Slice of LifeWisdom

Slow Down and Respect the Process

Driving west on a local highway early one morning, I met a runner trudging along at the edge of morning traffic. Sweat dripping from his face, he took care to stay in the berm as semi trailers and morning commuters flew by. Through my windshield I spied a look of pain that revealed an all-too-familiar message: "This is hard. I'm not sure I can...

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Slice of LifeStory

Un-Masked: When Our Eyes Do the Talking

A trip to England, a writing workshop in Alaska, visits with my kids in Nashville and Chicago, a friend's wedding ... The list of things I've missed during this pandemic is lengthy and counting the losses can be discouraging, even painful. I'm sure it's the same for you. Some freedoms -- such as dining in restaurants, going to movies and...

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FaithGood BooksSlice of Life

Do You Have Questions About Racism? Me, Too

"Let us speak for ourselves." The words stung, but they needed to be said. In response to an all-white panel discussion a few years ago around the topic "how can white authors write about and for people of color", this one statement gave us the answer we needed. Step aside. Hand us the microphone. Let us speak. Fueled by the events of the past...

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FaithWisdom

Is It Time to ‘Reimagine’ and ‘Begin Again’?

Last December, I began considering whether I needed or wanted "one word" for 2020. I was looking back on a challenging, eventful year and the one word I thought would guide me through 2019 had been lost in the shuffle. I can't even tell you right now what it was. Then in January of this year, two words together began showing up everywhere --...

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FaithStory

Beyond ‘It Is Finished’ Let Our Question Be ‘What Next?’

None of the disciples, save one, could have imagined this day. They knew the scriptures but could not connect the sacred words to this reality. Who would have expected their leader would fulfill prophecy in such a violent manner -- beaten and executed before a throng that days earlier hailed him as King. They had celebrated their triumphal...

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FamilySlice of Life

Tips for Homeschooling in a Pandemic…and Beyond

First things first... My friend Brenda Yoder graciously invited me to join her in a conversation about motherhood on her podcast Life Beyond the Picket Fence. In the first half, I mention homeschooling. You can listen to that segment here. The second half is now available and our conversation gets a little more in depth as we discuss parenting...

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Tips for Homeschooling in a Pandemic and Beyond
Slice of LifeStoryWisdomWriting

A Birthday Request and a Gift for You

Birthdays sure have changed. As a little girl, I loved celebrating with my friends and taking treats to school to share with classmates (do kids still do that?). Then, for a very long season, I acted too cool to care and passed it off as just another year. These days, I'm not too proud to celebrate the fact I've made it another year and I'm...

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A birthday request
Faith

4 Steps Toward Shining Light in Dark Places

Through the winter months, I've looked forward to sitting in the early morning dark with my coffee, Bible, a journal and a stack of books I'm reading. This dawn encounter with God has become important to me. I kind of like that it takes place by candlelight, before the day unfolds and presses in, so I linger as long as my calendar and the...

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Let Your Light Shine

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