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The Secret to Fasting in a Lent that is Failing

29th February 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 […]

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

28th February 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 […]

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When You Want to Turn Your Life Around

27th February 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 […]

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weekends are for slowing & smelling roses

25th February 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. […]

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Where to Find Happiness

24th February 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 […]

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4 Ways to be a Better Friend

23rd February 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, […]

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Free Easter Devotional Book to Make a Jesus Easter Tree

22nd February 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. […]

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

21st February 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 […]

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What God means to Make of Your Stress

20th February 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 […]

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

17th February 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? […]

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