both real and imagined, I decided that I really liked working the Christian closing into my 16 year-old correspondence. For instance:

I don’t know what in the world he thinks that he’s thinking, but he’s DEFINITELY not thinking the same thing that I’m thinking. By the way, aren’t my new Reebok high tops the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I think they are SO MAJOR.”

In Him,

Or actually it would have said “Sofa” instead of “Soph” because all my high school friends called me “Sofa,” but let’s just pretend you have no knowledge of that bit-o-information, okay?

Right after David and I got married I started teaching at a Christian school, and I noticed almost immediately that “In Him” was no longer in vogue. Oh, I mean, it was FINE, and it would certainly do in a pinch, but the closings were a bit more elaborate. All I could figure was that during the first half of my 20s, when I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention to Things Christian, the body of Christ got together and decided to up the holy ante in their email and letter closings. So instead of just being “In Him,” people were “In His grip.” They made it clear that their existence was “By His grace,” that their words were “In His service.”

And sometimes, if the subject matter was really intense, the closing jumped up a notch to “Because of Him,” but you pretty much had to have finished seminary in order to use that one. I’m sure there were some exceptions, of course.

Anyway, it took me awhile, but eventually I managed to catch up. And by 1999, after two years of intensive study in order to reacquaint myself with the Christian closing, I was completely up-to-speed on the lingo. In fact, I may have even thrown down the “Because of His grace” gauntlet in a heartfelt letter. And while odds are that nobody on earth noticed my gauntlet throwing, I’m pretty sure that when Jesus saw me type out “Because of His grace,” he released some doves up in the heavenlies. Or maybe it was just some pigeons. But still. There’s not a doubt in my mind that He was deeply, profoundly moved.

Over the last few years I’ve done a bit of scientific research (and I think we all know that when I say “scientific research,” what I mean is “I HAVE SKIMMED AND EVEN READ SEVERAL EMAILS”), and I’ve noticed an increased use of the participle in people’s closings. I’m fairly certain this increase can be attributed at least in part to the fact that we’re doers of the Word, people. Not just hearers. Oh no. We’re doers. Please consider the following:

Following Him,
John Smith


Running with perseverance,
Mary Jones

Or even better:

Seeking His face,
Jim Jackson

The presence of the participle-driven closing (not to be be confused with the purpose-driven life) creates action (again: doers – not just hearers – doers). And let me tell you something else: you need to be on your spiritual toes when you run across a closing that starts with a participle. I mean, you’d better know that if someone closes his or her email with “Standing firm,” they’re fully anticipating that you can make the leap to the entire book of 1 Peter. Might want to keep your concordance handy, my friends.

For the last several years I haven’t actively practiced the Christian closing, mainly because I email so much that it just isn’t practical to type out an elaborate closing in every single email. And yes, I know that I could set up a signature in my email preferences, but for some reason I feel like if I do that then the next thing you know I’ll be giving myself some made-up title. And then the next thing you know I’ll be writing down “goals” and trying to “achieve some things.”

So basically what I guess I’m saying is that while I know what is widely regarded as professional, grown-up behavior, I have made a conscious choice to do the exact opposite.

Anyway, one day a couple of weeks ago my friend J and I had a PERFECTLY REVERENT discussion about some of our favorite church-related moments, and somehow the subject of email closings came up. It didn’t take long for us to decide that we needed to have a contest to see who could come up with the best, most active (DOERS. NOT HEARERS.) closing. Also, we wanted to determine once and for all which one of us is holier.

And the prize? A $25 gift card to the LifeWay store. OF COURSE.

Here is my first effort. It’s a bit rough, but I trust you’ll see the heart behind it:

Seeking Him wholeheartedly,

I thought it was good, but J came back with all pistons firing:

This morning around 3:37 I was in my first hour of my quiet time in the cool refreshing morning air and I tried a new prayer position without stretching and pulled a muscle in my back.

Will you pray for me?

Praying without ceasing as to not quench His Spirit,

Not only was I moved by J’s signature – I was inspired. Which is why I replied with the following:

Not quenching,

Y’all have to admit that “not quenching” is gold.

But then J came back strong:

Thirsting for more,

Honestly, y’all, I wondered if I was in over my head. So I thought about it, prayed about it and ultimately realized that the problem was that I’d been focusing on participles instead of focusing on – you guessed it – Him. Just raise your hand if you’ve been there, sister.

