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  • The problem of evil? The Greater Problem of Good?

    On Monday, September 10 th, 2012

    So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate. And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron. “Why is there all this loveliness?” She wants to know. I almost tell her — The World is full of loveliness beca...

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  • What Fills the Space after a Goodbye

    On Tuesday, September 04 th, 2012

    He wasn’t yet a week when I changed his diaper in the front seat of that Ford Escort and he’d christened his father’s steering wheel with this stream of pale gold. The Farmer had muttered something about this boy of his being the death of him yet. I’d chuckled, tucked the falling hair behind the ear, sealed the lumpy diaper and snapped up the buttons ...

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  • How to Live the Really Best Bucket List

    On Tuesday, August 28 th, 2012

    When I’d picked up the magazine lying on the seat next me, the pages fell open to this editor’s column — about his bucket list. “We all have a bucket list – whether it is written down or tucked somewhere in the back of our mind just waiting for the right moment to transition over to ink on paper.” I finger the corner of the glossy page. Ra...

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  • When You Are Finding it Hard to Keep Up {Chased by Grace}

    On Monday, August 20 th, 2012

    They say that there are 62 lego pieces for every one person on the planet. And I’m thinking that with that thrifted rubbermaid tub found at the Sally Ann, this house has several thousand over that ratio. There are legos across the basement floor and under the boys’ bed and scattered ones abandoned in the bottom of drawers, remnants of pockets and dreams. There ar...

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  • How to Really Live

    On Monday, August 13 th, 2012

    It’s like an awakening. That right in the middle of the Sunday sermon, while the pastor’s preaching what salvation really means,  I can see a woman in a pew ahead of me flipping through the pages of an Avon catalogue. I can only bow my head. Because there are a thousand ways to be lukewarm and there’s a reason I know that. I’ve been apathetic about gra...

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  • How to Make Sure Your Kids {& You} have the Best Job in the World

    On Tuesday, August 07 th, 2012

    After they left, there was the laundry. There was the laundry on the line and there was the wind and there was the clipping of each pin to the line,and it was like a staking. How do you find your place and point in this world and what’s your real work in this world and how do you not miss it? The hens are pecking in the grass somewhere behind me, clucking low, looking, pe...

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  • The 1 Thing You Have Got to Know… When You are Looking for Answers

    On Monday, July 30 th, 2012

    The day our 6th child is born, a straight line wind rips through and tears trees in the woods straight out of the ground. We name the baby born in a storm, we name her Shalom. Her name means peace in Hebrew. We name her Shalom and she is born the day a storm mangles all our countryside, tears the roofs off a half a dozen barns, and Shalom means wholeness – and what if she ne...

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  • A Letter For All the World’s Daughters

    On Monday, July 23 rd, 2012

    I wouldn’t have gone to the gold fields if it wasn’t for you. If you hadn’t handed me Advil for my fever and sore throat, a glass of water for the Advil, a promise that it’d only be 10 minutes and I’d be sorry if I didn’t go to the fields. We brought the food you’d made for the men. One plate for your Dad in the combine and one plate fo...

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  • The Blessing

    On Monday, June 25 th, 2012

    There is much afoot at the farm this week —  that all involves an invitation to all of you to come to the farm {more on the grace of that soon! Pray?} … So if all the friends will be invited ?  Today, first inviting one of my oldest and most cherished friends to the farm, pulling up a rocking chair on the front porch and listening to Tonia Peckover tell just this:...

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  • How to be One of the Strong …………… {and What Christian Sacrifice is Really}

    On Monday, June 18 th, 2012

    That’s the thought that struck me standing there with all of them under the sky. That collapsed all the clouds into this one loop of surprising wonder. How could I have ever known he’d be a father like this and in Christ, is anything ever really a sacrifice? On a weekend about fathers, we stand in a field at an airport and watch the swooping of wings. I h...

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  • Bonhoeffer & Counting One Thousand Gifts

    On Monday, June 11 th, 2012

    ‘Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts. We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forw...

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  • What if Joy were always Possible?

    On Monday, June 04 th, 2012

    Joy is the fruit of gratitude. And gratitude is rooted in perspective. And when one’s rooted in Christ, one has been given the gift of the eyes that really see.   So joy is always possible. As long as thanks to God is possible, then joy in God is always possible. Joy is always possible. ~One Thousand Gifts   Grateful to the Lord for this …. {...

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