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Slaying the Demon of Self-Doubt
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Dear Abby, Little girl, you are so much like your mama. I love that, but I also have a burden to help you avoid my mistakes, as all parents do.  I want you know, as you enter the confusing world of figuring out what you are called to do (which is thankfully many years away), that the time will come when you will have...

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The Pleasing Aroma of Prayer
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My three year old son doesn’t like to pray. He doesn’t really grasp abstract concepts like God and Jesus yet.  He’s pretty sure Spiderman hung the moon in the sky. I try not to get too fussy about it; I know these things take time.  And if I am honest, prayer is one of my weakest spiritual disciplines. I still remember sitting in a...

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When Bones Break
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When Bones Break

Mar 25, 2013 by

A lot is happening in my family right now. During a short out-of-state visit to my parent’s house, my 90 year old grandpa was on the last step of the garage stairs when he fell, fragile bones breaking upon cold concrete. His hip completely fractured. For both my grandparents and my parents, life as they knew it fractured, too.  My dad is navigating the...

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March Mad-ness
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March Mad-ness

Mar 22, 2013 by

Disclaimer: this post is not about basketball. Carry on. March marched right over me last year. It’s my least favorite month. It stretches on endlessly cold and dark, grudgingly giving way at the last possible moment to April, Easter, and sunshine, like a Tolkien storyline. I do struggle with seasonal affective disorder. I eat oranges and walk in the sun when it peeks out,...

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Stopping By the Woods
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I slogged into the soggy field with a world of worry. Trying to shuck off the stresses of the day with a brisk walk, I began circling the field of my childhood.  Dixie Chick’s Wide Open Spaces came to mind. As I walked, a lightening took place in my heart.  I rounded the east side of the field, the setting sun caressing my face...

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Savoring Sabbath
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Savoring Sabbath

Mar 18, 2013 by

I’m learning a lot right now about distinguishing week days from weekends, and intentionally savoring Sabbath.   I already mentioned the tv distinction, which has helped. Occasionally, as happened this weekend, we run into this grumpy dilemma where both Tim and I are so ready for refreshment and recreation and just a day off the daily worries and cares of life, but we have...

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A Letter to My Sisters
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Recently, there was a synchroblog celebrating women in the ministry, hosted by Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist. This book, and its underlying philosophy, calls the Church to come outside of tired boxes and divisive labels. To leave behind the exclusive boardroom table of gender limits. To stop asking “man or woman” as a qualification for ministry. It’s a call to find freedom in...

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Christian Feminism
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I opened my laptop the other night to read some blog posts that made my heart sink. I closed my laptop, closed my eyes, and prayed. In the blogosphere, it’s impossible to miss the rising tide of Christian feminism. A couple mornings later, the subject was far from my mind as I picked up a book on the Trinity. But I found it there,...

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Clinging to the Word
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As I read blog posts out in this wide internet world, I’m scared. I’m scared of what I see, which is lots of spiritual talk with no foundation.  What is that foundation? Scripture. If I cannot stand on the Scriptures as solid ground, I have no where to turn but my own fallible mind. I fear, I fear that people who leave the Scriptures...

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Reworked: Self Loathing Vs. Humility
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I woke up this morning to a gray, rainy day and an unkind inner monologue. But when I checked my email over coffee, I had two messages from friends, both signed, “love ya.” I started to just glaze over that, but I stopped myself. I am loved. I am the beloved. Small miracle, that.  I am starting to redefine humility in my mind. I...

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Reflections on a Week Off TV
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      It’s Saturday and our lonely little t.v. got absolutely no use until last night when we allowed the kids (and ourselves) a movie night. (I couldn’t even find the remote.) The kids did remarkably well with the experiment. I expected to hear more whining than I did, but they took it in stride. Abby had Wednesday off school and there were definitely...

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We are the Seasons
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Spring is my favorite season, She told me, As we drove past sodden brown fields And complacent cows. I saw it at once: she is like spring, Ever bursting with new life daily, only surrendering her enthusiasm to the sleepy night to wake again full the next day.   Winter is my husband’s favorite. And he is like winter, I think. Loving chili and...

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Dear Abby, When People Don’t Like Your Art
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Dear Abby, When your daddy or I pick you up from kindergarten each day, you have one thing prepared to tell us. When you sit in the pick-up line, mulling over your day and making sense of it all in your sweet five-year-old mind, you sift up one thing to the surface. It might be something you are anticipating, confused about, or bothered by....

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Don’t Waste This Hour
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We got away this weekend, which means no children, which means my mind had a chance to breathe and think above the usual cacophony of needs.  Two messages are rolling around in my head and my heart and I hope, taking root there.  Similar messages. One, “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper. He’s written a book on it, but if you are short...

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Monday Medicine
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Monday Medicine

Mar 4, 2013 by

Confession: I am a self-improvement junkie. At any given time, I want to get better in multiple areas of life. Right now for example? Eat more fruits and veggies Less caffeine More exercise less wasted time I could go on.  Are you this way, too? Tell me it’s not just me. So, I stop on a Monday and celebrate gratitude.  Because it reminds me...

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