I think you’ll see the shift in my closing philosophy if you look at my final entry:

He’s changing me,

Needless to say, I was humbled and honored to put the focus back where it belongs.

As for who won the contest – well, I’ll let the internet be the judge. But just know that if you need me, I’ll be ramping up for hour number four in my prayer closet, where I’ll be writing inspirational music that came to me in a vision when I was involved in an intensive seven-year study of the Psalms.

Counting it all joy,

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  1. did you really just use the word ‘participle’ before 8 am?
    (or I just read the word ‘participle’ before 8 am, if you wrote it last night)

    either way, my eyes glazed over, and I had to re-read that paragraph to absorb it!

    it’s funny, I’ve noticed people’s closings too for years and given it ponderous thoughts here and there. I love love love how you gave it depth and challenge… ever the detective BooMama. I love it. The first time I read ‘In His Grip’ (written by the headmaster of my kids’ school in Florida) I thought, “Oh. Dern. He’s way more educated and spiritual than I am.”
    then I thought, “Oh well, I wonder if they have maple frosted donuts at Dunkin Donuts this morning?”

    He’s my anchor,

  2. We are both a family and a business – so have long done the set up signatures things – DH has it set so each day it changes automatically – his are mostly scriptures (figuring God is a much more accomplished author – pulitzer schmulitzer – He is the Creator! – I digress) Mine are more eclectic – one of my current faves is :
    Linda Sue
    “Faithfulness in little things is a big thing.”

    BTW – I think y’all were both strong in the competition – and I like Counting it all joy, Soph a great deal – only don’t put that on the emails to your gynecologist – I’m just saying.

  3. I am actually crying here at work from laughing. I love it when Christians make fun of ourselves! And by make fun, I mean reflect joyfully on the gifts of humor and absurdity that He has bestowed upon us.

    Basking in His glow,

  4. LOVE this post!

    Loving Because He Loved First,

  5. This was hilarious. One of my favorite posts of all times!

    Not by might, but by His Spirit,

  6. Loved this. Needed a laugh this morning…

    If you need me, I’ll be sitting at the feet of Jesus.

    Resting in His Presence,

  7. Y’all, the internet is a treasure.

    Blessed by your closings,

  8. “And then the next thing you know I’ll be writing down “goals” and trying to “achieve some things.”

    This might be my favorite line ever written in a blog post!

    Going in peace now to serve the Lord and thanking God while doing so…Joyce

  9. I heart this post. I’m on staff at a church and whenever I have to close any kind of letter, I am struck dumb! I can’t do “In Him” because it’s just not me. So, I have resorted to “Blessings,” I work in preschool ministry & it sounds kinda sweet, don’t ya think? Anyhoo, I have always loved that whenever I have received an email from you it was closed with “Love, Sophie”…I prefer the simplicity of it but could you maybe change it to “Crazy Love, Soph” ????

    Big Nanny

  10. This cracks me up…because it is so true. This is a perfect blog post for Stuff Christians Like!

  11. “I’m pretty sure that when Jesus saw me type out “Because of His grace,” he released some doves up in the heavenlies. Or maybe it was just some pigeons. But still. There’s not a doubt in my mind that He was deeply, profoundly moved.”

    You make me giggle. lots of giggles.

    -it’s too early to think of a clever closing,

  12. Dearest Sofa,
    I am rolling on the floor laughing, (not exercising) at this post, because there is hilarity and truth to all of it.

    Pressing on toward the goal of my upward calling which is in Christ Jesus,


  13. You should forward this to Jon at “Stuff Christians Like.” If you don’t, I will. :)

    Thanks for the early morning chuckle!

    Needing a few laughs,

  14. So funny, so early! I didn’t realize that my boss was so behind the times – he always signs his emails with “In His Grip”. I thought it was some obscure Christian athlete reference, as he is a former Major League baseball player! Wow, I feel so ignorant…

    Rejoicing in persecution!

  15. Love this post!! I need a good laugh this morning.

  16. This made me laugh out loud. At work. I love it.

    Delighting in Him and doing backflips of joy,


  17. I haven’t got anything witty to add to this discussion, but you needed to know that it made me laugh out loud. And maybe clap my hands in praise. Well done, friend, well done.

