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  • What’s the Answer to Anxiety?

    On Monday, January 16 th, 2012

    There are birds at the feeders, chickadees. They flit nervous. I watch the light in the trees, the way it falls across the walls. Across the calendar and to-do lists and I try to remember to breathe. John Calvin and I remember the year we were four. The year I was four, my sister was crushed under the wheels of a truck in our driveway. That’s my first memory, the day Aimee wa...

  • Of Kathie Lee & One Thousand Gifts & Favorite Things

    On Tuesday, January 10 th, 2012

    There are days when one feels hushed and small. Like when the gracious Kathie Lee Gifford holds up a bit of your heart on the Today Show and says it’s one of her favorite things. {Consider pausing music by clicking the slider directly under the header? If reading in a reader or via email, click here to view? } And you feel small and broken before an uncontainable, beautiful ...

  • Because Saying Thank-You Can Change the World

    On Monday, January 09 th, 2012

    Sometimes the best way to receive a gift is to give it away. Because the only things we really have — are the things we hand over. On a Monday morning in January, I get up and have a glass of clean water and think about a man I met who lives outside a dump. How could either one of us have known what would happen? His name is Saul — “but not the crazy king,&#...

  • The 1 Habit Your New Year Can’t Do Without: {Giveaway}

    On Thursday, January 05 th, 2012

    ‘Anail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” ~ Erasmus It’s only the 4th day of the New Year, when this woman cups my face in her hands and draws me right close to just say it. “It’s changed my life.” I’ve been trying to shake it for days, as I set the table, read with the kids, watch the snow come down — shake...

  • What the New Year Needs Most

    On Monday, January 02 nd, 2012

    When I wake up terrified on the first morning of the New Year, he’s shaving in front of the mirror. “Afraid? Why?” He shakes the razor over the sink. The rain’s falling hard on the windows, like this washing away of everything before. “If you count each “Fear Not” in Scripture, there’s apparently 366 — one for every day of t...

  • 3 Gifts You Really Need to Open Right Now: Love Comes Down {video}

    On Monday, December 19 th, 2011

    Come to the manger… and find the Cross in Christmas. Will you open your present early this year? Our gift to you… Scroll to double bar PAUSE symbol, located above the date, and pause the background music. Then, click PLAY button on the video & begin to open your gifts! If you can’t view the video, click here… Share video with friends Come. Come to...

  • when it’s hard to believe in miracles this Christmas

    On Monday, December 12 th, 2011

    The dates etched into that one clay plate are over 2,000 years old. That makes the boys gape. Makes them press their fingers against the glass of the exhibit. Trying to touch time. Trying to believe. Trying to hear me as I read the museum’s plaque in hushed tones: “Wizened and carbonized, these dates were discovered in the caves of Qumran… in the caves with th...

  • A Year of Graces : A Free 12 Month Calendar {Printable}

    On Monday, December 05 th, 2011

    The secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we struggle to see where He is. So a calendar making spaces to daily keep seeking Him — a year of graces… January: “Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.R...

  • how to really wake up to living

    On Monday, November 28 th, 2011

    There’d been no knowing that I had been dead all day. There had been the plugged toilet, there was no getting around knowing that. We all knew that  needed definite attention, a toilet in a house of 8 always requiring an immediate resurrection. After that, there had been the mad dash to music lessons. Lots of frantic movement, sure, and yes, flailing — but really? ...

  • what we’ve got to keep front & center here …

    On Friday, November 25 th, 2011

    Because, um, yeah… I have soul amnesia like that. Just one good word for the gift-giving season … to turn the carols up louder and remember all His gifts — And happily become the gift! Blessings this Friday!     :: :: :: … banner a beautiful gift from Jill ::

  • One Thousand Gifts : The Free App……. Because Thanksgiving is More than a Holiday— It’s the Way to Wake Up to Really, Fully Living

    On Tuesday, November 22 nd, 2011

    Is counting gifts a challenge? Keeping a gratitude journal nigh unto impossible? Need some inspiration as to why bother counting the blessings? Oh, please, we’d love to you to come join in the discussion over at (in)courage…. If you are thinking counting gifts is not for you… then I unashamedly beg you to read this story.   Because Thanksg...

  • The Real First Thanksgiving Keep Calm & Count On {free printable}

    On Monday, November 21 st, 2011

    That field of beans west of the barn, it looked gaunt come October, bean pods all hanging like bony ribs. Whenever the wind sighed, the whole field just rattled skinny. That’s how my Dad always spoke of a railish man, that you could count his ribs. Nothing in me wanted to count those beans, know the yield, from this spare field. When the Farmer rolled the combine in and lowe...

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