FaithSlice of Life

And Her Faith Was Made Complete

Three small "scholars" are buckled into my back seat, blue eyes peering at me from beneath straw hats and a bonnet. They are the oldest of my Amish neighbor's seven children. Our five-mile drive to their country school is quiet, my passengers answering questions in a whisper, smiling shyly at my image in the rear-view mirror. I tune in to a...

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And Her Faith Was Made Complete
Good BooksSlice of Life

Don’t Let ‘Good’ Crowd Out ‘Best’

So many good things are crowding their way onto my calendar this Fall. You, too? Conferences, writing opportunities, church events, festivals, garden harvesting, meet-ups with friends, trips to see my kids......then there's the reading and writing for the college course I'm taking. There's a crowd at my doorstep, and I have to decide who to...

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Don’t Let ‘Good’ Crowd Out ‘Best’
Slice of Life

Welcome September, With All Your Wind and Rain

I step onto the porch and breathe deeply of the morning mist. Gray mornings like this one, with their wind and rain, are a welcome relief from the intense sun and humidity of our Midwestern summer. I doubt I would be content in a climate that doesn't offer the changing seasons.  A place where the sun is always shining, where leaves never...

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Welcome September, With All Your Wind and Rain
FaithGood BooksWriting

Daughters of the Church and Walking on Water

I warned you... I'm studying to earn a Certificate of Ministry to Women at Moody Bible Institute and I knew it wouldn't be long before things I'm reading would seep into the posts I leave for you here. Daughters of the Church by Ruth A. Tucker and Walter Liefeld is a treasure trove of fascinating stories about women who have declared the...

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Daughters of the Church and Walking on Water

Loved in Your Language :: Five Minute Friday

I'm linking up today with other bloggers to write for five quick minutes on the one word LOVED. To read other essays, drop by here. We've been talking about the Fruit of the Spirit in church lately. You know them. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control There they are in big blue letters so...

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Loved in Your Language :: Five Minute Friday

When Those Who Cannot Go, Give :: Trades of Hope

Her name was Sandra and we made an instant connection. She was the only Honduran woman I'd met who spoke beautiful English. And, she bore the name of my little sister. On my second trip to Honduras, I was asked to share a Bible study with the local women. A circle of chairs was set up in the grass outside the church in the mountain village of...

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When Those Who Cannot Go, Give :: Trades of Hope
Slice of Life

5 Benefits of Celebration

We don't have enough celebrations in our lives. Sure, we do the big ones -- holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new jobs, new babies. But how often do we pause to celebrate the victories in our lives? The overcoming, persevering, repenting, renewing? I witnessed two such celebrations this week. A brave woman stood before a supportive...

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5 Benefits of Celebration

Five Minute Friday :: His Way Is the High Way

"It's my way or the highway." You've heard that phrase before, right? And maybe you've said it -- not always with words, but certainly with attitude. I know I have. One of the blessings of growing older (and there are many, trust me) is that experience teaches us a few things, even causes a mellowing of certain views, convictions and...

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Five Minute Friday :: His Way Is the High Way
FamilyGood Books

Is Contentment Out of Reach, or Simply a Destination?

“It was the best time of my life.” Dad’s nostalgia on a recent Friday evening carried him back through the 35 years he spent with Boy Scouts of America. Making it all the way to one badge short of Eagle Scout (a story he’ll tell with little prompting) set him up to spend over 20 years as a Scout leader. His loyalty and dedication earned him a...

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Is Contentment Out of Reach, or Simply a Destination?
Family

It’s All About Perspective :: Eyes That See

I just spent a week in San Diego. It's true, what they say -- San Diego has perfect weather and the scenery is breath-taking. In the middle of our vacation week, I learned that a dear man from our church fellowship had unexpectedly passed away. I had joined others in praying for his recovery from surgery earlier in the week. It wasn't meant to...

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It’s All About Perspective :: Eyes That See