  18. Chelsea Price says:

    I appreciate the laugh (from you and the comments!) before I tackle getting my house in order this morning.
    Relying on His strength and endurance,

  19. deanna f. says:

    My personal favorite, that I use on a regular basis, is…..

    One of His,

  20. Sofa,

    I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes it’s a little to pretentious and over-the-top, but most of the time they make me roar with laughter. Thanks for bringing back the 7th grade grammar lesson with “participle,” too. Nice work.

    Clasped firmly in His loving arms and providing nothing but the holiest of actions of service in His loving mercy and everlasting grace,


  21. They say English is the most difficult language to master… I think Christianese, with all their dialects (& denomonations) may be the most challenging of all…

    Mastering it for the Master,

  22. Oh my….that’s a good one, Boomama!

    I remember way back in seminary days….I happened upon an email from a fellow “preacher boy” friend of my husband’s. He ended his message with…

    In love with Jesus,

    I was so inspired by it….that I took on a crazy quest myself to make my closings fantabulous! I guess you could say…I was having my own Christian contest! :)

    I still think about that….and how ….WOW that Wes was to close with something so…..JESUS-Y!!


  23. I am wondering how disappointed Jesus up in heaven is that I sign my posts “Blog Owner, The Diaper Diaries”. He probably weeps everytime I hit send.

    Thanks so much for the laughs this morning!!

    ROFLIHN (Rolling On Floor Laughing In His Name- I am going to try this one out and see if it makes it into common Twitter lexicon)

  24. So true! Love it!

    Until all have heard,


  25. Oh sigh. I love it!



    Laughing so hard coffee came out my nose,


  27. Oh, mercy me, that was a scream.

    Nothing drives me crazier than the holy email sign-off. I think it’s because most people who are truly obsessed with doing it all the time “as a witness” seem to be far more concerned about things like their email signature than they are with following Jesus and caring for the least of these. But maybe it’s just me.

  28. You nailed it. This was hilarious.

  29. Oh, Boomama. I am so glad I am not the only one who secretly (well, not anymore) laughs at the absurdity of our Christian closings!
    If I had not been holding my 7-week-old son and trying to put him to sleep, I would have been ROFLIHN. (Thanks, Diaper Diaries!)


  30. I’ve been known to use a few of those. I’m not as holy now and sign off with a heart and my name. Except there are no hearts on my keyboard, so on e-mail I use “Love,”. Unless the recipient and I aren’t that close, then I say, “Thanks!” or “Blessings!”

    Saving My Holiness for Where It Really Counts (and will get me the most rewards),

  31. So funny…I laughed out loud!

    Hungering for the One Who know me best and loves me most,

  32. Oh, my. My husband and I just had a huge laugh together reading this post. Thanks!

  33. Charlotte says:

    Love it!

    Delighting in the Lord,

  34. I’m not sure which is funnier – the post or the comments. I’m still laughing and I finished reading five minutes ago. I agree with someone else above – it is too early to think of clever closings. Especially when I haven’t even made it through my first diet coke.

    Either way it feels good to laugh this morning!

  35. Oh, we Christians are a peculiar bunch, aren’t we? This really did make me laugh! When I was in college, the cool thing was to sign off with a Scripture reference, which would send folks scrambling for their Bibles. So a few of us started signing off with truly obscure (sometimes weird or gross) Bible verses (preferably those involving bowels or intestines – Acts 1:18, for example). Thanks for the morning giggle!
    Laughing at the days to come,

  36. Dear Sofa (oh, come on, let us call you Sofa),

    LOVE this! I’m in prayer for your next attempt at closing perfection right this second. Sorry, I can’t tarry here any longer.

    Rejoicing in the Lord and giving Him fist pumps for His grace, Amy

  37. J. Johnson says:

    Thank you for the giggle – it was much needed!

    Surviving through His grace,

  38. Dearest Sister in Christ Sophie,

    Thank you for bringing the joy of the Lord to my morning. It was even more precious than the first morning dew. It was truly a gift from the Father of the heavenly lights.

