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Easter

  • What the ‘In Need’ People Really Need, Indeed… [Holy Week: 7]

    On Sunday, April 20 th, 2014

    And all the people in need, in desperate need, in broken need, whisper it like a breaking dawn in the dark, He is risen indeed, indeed, indeed. and the cornerstone of Christianity is this rotting cell sparking, a heart valve quivering in the pitch, a beetle scratching in the black while convex chest cavity shudders, sunken death inflating with His hot breath, atoms of the se...

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  • When You’re Feeling Spiritually Dry during Holy Week
    [Holy Week: Day 3]

    On Wednesday, April 16 th, 2014

     [Scroll down for the three posts shared here today?] Dad always did that after the meat and potatoes, after the plates were cleared and stacked. He’d ask for a toothpick. Him in his plaid flannel shirt and Levi’s, looking for a bit of a tree to right everything again. That’s what he’d do before he left the table: He’d snap the wood between his fi...

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  • [A Christian Passover & Printable]
    When Holy Week is Far from Perfect & You Just Need a Perfect Lamb

    On Wednesday, April 16 th, 2014

        So on a week when you feel messy and behind and burdened and it’s obvious that you’re flailing and aching just a bit — it’s the small things. A few plants in dirt for an Easter Grace Garden. Some figs and almonds from the store on Tuesday and some thorns in a crown — even just one or two.  Read just one devotional ...

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  • Make an Easter Garden: When You Need a Garden Getaway in the Middle of Holy Week

    On Wednesday, April 16 th, 2014

    So the thing is, back there in the beginning, we all had this shattering fall in a garden. And we mark it on the calendar, Christ, falling in the garden of Gethsemane. Christ, righting our messy fall. So the kids and I, we put our hands into dirt, and we remember our garden fall and His garden grace, and we make a Grace Garden for Easter. : How to Make a Gra...

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  • What an Easter Monday Faith Looks Like

    On Monday, April 01 st, 2013

    ‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair – We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!’ ~ John Paul II ‘All new life comes out of the dark places, and hasn’t it always been? Out of darkness, God spoke forth creation. That wheat round and ripe across all these fields, they swelled as hope embryos in womb of the black earth. Out o...

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  • When You’re Tired of Being Torn: Why He Came {A Good Friday Reflection: The One-Piece Life}

    On Friday, March 29 th, 2013

    Our Pastor calls to ask if I’d do one of a few dramatic monologues for Good Friday service— a moment through the eyes of the mother of Jesus? So I write down words… and imagine the mother of our Lord… fingering the bloody tunic of her Son. Son…. Son of God… Son of mine… God. Why? From the beginning I have watched and I have listened and...

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  • When You’re Struggling through Holy Week (Thursday)

    On Thursday, March 28 th, 2013

    There’s snow in the middle of Holy Week. A dusting, a sugar snow, an Easter snow. As if the whole smashed world is intent on freezing. Doing whatever it takes, over and over again, to stay numbed to the burn of the pain. Because somebody’s beloved kid had a womb scraped out to get rid of a kid. As if a family tree can be conveniently cut up. A 14-year-old boy shoots hi...

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  • Why You need an Island of Quiet right now

    On Wednesday, March 27 th, 2013

    Sunday, there’d been the crowning, the waving of the palms. Monday, then the cleansing, the cursing of the fig. Tuesday, the conflict, the plotting of the Pharisee. Then come Thursday —  there would be the communion, the breaking of the bread. And Friday, the crucifixion, the hanging of the impossible dead. And at no point could  anyone have imagined the confusio...

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  • Forget Perfect: When All You Need for Easter is the Lamb {Free Easter Printable}

    On Tuesday, March 26 th, 2013

    So on a week when you feel messy and behind and burdened and it’s obvious that you’re flailing and aching just a bit — it’s the small things. A few plants in dirt for an Easter Grace Garden. Some figs and almonds from the store on Tuesday and some thorns in a crown — even just one or two.  Read just one devotional  (download her...

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  • When You’re Feeling Dry for Holy Week . . . . {Christian Easter Activity}

    On Tuesday, March 26 th, 2013

    {Two posts today… second one will be up around 3:00 pm EST} Dad always did that after the meat and potatoes, after the plates were cleared and stacked. He’d ask for a toothpick. Him in his plaid flannel shirt and Levi’s, looking for a bit of a tree to right everything again. That’s what he’d do before he left the table: He’d snap the wood bet...

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  • How To Get Through Cancer, Dark Times, & Suffering {…and an interview @Desiring God}

    On Monday, March 25 th, 2013

    So this Palm Sunday weekend found me gathering with the women from Perimeter Church. Where songwriter Laura Story, and her soul beautiful friend,Tiffany both attend…. and I pray their God stories in the midst of suffering forever change me: {Consider muting Mr. Nevue’s music over in the left sidebar, clicking on the speaker icon? and RSS readers may click her...

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  • Come to the Easter Garden {A Christian Easter Family Activity}

    On Thursday, March 14 th, 2013

    So the thing is, back there in the beginning, we all had this shattering fall in a garden. And we mark it on the calendar, Christ, falling in the garden of Gethsemane. Christ, righting our messy fall. So the kids and I, we put our hands into dirt, and we remember our garden fall and His garden grace, and we make a Grace Garden for Easter. : How to Make a Grac...

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