Faith

Where She Owns Her Influence and Names It

It was not my finest hour. At the end of three long days that involved taking our oldest son through doctors’ appointments, medical tests and travel, I came home to a messy kitchen. And I snapped. At least for me, the woman my husband calls the most patient person he knows, it was a “snap”. Maybe I just spoke firmly. Anyway, the target of my...

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Where She Owns Her Influence and Names It
Faith

When Sitting Tight in Christmas Just Makes Sense and an Epiphany for Epiphany

My Christmas decorations will come down this week. Maybe. According to my liturgical calendar, we're still in the season of Christmas, specifically the season of Epiphany which celebrates "the manifestation of Christ" in the flesh. Epiphany doesn't end until January 14, when we enter eight weeks of Ordinary time -- the quiet season between...

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When Sitting Tight in Christmas Just Makes Sense and an Epiphany for Epiphany
Faith

Waiting and Walking ‘With’

"How are you doing?" Over cups of hot tea, my dear friend asked a question that I've asked myself often lately. How am I doing? Am I doing enough to help our oldest son during a crucial time of healing -- body and soul? Am I getting enough rest? Am I still connecting with the rest of our family, with the brothers who want to know that I...

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Waiting and Walking ‘With’
Faith

In Facing Painful Emotions, Do We Become Whole?

Anger, fear, jealousy, despair, contempt, shame. In His humanity, God suffered every painful emotion He allows to enter our lives, and He suffers them still as He walks through the highs and lows in the lives of His children, His co-heirs with Christ. The words “value” and “place” have two different meanings, especially when considered in...

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In Facing Painful Emotions, Do We Become Whole?
Good BooksSlice of LifeStoryWriting

To Capture a Legacy in Stories

Six years ago, I sat down with my Dad and asked him to tell me some of his stories. I'd heard a lot of them, but once he got going, Dad surprised both of us with all the things he remembered about growing up in a small town during The Great Depression and all the jobs he'd held in his lifetime. I had a reason for asking Dad to share some...

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To Capture a Legacy in Stories
Slice of LifeStoryWriting

When the Seasons of Life Seem All Too Brief

Autumn is showing its colors in the valley this week and I can hardly contain myself. Looking out my kitchen window or hiking out to the cabin, I'm surrounded by beauty. This season is my favorite, but it's all too brief. I wait for it as I notice the quality of the sun changing in August and hear the first chirps of the peepers on the pond....

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When the Seasons of Life Seem All Too Brief
FaithStory

Who Do You Say I Am?

I have a passion for sharing our stories. If you've hung out here long enough, you probably noticed that. (I talk a lot about it here.) Lately, I've been guiding a small but mighty group of godly women in my church toward owning their hard stories. And not just owning them, but sharing them as the Lord leads to help other women walk into hard...

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Who Do You Say I Am?
FaithGood Books

To Search For Answers In All The Wrong Places

At my age, you'd think I have all the answers. Sometimes I pretend I do (and my husband would say I THINK I do), but the older I get I find I have more questions than answers. I've been searching for answers to some big questions lately. Questions like how do I help people I love realize time is short, the days are fleeting, and that "what has...

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To Search For Answers In All The Wrong Places
FaithWorship

A Prayer To Use My “Five Stones”

I heard Kathie Lee Gifford talk about it today, those words describing David's assault on the giant in I Samuel 17:40: Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine. David picked up five stones then went out to...

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A Prayer To Use My “Five Stones”
FaithGood BooksSlice of LifeWriting

To Know When To Pause

Time flies when you're having fun, right? It also flies when the ups and downs of life take you by the hand and drag you along. We're two weeks into October, 15 days into my commitment to write a short blog post every day and I'm falling woefully short of that goal. But, with so many other needful and necessary and good things taking me by the...

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To Know When To Pause