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  • When You’re Just a Tad Overwhelmed ….

    On Friday, November 20 th, 2009
    I‘m standing at the counter, day seeping in without knocking, jotting down a list of the day’s tasks, the work of a week, in my journal, and it’s just a tad overwhelming and I am trying to remember just to breathe… And then I am fifteen, that summer I grip the handlebars of a Honda
  • Never Fear Shadows

    On Thursday, October 29 th, 2009
    Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” ~Ruth E. Renkel The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? ~Ps. 27:1 Related:Fear’s the First Step of FaithBe Not Afraid Photos: Hope-girl walks the lit leavesShare your thoughts?…Would you like Holy Experience delivered to you quietly
  • Don’t Be Afraid

    On Tuesday, October 06 th, 2009
    …a thoughtful reader sent this hauntingly beautiful poem of Jane Kenyon’s … “Let Evening Come” “Let the light of late afternoonshine through chinks in the barn, movingup the bales as the sun moves down. Let the cricket take up chafingas a woman takes up her needlesand her yarn. Let evening come…. Let the fox go
  • Multitudes on a Monday: All Gold

    On Monday, July 13 th, 2009
    He’s always called it Sunday Sadness, that shadow that creeps up over me come mid-Sabbath, when I prematurely begin grieving the passing of Sunday, when there’s still hours of it left, when I begin fearing the looming week to come, when there’s still grace for it too. It comes of years of Monday morning school
  • The Only Way To Traverse a Life

    On Tuesday, July 07 th, 2009
    When my name’s called from the hallway by the nurse in green scrubs, I forget to mark my page, just scuttle my books into bag and step high over the legs still waiting, because I know she’ll be waiting, all eyes. My sandals clack down the hallway, Mama clucking for a lost chick. She’s ten
  • Why We Hold Memories…

    On Tuesday, June 16 th, 2009
    I‘m practicing the act of remembering. This act He asks of His people. Because thanksgiving is turning the heart to look back to see all the long way His arms have carried. He asks us to remember because the memories kindle thanksgiving. “I will remember the deeds of the Lord;yes, I will remember…” Ps. 77:11
  • The Essence of Community

    On Thursday, May 07 th, 2009
    My sister married a city boy and brought him home to community. A small rural town with a Purina Feed Mill on the edge of town, a clock tower down by the river, just past the lights, a third generation shoe store on main street , and just down from Knapp’s, where all the farmers
  • How to Make the Leap of Faith

    On Thursday, April 30 th, 2009
    … a little prayer jar… Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” ~ Dwight L. Moody Lord… there’s only one way to make the wild faith leap. The spring is in the knees. Keep me on them. Pray… then plunge. Related:Fear’s the First Step out to FaithBe Not Afraid Photos:
  • Conversation: Fear’s the First Step of Faith

    On Wednesday, April 29 th, 2009
    We’re eating at the table, words mainly, the salty kind, and I never hear the cracking open of the world. Shalom’s still picking at her salad but the rest of us chew on Hebrews, the eleventh chapter. We each have a Bible, same version, open before us, Scripture handed out from the basket kept at
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