    DOING all things through Him who gives me strength,

  39. This is the funniest post I have EVER read. I laughed so hard I had to go use my inhaler.

    Yearning for More,

  40. Ha ha! My husband (an ordained minister) has been using what I term “Paul-speak” in his elaborate beginnings AND endings of correspondence. I’ve ribbed him about it for years, because as an English major I take a “less is more” approach – and because he doesn’t really talk like that in real life.

    But we’ve started attending a new church in the past year, and joined the choir, and our music pastor has all of the members on his text message list. He signs all of his texts (and emails) “Keeping it vertical.”

    There’s a new one for you!

  41. One of the pastors where we used to attend church signs everything (letters, e-mails, blog posts, etc.) with the tagline:

    Everyone Belongs,

  42. “Not quenching.” SNORT – that is the funniest thing I’ve ever read in my entire life, and I do mean the ENTIRETY of my existence.

    Walking on the King’s Highway,

  43. In my seminary class last night my professor was talking about students always trying to “out-holy” each other. “Well this morning in my in-depth study of the Psalms” or “While I was memorizing Revelation this morning.” These statements are always followed by something profound ya know…
    So to wake up this morning and read this – I am chuckling! :O)

    Wishing for more sleep,
    (sorry – it’s where I am this morning… :O)

  44. I absolutely loved this post. Brilliant. As mentioned earlier, you really should share it over on Stuff Christians Like.

    Thanks for making me laugh.

    Pointing towards Him,


  45. oh my! i have been reading for a while ( I came over from bigmama ) and this post is great! I am sitting at work laughing so hard. I loved the post and the comments and have been trying to come up with a good one… but don’t think I can compete with what has already been said! well done:)

  46. Funny ’cause it’s true…

    Laughing in the Lord (LITL),
    Amy :)

  47. BOTH hands raised!

    Love this post. Made my morning.

    I’m thinking of appropriate closings for my life currently and while they are far from eloquent, they fit. OH how they fit!

    Stumbled and fell on His grace,

    Missed the mark again; back at His feet,

    But then I’d probably be renewed by His awesome grace. So I may want to say something like

    Blood washed and free,


    Covered by love,


    Because of His grace,

    WAIT! Did you say that last one?

    Oh, I’m sure I’ll be thinking all day in Holy closures. Someone will be chatting it up and I’ll likely be thinking of ending the conversation, “Walking in love, Rena.” Or, “Standing on the promises, Rena.”

    I really feel the need to sing.

  48. This made me giggle outloud this morning! I went to a Christian college and this was just too funny and reminded me of some of the things I saw back in my college days!

  49. LOVE this post!! Hilarious! Now I am off to think of more holy closings!! Thanks, what a great way to start off the blog reading for the day!!

  50. I’m in stitches over this. What a great way to start my morning!

    Know Jesus or you might go to hell,

  51. Thank you for this post. It made me laugh! It is good to laugh! A lot of people use, “It’s All About Him” as a closing. (A theme at our church)

    I have for sometime now used – Love and Blessings – so….

    Love and Blessings – Debbie in Tennessee, and oh yeah Thanks!

  52. Oh, waayyyy funny!!!! I would say it’s even stevens as to who won. How can you choose between all that holiness??? haha!!! :)

  53. hilarous. i’ve pondered the need for the perfect closing in our christian sub-culture, but never with the same wit or clarity that you have. it has made me think about closings that we should use if we were going to be accurate rather than holy like…

    Desperately trying to impress you,


    Screwed up AGAIN,

    i should try it and see how people respond!

  54. Can I just say that you are the funniest Protestant “friend” I have? Can I?

    Making the sign of the cross,

    Kim (Your laughing Catholic ‘friend’)

  55. Allison (Allie in AZ) says:

    What a scream! Thanks for the early morning laughs! It is early morning, because here in AZ it’s just 7:40 and the kids are stumbling around getting their own breakfast because I am delighting in reading your post!

    I think that everyone needs Jesus to “bridge the gap” for them to reach salvation, so my fave closing is:

    Grace and Peace,
    Allie in AZ :)

  56. Haha :) Funny that!

    Going with the least obnoxious…


    Oh, and when I actually write my name with a real pen and real paper, I like to fling out my “a” and make it into a smiley face. How is that for cute?

