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  • The Secret to Fasting in a Lent that is Failing

    On Wednesday, February 29 th, 2012

    Dust cloth in hand, that is what I’m thinking Lent’s all about. Don’t I desperately want to be changed when Easter morning dawns? For something different to have dawned in me. I wash things down. I mean, it’s easier to blithely dust, spring clean, do some happy spring decorating than to think about Lent. I get that. I’d like that. But it&...

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  • A Man, A Dog & How to Form Up a Life

    On Tuesday, February 28 th, 2012

    She watched him from the side of the road, there at the woods, watched as he called to his dog. How the snow was deep, how the ditch was deep. How the dog dug. She watched how the Farmer came. Waded down by the fenceline, snow up to the waist, bent and filled his arms with his dog. That is how he did it, how he formed his life into something hallowed. He bowed his head, bent...

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  • When You Want to Turn Your Life Around

    On Monday, February 27 th, 2012

    It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty. He splits the Word right open then and that’s when I’m cut to t...

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  • weekends are for slowing & smelling roses

    On Saturday, February 25 th, 2012

    For leaning in and inhaling the fragrance of the lush & really living. Beauty for the Weekend : On a Saturday morning…- listen to Mr. Nevue’s free streaming of his piano music — quiet beauty for the weekend. Creative Inspiration for the Weekend :  Download and print 29 Ways to be Creative… and pray, always pray.    Dreaming of spring gardens...

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  • Where to Find Happiness

    On Friday, February 24 th, 2012

    Right after I read the story, I go looking for an old horn to screw right to the wall. There are things worth the proclaiming. And after I find one, I walk around the house with the horn in hand trying to figure if it looks best on this wall? Or the back of this door? The Farmer raises his eyebrows. “A horn on a wall?” He’s grinning boyish. Joshua is playing scales. Levi...

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  • 4 Ways to be a Better Friend

    On Thursday, February 23 rd, 2012

    It was after Mare Griebe* said she was done with me, that I knew. Mare, she had taken me to my first youth Bible study. She delivered the thick folded notes from the first boy who ever asked me out. And I had flown half across the country to be her maid of honor, then again, ten years later to hold her first baby. We talked lactation and I helped with latch and I thought we...

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  • Free Easter Devotional Book to Make a Jesus Easter Tree

    On Wednesday, February 22 nd, 2012

    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls. Levi picks it up, his eyes twinkling, stars risen early. I can only hope Levi doesn...

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  • How to Prepare a Family for Lent {Printable} {Create a Forgiveness & Fresh Start Place}

    On Tuesday, February 21 st, 2012

    Every baby I bore had the same birth defect, inherited of their mother, their father, all who have ever come before… They were all born with the turned-away face. I remember this on a Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, on a grey February afternoon with the snow falling right cold. I watch snow fall and think of our fall away. I think of the ways we have scraped today. And the...

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  • What God means to Make of Your Stress

    On Monday, February 20 th, 2012

    There were guitars this weekend. There were guitars and a hymn and there were voices rising and raised hands, and who could help it? Were the whole realm of nature mine, even this, the raised hands, the bowed head, the murmuring of thanks — it would be an offering far too small. I had thought that. I had thought that standing there worshiping with the guitars and strings...

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  • This is Who You Are — Right Where You Are {Sermon on the Mount} {Video} {link-up}

    On Friday, February 17 th, 2012

    {Consider pausing the music by clicking the slider directly under the header? And if reading in a reader or via email – click here to go for a walk in the woods on a foggy day on the farm… Oh, and next time? I’m praying for sun and recording a different view? Kids? Goats? Hens? Sunshine? } And these words I’m trying to know by heart — I pray t...

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  • A Prayer for Your Home

    On Thursday, February 16 th, 2012

    Bless this nest, Lord, of fragile things, encircling the breakable and broken in grace, in the ever warmth of Your wing, in the sheltering shadow of Your face, us the clinging ones, You our clutch of hope, singing to us the song of home.     Resource: Bless Our Nest

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  • One Way To Help Your Marriage Be Even Better

    On Wednesday, February 15 th, 2012

    When my Grandma told me to marry a man who wasn’t much to look at  – so I wouldn’t worry of him wandering – I had nodded ‘cause I loved her. But I confess. I didn’t intend to pay her any mind. I did ask her if she had taken her own advice. She said yes — and my grandfather had slapped the worn knee of his jeans and roared with laughter and I saw it w...

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