Writing

Quiet :: When Silence Means You’re Up To Something

Our homeschooling years were rarely quiet. With four boys whose ages spread across 10 years, moments of silence were usually cause for alarm. If they weren't sick or sleeping, the absence of noise in our home meant they were up to something. But occasionally, I would be surprised by a quiet that came from deep concentration. Whether it was a...

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Faith

Lenten Logos :: Praying with Jesus

Easter is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. Spring weather, baskets of candy, soft bunnies, pretty new clothes, colored eggs. All of it beats snow, darkness, a chubby Santa and the potential for gift disappointment (it's a thing) hands-down. My grown-up reasons for loving Easter have as much to do with Lent as they do with the...

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Sunrise, Sunset. Swiftly Fly the Years

In the weeks before my son's birthday, I rummaged through two boxes of photos that hadn't been pasted into albums. I selected the best ones from his baby and little boy years, adding photos from the awkward times, from basketball, piano lessons, graduation and, most recently, with his significant other. I had decided to send him some memories as a gift for his birthday.

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The Christianity of Abundant Living

When you find a kindred spirit, the smart thing to do is to stay in touch. Traci Rhoades stood out in the crowd of aspiring writers at a conference we both attended a decade ago. I thank God that Traci had the same gut instinct because our long-distance friendship has resulted in some rich conversations. It's with great joy that I celebrate...

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Breaking the Silence to Cast My Vote

The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him. Habakkuk 2:20 October has been a noisy month. So much so that my own voice was silenced. All the chatter and declarations, accusations and politicking surrounding the upcoming presidential election left me at a loss for words. I wrote very little during October, letting...

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Co-author Your Story

A valuable, time-tested spiritual practice that can be incorporated into your rhythm of life is the Examen. In the third episode of Tell Me A Story podcast, I introduce you to this centuries-old practice and share how it's helping me join God in authoring my life story. The Examen helps you do just what it says -- examine each day by holding...

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Start With Why

“No one’s story exists alone. Each is tangled up in countless others. Pull a thread in my story and feel the tremor half a world and two millennia away.” ~ Daniel Taylor, author of Tell Me a Story     Socrates famously wrote “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” King Solomon in the Book of Proverbs said “The fear of the Lord...

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Our Stories Matter

“To lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but also spiritually.” ~ Frederick Buechner, Author, Storyteller, Theologian     Our neighbor, Bud, has lived in this rural Indiana valley as long as we have, but before he landed here, he called the hills of West Virginia “home”. Bud is a wood carver who...

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