  57. Sofa,
    You bless my soul,
    With arms raised high,

  58. Great post Sofa!

    Way back, I was in school with a PK (preacher’s kid) and he signed his letters,

    When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there,

  59. Blogging doesn’t get any better than this. Perfect way to start my day.


    Running the race while resting in Him,


  60. Hey Lisa above me (Takemetomaui) I do that too! We are just SO blessed to have our name end with a letter which when written in cursive can look like a smile. By the grace of God you know??

    Sophie, you crack me up. And so do ALL the posts in comments. Quite honestly, I think they’ve got you and J both beat!

    On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand.
    All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand,
    Cara (with a smile on the a’s tail)

  61. Starting out my day with BooMama making me laugh out loud is wonderful! Thank you for that!

  62. Dear BooSofa,

    In honor of your love of all things musical, I submit to you the following:

    Running into Marvelous Light,
    His Love Endures Forever,
    His Holy Presence Living In Me,
    Everybody Knows It Here But You,
    There’s No Such Thing As Perfect People,

    ….I can’t choose a favorite so….


  63. Loved this entry! I enjoy your humour so much.

    Delighting in the One Who delights in me,

  64. Laughing my head off… in Christ, because of his grace, while in his grip,…
    Thanks for this!

  65. Oh, funny!!! I was a “Because of Him”-er back in the day…but I was 16(ish) I didnt know that it was reserved for the “holy of holies.” OOPS!!

    These days, it’s a simple:
    love, K

    but maybe it should be:
    considering it joy, K

    or an even better tribute to an amazing man of God:

    Out loud and on purpose,

  66. Oh, I loved this! I pay attention to those things as well. And while I haven’t come up with my own ending, I enjoyed reading yours and the other ‘commenters’. :)


  67. Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing,

  68. Ok. This has to be one of my favorite posts. Too funny!

    Have you read the book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?” It is a whole series of letters written by various people, one being a holier-than-thou woman. Her closing:

    Yours In Christian Consternation and Concern,

    I’ve been using it on some of my emails.

    Panting after the living water,

  69. You make me smile, girlfriend!This is what has been on my heart to say, this summer:

    Complelled by His love,

  70. Oh, I SOOOOO needed this today.

    Pruning so the fruits may flourish,

  71. Being on a chuch staff I send lots of letters. This cracked me up!

    On the anvil,

  72. Funniest post EVER. I’m going to have to link to it and refer all 9 of my readers to it.

  73. Soph!
    I am laughing my head off! You crack me up!!
    Joyfully, (see if goes along with my blog title which goes along with my Scripture right under my blog title….)

  74. Oh. my. goodness.

    This is pure GOLD! Soph, I thought the post was grand, but these comments? They’re PLATINUM!

    I have two friends with whom I email regularly. One signed emails “In His Grip” and the other signed “In His Grace.”

    I, of course, couldn’t be outdone, so I started signing mine more specially as well.

    Like this:

    In the grip of His grace,

    Thanks to you for a fabulous post and to your readers for marvelous comments!

  75. love this!

    If my kids weren’t fighting, I could be listening for His still, small voice,

  76. hilarious… you crack me up…

    in His perfect love,

  77. My favorite as always been…

    Waiting for those heavenly trumpets,

  78. I don’t have a clever closing but this is the funniest blog entry EVER!!! Thanks for the much needed laughs!

  79. You are Seinfeld but with the Holy Spirit.

    In Him Creatively,


  80. Jenny from VA says:

    This post is awesome. I LURVE it!

    Washing the mud off from the pit,

    Jenny from VA

  81. A missionary (to Nigeria) friend of mine always used the closure:

    In His Matchless Love

    I stole it from her and use it from time to time, when I don’t know how else to “close”.

    In His Matchless Love!

  82. Thanks for the laugh!



  83. Oh sweet Lord! I in an allergy coma this afternoon and in desperation turned to my bloggy “friends” for a mid-afternoon pick me up.

    I’m now trying desperately to stiffle my giggles while Senior Management walks by my cubicle – thanks ever so much!

    God bless your socks off,

  84. This is one of the most hilarious posts I have ever read!

    I had never given this topic any thought, and I think ALOT. My thinking priorities must be out of order.

    Obediently living by faith,


  85. you are something else. i love this post.

  86. So I read this post this morning and thought “I’ve never seen anyone sign an email that way!” and then I get an email from a client signed

    “In the Holy Family, David.”

