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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 cook and push back the chairs, his family bowed their heads and his ...

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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 and Healing and The True Hope found on a Tree…Reviving Words to lose a soul in… and be foun...

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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 exhale and child sways back to this part of the solar system and he takes my hand and...

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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 brother drags a dishtowel around a pot. “Boys…..” It’s o...

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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 at the road like notes on a bar of music, a cup o...

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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, orb silvered in delicate strings of song, and the grass, the tre...

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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 Prayer-Poem Journal. It is, like nearly all end...

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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 Fiction that Every Christian Should Read – 10 C...

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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 hand, I write down in journal the date and then a part...

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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 two of the paste Romas and juicy Better Boys. The boys keep the tiller going. Hope’s...

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  • God Speaks the Language we Know

    On Monday, February 16 th, 2009

    I’m blow drying this mop of hair, this hair with the cowlick, so heavy and thick and full, and the dryer howls and I’m rolling the wild strands all under, glancing at the quote beside the mirror, the one with a black and white picture of a long ago mama with her laced child on lap, words scrolled below in Edwardian script, “There is no higher height to which humanity can...

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  • Communing

    On Thursday, January 08 th, 2009

    “In the 1950s, a group of mature Christian men discussed the questions: “How do we help new believers develop a relationship with God? What are the most critical and basic elements that will help them grow in their new life with Christ?” They concluded that quiet time and memorizing Bible verses were the two most important practices to establish believers in the fa...

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