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Hope for Weary Moms
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  I heard Christmas music on the radio this morning. Usually that really annoys me. I am not one of those Christmas-music-all-year-people.  But. In the middle of the candied costumed chaos of this season, it felt good to slip into the season of peace and joy for a moment. In between dashing out into the pouring rain to Halloween parties and blowing my nose...

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To Come Alive
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To Come Alive

Oct 27, 2013 by

I lie on my back and watch the surface of my tummy ripple like the surface of a pond disturbed.  My spirit is weary of sickness, fatigue, tissues, but my body is creating art within me, weaving a baby girl in the secret place.  The greatest kind of creative project alive in the darkness: eyelashes, fingernails, cells, molecules–the ultimate mixed media. Who am I...

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Winning versus Wasting
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 The other day, my husband Tim and our four year old, Ben were working a puzzle together and Benjamin was saying that he is the best puzzle worker, even better than Daddy.  I was half-listening as I worked in the kitchen and I said,“Oh I think Daddy is a really good puzzle worker, too.” And he said, “Yeah, me and Daddy are the best...

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Death By Neti Pot
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I’ve missed my goal for 31 days of writing, but I’m giving myself grace, too, as I slowly recover (yes, still!) from all of my sickness. Two rounds of pneumonia, one in September, one in October. On that note, two things: 1. Breathing through your nose at night is a luxury I will not take for granted again. Nasty mouth-breathing makes me feel like...

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Hope Renewed
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Hope Renewed

Oct 17, 2013 by

Gandalf, from The Fellowship of the Ring: “It is in Men that we must place our hope.” He  gives me hope. Hope that good men do exist. Faithful men who love their wives and protect their eyes from what the world considers normal. Strong daddies who are their daughter’s hero and their son’s superhero. Pastors who study to show themselves workmen approved, rightly dividing...

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Jesus’ Love Language
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   Most of us have heard of the five love languages.  You can identify your favorite way to give and receive love in order to improve the quality of your relationships. Jesus’ love language is no mystery. He tells us over and over in the Bible, If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Obeying him and pursuing holiness is Jesus’s love language. We...

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Be Who You Are
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Be Who You Are

Oct 14, 2013 by

Lady Gaga’s incredibly popular second album is titled “Born this way.”  The theme of the album is universal self-acceptance regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. One song is about Judas Iscariot and in her own words: “honoring your darkness in order to bring yourself into the light.” It’s a seductive message, as indicated by her scores of fans. Honor your darkness to bring...

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Hope Floats
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Hope Floats

Oct 11, 2013 by

Anne Lamott writes: And we don’t understand a lot of things. But we learn that people are very disappointing, and that they break our hearts, and that very sweet people will be bullied, and that we will be called to survive unsurvivable losses, and that we will realize with enormous pain how much of our lives we’ve already waste with obsessive work or pleasing...

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The Surgery of Suffering
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 God allows suffering.  Some people like to say that God does not allow suffering. It’s just there. It’s true that we live in a broken world and will be pierced by the pieces.  But Biblically, we see that God does allow these trials to sift us and these sufferings to sanctify us. 1.       “Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done...

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Behold the Man
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Behold the Man

Oct 9, 2013 by

Today is the first day I can say, “I feel better!” I keep thinking of this line from my kids’ (super sweet) book Bear Feels Sick after Bear’s friends have made him tea, given him medicine and tried to cheer him up when he’s sick.  Finally, feverishly, he falls asleep. “The friends watched and waited, they’d done all they could.  Then the bear wakes...

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The Carved-Out Ones
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Hey friends. Since I’m struggling with a second round of pneumonia, I thought it would be an appropriate day to draw from my conference material about suffering. Imagine a woodcarver with a chunk of wood.  To turn that piece of wood into a vessel, a cup or a bowl, he must carve out of the center, stroke by stroke hollowing it out into usefulness....

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Of Microphones and Munchkins
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For three days last week, I got up leisurely, had breakfast without fixing it for anyone else, and took my shower without a two year old pulling back the curtain to say, “Hello Mommy!”  I coaxed curls out of my hair, put on makeup, a dress, scarf, necklace, and earrings. I packed up my cute bag with my binder full of presentations and spent...

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Stuffy Sunday
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Stuffy Sunday

Oct 6, 2013 by

And by that, I mean “stuff”y Sunday It’s a great day to evaluate the amount of stuff in your life. Jesus tells a story in Luke 12 about a man who works really hard his whole life and when he gets a really good crop, he makes plans to build a bigger barn to hold the surplus.  Yet, Jesus has no praise for this...

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Everyday Radical
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David Platt wrote an excellent book called “Radical” confronting the gap between our Bibles and our churches.  In the book, he exhorts people to take really radical steps of faith for Christ, to sell houses and building and adopt orphans and move to the inner city.  And the message is compelling and Biblical and such a necessary prophetic word to our generation.  But there’s...

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Solitude, Silence, Sabbath.
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It’s a tilt-a-whirl world obsessed with busy. We’re connected everywhere, to everyone, and never really alone. But we need solitude. We need a break from the needs of everyone around us, the relationships ever ongoing, the stresses and the friction and the hourglass of time slipping away, always ever onward. Jesus sought solitude, often before momentous events. He needed to hear from the Father....

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Mommy Again
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Mommy Again

Oct 3, 2013 by

I spoke at a conference this week. For three days, five presentations. It was weird. By the final day, as I reviewed my manuscript, I fought against this inner thought, They don’t surely want to hear from me again. It’s taken me awhile to process the strangeness.  I think it’s this: For six years now of staying home with kids and squeezing into the...

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