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  • Three Ways to Hear God Today

    On Wednesday, January 06 th, 2010
    It’s crazy, but I wait all day like Elijah on the mountain, wait for the loud and the blazing, the flash and fireball. The dog barks on the front porch. Shalom laughs at her daddy’s silly joke, rubs his nose with hers, repeats that same funny line in giggles all day. I lose a needed
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  • Faith For Those In The Field

    On Friday, November 27 th, 2009
    Ann?” He calls from the back door. “Can you can grab me The Word? On the stick?” His voice finds me at the table with books and children and pencils. From the window, I can see the tractor idling in the lane, the cap of it’s muffler bobbing. He’s headed to the field. “You left
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  • Eating Bread: The One Habit that’s Most Changed Us

    On Wednesday, November 04 th, 2009
    (You were asking? Several notes to the inbox with questions, so a revisitation on how our family quietly eats this book…) Words are always dessert. I was sixteen when I first I ate dinner at his house and when the plates were cleaned, forks laid down, when it’d seem commonplace to nod thanks to the
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  • weekends are for the page turning

    On Saturday, October 10 th, 2009
    He didn’t even notice me, he was so lost in the story. May you find a quiet spot this weekend, kind friends (even if you have to happily go out on a limb?), to rest and turn some good pages. And too, maybe more than a few moments with a Real Page Turner? About Grace
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  • When You’re tired of the nothingness…

    On Wednesday, August 05 th, 2009
    I lie on grass under maple skirts. He laughs and sun catches in his iris and something inside of me combusts. A child swings over us into blue. And I press myself into the earth’s crust and ask: Why isn’t there just nothing? Why is there something at all? The orb spins and my lungs
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  • The Word that Woos

    On Wednesday, July 29 th, 2009
    The lips that resuscitate linger, a kiss that heals the blue and gasping, and I know it again on a Saturday. “Could you hurry up and dry already?” Son rinses off enamel bowl, slams it into sink. “We’re going to be late!” “We’re not supposed to yell, so why don’t you stop that already?” Younger
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  • How to Read the Bible: Eat This Book

    On Wednesday, July 22 nd, 2009
    Pass the carrots, please.” “May I please have the butter?” “Is there another slice of bread?” We eat. Three times a day. Mostly out at the old table on the front porch these days, ringing it with the passing of the butter, the bread, the water pitcher. The swallows swoop and line the telephone lines
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  • The Art of Scripture Reading: Why Read the Bible?

    On Wednesday, July 15 th, 2009
    Early I find it, filigree in the fog, night threads beaded with heaven’s breath. I bend low, patron hushed in the gallery. Photo credit My feet are wet, bare and hallowed, and I hear music. Sequined web sings pearled notes slipped on rising scale and for a moment, a day, an eternity, morning’s world shimmers,
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  • Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline: An Act of Prayer

    On Wednesday, June 24 th, 2009
    This is praying time, and the act of listening in prayer is the same act as listening in writing.” ~Madeleine L’Engle I read Scripture. I listen. I pray. I pick up pen. I listen. I pray. This writing becomes prayer, heart stretched right out, poems laid bare. One of my held-close, always-come-with-me journals is my
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  • Weekend Wanderings: The Summer Reading Edition

    On Saturday, June 20 th, 2009
    Why Should Christ-Followers Read Fiction @ BreakPoint 8 Tips to Remember What You Read@ Sharp Brains Library Elf — an email service that reminds you when your library books are due — so sign out books without fear! How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen – a plethora of fascinating Top 10 book lists
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  • Journaling as Spiritual Discipline: How to Set up and Organize a Journal

    On Wednesday, June 10 th, 2009
    Journaling is keeping company with God, God who asks as He walks through the Garden, “Where are you?” Journaling answers: Here I am. It leaves markers of the soul’s journey. One Way to Organize a Journal and Track the Journey of a Soul: 1. Leave Tags: When I sit reading His Word, listening pen in
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  • To Survive Hard Times

    On Thursday, May 28 th, 2009
    When I ask him he’s still got his shovel in hand, and he nods and says he can’t see why not, that it’s late enough in May, warm enough, sure, plant the tomatoes, and since Dutch Father-in-law, Opa, has more than six decades of digging under his gardening nails, I dig them in, all fifty
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