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For 2013: Less Stuff, More Grace
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I’m working amidst a chaotic whirlpool of Christmas clutter: boxes and cellophane and tags and toys blended into a colorful soup in our living room, when the doorbell rings. I peek through the window slats to see a young woman, red face, tears. I know what this is, and it’s Tim she’ll need to see. I call him. She’s walked here, she says, and...

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I Love That.
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I Love That.

Jan 9, 2013 by

I love writing. Sometimes I come here and just stare at this blank space, craving to fill it up with words for the mere joy of creation.  Creation is so fullfilling, so satisfying, like the perfect, sweeping victory in a game of Settlers of Catan. To sit back and read and enjoy your own work is addictive, like sugar and I just want more. ...

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Letter to Myself on the Eve of a New Year
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Dear Ashley, You are by far the most arduous person for me to write. Another year zips to a close and you stand on the cusp of 2013. In 2010, you discovered gratitude, in 2011, you discovered grace, and in 2012, you discovered a dream.  How now, will you live in light of all you’ve been shown? Fearlessly.  This is my charge for you....

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One Practical Reason Why This Might Truly Be the Year
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  Got Bible? If you’ve ever resolved to read through the Bible in one year only to find yourself petering out in Leviticus by late January, this is the post for you. Read on! January 4th found me denuding the Christmas tree of its ornaments while my three year old zoomed around with a Power Rangers toy.  Our 14 month old was finishing his...

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