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  • How to find God in the Messes?

    On Thursday, March 22 nd, 2012

    ‘How do you find God in all your mess? How do you see Him here? The Apostle John whispers it clear: “We [actually] saw his glory… For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift...

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  • When You’re Feeling Unseen & Unappreciated {Words for Lent}

    On Wednesday, March 21 st, 2012

    It’s hard to know what that is — when it’s a spotlight that heats up a prophet’s fervor.   When ardency kindles with a microphone and holiness is this blazing performance for audience and applause.   But what is that, that zealous ember in the dark, when a woman wipes the drool from her father’s chin and carries him down the hall to ...

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  • The 1 Reason Why You have to Slow Down

    On Monday, March 19 th, 2012

    We hear them far off in the woods, just as the sun sinks further down. And I stop. Because who doesn’t stop when the world slips up behind and surprises you? So we stand there and listen long and neither one of us can stop smiling and I almost forget to breathe. The frogs have returned, the frogs and their song.  Why does the trilling in the throat of a frog do thi...

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  • The Best Gift: When You want to Give Someone Joy-in-a-Box

    On Monday, March 12 th, 2012

    A bird flew straight into the kitchen last night. Perched  right on the top of that weather van on the mantle. And I looked up from the sink and thought it was you right there, your heart pounding right there out of your chest. It’s hard to be overwhelmed. What if we could do that — hand each other Joy in a Box? That one overwhelmed swallow perched there ...

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  • What’s Real Success & Kathie Lee Gifford & One Thousand Gifts

    On Tuesday, March 06 th, 2012

    A beautiful homeschooling mama invites me to come have lunch with her and her friend in New York City. I wear all black. Pull on my black boots. And in my black boots – This armour — this crazy pair of handknit rainbow-striped socks. Sometimes you have to wear His promises to remember to keep walking. I’m not going to lie: My knees trembled. But when  you...

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  • Why Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

    On Monday, March 05 th, 2012

    Do not let anything keep you – not anything — from flinging out of that sagging comfort zone, and right into the streets, eyes and mouth full of His wonder, to pant it in the marketplace the back alleys, the front fields, across the crackling wires   that you have seen Him, yes — you have seen the light — and with these very eyes, and you h...

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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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  • 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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  • Why it’s Time to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

    On Monday, February 13 th, 2012

    I hear it on Sunday, thinking the preacher’s looking straight at me. Me trying to look away: “When God moves us out of our comfort zone —- into places that are way bigger than us, places that are difficult, hard, painful —- that even hurt — this is a gift. We are being given a gift. These hard places give us the gift of intimately knowing God — in ways that woul...

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  • What to Do in Hard Times

    On Monday, February 06 th, 2012

    I would wonder later if I had hugged him tight enough before he left. I would put in laundry and wonder when I’d wash his again. Wonder if that plane would get him the 16,000 kilometers home again, across the jungle, an ocean, the mountains, the prairie, wonder if he’d ever find his way back here to the farm again. What if the someone you love doesn’t ever come home again...

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  • How to Be a Great Thinker

    On Monday, January 30 th, 2012

    When the rope pulls tight, Levi holds on  — and it looks like happy wonder might right split him. The kid, he’s all snow-caked — all celebration. He’s making me grin: Life could be like that — the falling down part of the celebrating of the fully living. He’s making me the child —  the laughter falling like snow, and his cheeks all...

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  • Why You Really Need to Think About Losing (Because This is how You Win)

    On Monday, January 23 rd, 2012

    In the middle of a stiff winter wind, she asks to go to the beach. That’s where she says she wants to celebrate the turning of her calendar year. To stand on the frozen snow and turn her face directly into whatever is coming this way. We’re the only ones there. Nothing can mean nothing, and everything means something. Yes — everything. We walk the long boardwalk, o...

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