    SO he’s like the Holy Family’s second cousin twice removed? How “in” the family is he?

    I thought of you.

  87. Sophie — you made my day girl. Nothing better than a Christian closing — and you hit on some of the best! I tend to sign my emails w/ just M — figure people who know me have the rest.
    Some days I want to sign the emails —
    On the Brink of Sanity
    Living & loving the Chaos that is my life
    Frazzled but Fun

    As for a Christian sign off — you know I love a little alliteration (or whatever this is)
    Running the Race, Seeking His Face, Basking in His Grace,

    That’s me! Holy girl, when I’m not nutty girl. Okay — not girl at all, but holy woman has a whole different feel to it.

  88. This is AWESOME. Perfectly awesome. I like to yield to the example of Paul in his epistles of the NT, and generally I use the following:
    Grace and peace,

    When writing to friends ‘going through some things’ or serving in the military, I must go ahead and admit to using:
    Keep fighting the good fight, (sometimes abbreviated to just ‘Fight the good fight,’)

    However I feel the gauntlet has been dropped, and I need to start to brainstorm some new material. For consideration:

    I once was lost but now I’m found,

    Greeting you with a holy kiss,

    Eagerly anticipating and constantly watching and preparing for the Lord’s imminent return,

  89. This is awesome!

    Continuing in sin so grace might abound,

    p.s. my husband totally came up with that. Because I read this to him. Because you mentioned seminary, and he’s in seminary. CISSGMA, E

  90. I laughed all the way through your post. Hilarious!!!!! Love it!

  91. You are hysterical. Seriously. That was too funny. Thanks for the smile today:)

    And I close with a sign-off that I actually received once:

    “May your eyes cry for the prize that is Christ,”


    -Oh yes, that’s a real one…

  92. I thought of two more:

    Counting it all as Dung,

    Filling the Sea of Forgetfulness,

    But Cindi’s is killing me “If my kids weren’t fighting, I could be listening for His still, small voice,”

    I promise, I’m not a stalker. This is the funniest thing ever.

  93. Wiping the tears from my face…my favorite post ever. Just a week or two ago, a man sent me an email and he dared to have a Christian opening and closing! I’m kicking myself for not having printed it out and I can’t find it in my trash anymore (I’m to ashamed to admit how long I spent looking)!! He started with something very Paul-esque, “grace and peace to you my fellow sojourner in Christ” and he ended with something along the lines of, “walking in the light of His love”. (I really don’t remember the ending, I might have just made that up, it was the opener that tripped me out.)

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    Boosting only in the Cross while bathing in the Blood,
    Your friend in Christ,

  94. Did I really type boost instead of boast? Awesome.

  95. Great. I’m on my way to class and now all I’m gonna be thinking of it pithy email closing lines whilst I’m supposed to be taking notes on the lecture.

    With sorrow (but not as much as He felt when the weight of all the world’s sins were upon His shoulders),

    amy beth

  96. Too cute…sorry I can’t write anything more witty…

    Children are sucking the life out of me,

  97. Um, so I can’t stop reading the comments. Erin, I’m really digging “Continuing in sin so grace might abound–”

    Training my children up in the way they should go while submitting to my husband and considering a field and buying it and having no fear for my household because all of them are clothed in scarlet (and by the way, also needing a nap),


  98. Hilarious!

    My favorite?


  99. So funny. I actually laughed out loud.

    I have to tell you, I wrote a book (not tooting my horn…this has a point, stick with me) and I’ve struggled many-a-time about what to write when people ask me to sign it.

    First of all, um, this is me, natalie, you really want me to sign this? And second, I don’t have a good salutation. I’ve tried many, and, I have to admit, have landed on the “In Him, Natalie” or “In Christ,…” but, next time I’ll shake it up a bit and maybe put,

    “Yo!, Natalie” or
    “Booyah! Natalie”
    Maybe even the age old, “Peace” or even more holy, “Shalom”

    I dunno

    Confused in salutations,


    Now where is that fish thingy for the back of my car…

    Don’t know if I’ve posted here or not, but I adore your blog. And goodness, almost wet myself on this post. Amen.

    Humbly pursuing the face of Christ, the embrace of the Spirit and the manna of our Lord,

    Mother Hen