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  • What We’ve Got to Tell Kids About Living Extraordinary

    On Monday, March 31 st, 2014

    So yeah, you won’t likely find it making the headlines of People Magazine. But that shouldn’t stop real people from really knowing. Marjorie Knight told me when I was nine. She turned to me while we were hulling a heap of strawberries over her sink, and her white hair caught all this afternoon light and her gravelly voice rolled over those words like smoothened stones: R...

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  • Only the Good Stuff: Crazy Happy Multivitamins for Your Weekend

    On Saturday, March 01 st, 2014

    Quietly tucked on the side of this mountain? Ahhh, Be still and know – Because who doesn’t need some reuniting in our lives? {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} They’ve got brain studies to prove what babies really do to me?  Saturday morning Exhale {Consider turning off music by clicking t...

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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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  • 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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  • Because Sometimes the World Needs Joy-in-a-Box

    On Monday, April 22 nd, 2013

    Joy for someone struggling in the dark? Mother’s Day? Someone in need of a pick-me-up? The One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces and the photographic gift book,  Selections from One Thousand Gifts were both nominated as finalists for the Best Devotional and Best Gift Book in the Christian Retailer’s Choice Awards.    Maybe today&#...

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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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  • Daring Greatly to Live Fully — Right Where You Are

    On Monday, March 18 th, 2013

    When Monday gets caught in your teeth like a piece of spinach, the crazy thing is you could dare to laugh  — it gets things unstuck. You know how it goes — Laugh or die. A joyful heart is good medicine, not just a good platitude. You could — you could dare not to take yourself so seriously; dare to take yourself as Beloved. Dare to not to give yourself...

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  • How to find Happiness in the Dark

    On Monday, March 11 th, 2013

    Right after I read the story, I go looking for an old horn to screw right to the wall. There are things worth the proclaiming, you know? And after I find one, I walk around the house with the horn in hand trying to figure if it looks best on this wall? Or the back of this door? The Farmer raises his eyebrows. “A horn on a wall?” He’s grinning boyish. Joshua is playing sca...

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  • 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Begin Your 2nd Term of Life

    On Monday, January 21 st, 2013

    It felt like the second term to her. Her 39 and him about 40, and the first half over, now the beginning of the second. Or of the end — depending how you looked at it. You don’t get to make up most of your story. That’s what she thought at the stove over eggs, over all the cracked and broken things. You don’t get to make him love you like you want t...

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  • How to Keep in Time with God

    On Monday, January 14 th, 2013

    There wasn’t a morning that she didn’t flick off her bedroom light and find it right there on the edge of the table outside their bedroom door. One round vitamin C that he’d leave out for her, before he went to the barn and his udder-dripping sows. Like he thought she could just take it and keep the day from being infected with grief. Like there was a way to i...

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  • When You Don’t Want A New Year but A New You. . . {Camera Giveaway} *UPDATED with winner

    On Tuesday, January 01 st, 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 Truth about Sandy Hook: Where is God when Bad Things Happen?

    On Monday, December 17 th, 2012

    When the guy with the glasses and guitar stands at the front of the chapel, in the middle of Nowhere Country, and tells us all to stand, I’ve got no idea if I can. I don’t know if legs can hold a heart this heavy. I don’t know if anyone can stand straight in a fallen world and why don’t we all just fall on our skinned and bloodied knees? When grief is deepest, words ar...

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