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  • Letters to the Wounded {#1}

    On Friday, March 08 th, 2013
    And after sharing Letters to the Wound {#2} this week? …. I went back in the archives and pulled out Letters to the Wounded {#1}. D ear Wounded, You were bleeding quiet in my inbox. I read your letter slow, line by line, the way one follows the trail of smearing salty red back to
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  • Letters to the Wounded {#2}

    On Monday, March 04 th, 2013
    Dear Thriver, You didn’t just survive, so let’s toss that myth right at the outset. I’ve seen you living chin brave through the hurt and how you keep taking one step out of bed and one through the door and how you scale mountains by relentlessly taking steps forward. The way you keep walking? You’re
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  • How Women Can Get Radical For Their Sisters

    On Tuesday, February 26 th, 2013
    When you pick up the garbage in the streets of Minoterie, there’s the sun burning up the back of your bare white neck. And crumpled tin cans and sucked-dry water bags and an AIM toothpaste box and empty rum bottles. And barefoot boys kicking a ball, and boys begging you for just one swallow water,
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  • God Made a Mother and You — So Farmer On!

    On Monday, February 04 th, 2013
    I sat beside a girl in Mr. Seuter’s grade nine math class who said she was getting out of here. She was getting out of this no name little farming town and she was getting out of this hick place with its hick boys and she was getting free of everything her daddy ever was.
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  • How to Breathe Through the Hard Times

    On Tuesday, January 22 nd, 2013
    They were born the same week. Both of them, days apart, two miracle years ago this week. My scribbly little book and her loveliest little person. And my sister had said to me, said into the phone, during early labor — “Tell me I can do this.” And I wait for her to breathe heavy
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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,
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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
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  • Pt. 1: How to Begin New Habits {Free Daily Planner}

    On Wednesday, January 02 nd, 2013
    When we read this book , there’s this character that just goes ahead and puts on her “habit.” Shalom pats my shoulder and asks, “What’s a habit?” The amaryllis on the sill, it’s swelling in hope. And I tell Shalom this: a habit is something that is worn. She flickers recognition, nods, turns back to
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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
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  • 2012: A Year in Photos {and 7 Links for 2013}

    On Saturday, December 29 th, 2012
    From calendar page to calendar page, the moments are our lives and the years are blinks. {just a few photos from the farm and 2012:} “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev. 4:11 And
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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
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  • What Your Christmas Needs to Really be Merry

    On Monday, December 10 th, 2012
    The Practice of the Pause And on a whirling world, in the middle of the blur, you just hold a pause — at the end of one smeared moment — and before the next, holding the moments right to their very end with the full length of all your attention, these lingering, weighted pauses, heavy with
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