About Lisa McCowen

Lisa McCowen is delighted to join the Multiply Goodness community; she was honored to be invited by one of her students. The MG book club list was already on her nightstand! She is a mom of 3 energetic kids and teaches Spanish as an adjunct professor. New transplants to Park City, Utah, her family loves exploring, hiking, camping and cross-country skiing. On her own, she loves to run, read, cook and Zumba.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 In our new home in the very temperate southeastern United States, I am missing the customary seasonal cues for fall that the far north and high mountains offer. Here, roses in bloom in my garden, only some of…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on…

 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   Rest. A…

 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. –Leviticus 19:34 Hospitality.  My heart quickened upon hearing about the new/renewed focus on hospitality as part of this Multiply…

Story. I’ve encountered the idea of story in lots of places lately. The stories we tell with our lives. How to live a better story (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story, by Donald Miller). How to participate in God’s story. How our stories connect with those…

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in a remarkable weekend of education at Oxford University. The conference was entitled, “Tradition of Enquiry: A Forum in Pursuit of Scholarly and Spiritual Learning”. I learned about the conference from a friend–who also happened to be the conference organizer! The weekend invited those “who wish…

“Knowledge puffs up but love builds up” 1 Corinthians 8:1 I left Lone Star Taquería with a full mind and heart. Multiply Goodness blog co-founder Emily Freeman invited me to lunch after the busyness of the spring semester died down. She wanted to meet this new transplant to Utah, a Christian girl working unexpectedly (that’s…

This promise from Hosea struck me when I saw it on the Multiply Goodness Facebook page (check it out!) and I found it echoed the next morning on my daily Scripture calendar. Ok, Lord, I’m listening! The prophet Hosea calls to the people of Israel: “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to…

It feels cliché writing about hope and spring. But I can’t help it. Flowering trees make me swoon. My heart leaps on my commute when I catch–out of the corner of my eye–a small stand of aspen leafing out in the crook of a mountain otherwise gray with winterized brush. I cheer for hearty daffodils…

Hope Springs Eternal Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blessed: The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come. – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man I love this line from Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Man”. Sometimes hope feels like…

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