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  • [After the SuperBowl]
    Why It’s Good to Think About Losing This Week (Because This is How You Win)

    On Monday, February 03 rd, 2014

    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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  • How to Live When You Only Have So Much Time Left [Pt. 1]

    On Monday, January 27 th, 2014

    Yeah, who knows how long we’ve got? Somebody answer us that. Somebody get up on your tipsy soapbox and wring just that out of a grimy, holy world. Flip over your neat little nursing chart and scan the scans of our broken hearts that somehow just keep on beating brave and you run your finger along all the fracture lines and just tell us that — how long have we got. ...

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  • When You’re Desperate for More Than Barely Surviving Your Life

    On Monday, January 20 th, 2014

    On Saturday night when the snow falls large, like feathers from heaven’s tick, I kneel in the muck of the barn and milk a sow. Rub her udder, warm and swollen right heavy round, nudge at the vessel fullness of her, and wait for her drip. Wait for the sticky whiteness of her dripping sweet, the snow piling without a sound on the roof. When I’m bent over her udder wi...

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  • What Jesus Said is a Life-Changer: The Sozo Habit
    [Camera Giveaway Winners]

    On Friday, January 10 th, 2014

    ‘I sit at the prayer bench before my bedroom window. Outside, our boys roll millions of flakes into a snow fort. I read the passage in the Bible open in front of me, one I remember from the musty basement of the Knox Presbyterian Church Sunday school. uh, yeah — I think I know this one. Yeah…. Jesus restores ten lepers to wholeness. And only one returns ...

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  • How to Know God’s Will for Your Life: The Art of Fully Living [Giveaway for DSLR Camera]

    On Wednesday, January 08 th, 2014

    When you are a musician and you stop counting — it’s like running around in the forest in the dark without a flashlight. That’s what the piano teacher said to the kid at the keys. Without counting, keeping the rhythm of grace,  life gets a bit like smashing into trees in the dark without a flashlight. And a whole year like that? Can leave you beat up a...

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  • How to Move Forward into the New Year… when you feel like you failed the last year

    On Monday, December 30 th, 2013

    How Maggie Pluim knew to ask that question, I’ll never know. Grace has it’s unending ways. True, I had told her straight up that I had no intention of showing up for the church’s annual New Year’s Eve party with Marian Brubacher’s caramel popcorn and Viola Gingerich’s raspberry punch and Mr. Vaness’ countless rounds of Dutch Blitz. R...

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  • The One Way You Can Keep Opening the Presents
    [a story in photos]

    On Friday, December 27 th, 2013

    So it came and went and she didn’t get it all done. And the basement was a mess and two of the boys got into a squabble and there was no ham, only soup, and somebody slammed a door — hard. And she’d smiled thinly… and then smiled relief. The One coming to the manger, is the Messiah who assures you: It. Is. Finished. He came to d...

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  • The Shortest, Surest Way to All Happiness

    On Wednesday, November 27 th, 2013

    As stoves are turned on for feasts, as thanks to God is quietly offered up to God from all over the world, as kids print out and put up their own thanksgiving trees or Christmas trees, as homes and families prepare for a season of holi-days, holy-days, and the music is turned on low in the background – from the classic, of old theologian, William Law, (1...

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  • Ending the Stealing of Thanksgiving: A Parable

    On Monday, November 25 th, 2013

    So there once was this Farmer. Yeah, he could have been an electrician, a mechanic, a vet — and a story like this could have easily been about a salesman, a mother, a nurse, a teacher, a trucker because we’re all kin with stories that are kind of the same and we’re all the same kind of different. So, yeah, there once was this Farmer — and the guy knew dirt. He had dirt....

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  • How to Get Through When You Want to Give Up

    On Friday, November 22 nd, 2013

    from Desiring God president, and author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith,  Jon Bloom: Jon Bloom’s post last week: “Grumbling is a symptom of a myopic soul. Selfishness has caused tunnel vision and has fixated on a craving(s). Grumbling is evidence of soul-vision impairment. Gratitude is a symptom of a healthy, expansive soul. ...

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  • A Whole Forest of Printable Thanksgiving Trees

    On Tuesday, November 05 th, 2013

    Your Thanks Giving Trees? Joining even the trees of the field that will clap their hands in thanks to Him!  Print out Your Own Thanks Giving Tree? {We’d love to see your Thanks Giving tree? Share your Thanksgiving Tree with us on twitter? (@annvoskamp #1000gifts) Instagram? (@annvoskamp #1000gifts)  or over in our Gratitude to God Facebook community? }    ...

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  • Why Thanksgiving is Subversive {and How to Have the Best Thanksgiving Yet}

    On Monday, November 04 th, 2013

    Mama can kick leaves in the woods like she’s tearing back the crumpled paper wrapped over the surface of things. She walks with a stick. She dragged it out from under some maple saplings. And then she pins that trail under her right down. Like there’s no loud and flippant way she’s letting anything make her miss the now right under her, no way that that now could just up ...

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