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  • Home: Filling and Pouring

    On Thursday, December 07 th, 2006
    In the cool early of summer mornings, before the smothering heat of the July day seeps in, I haul a hose around to lavateras and hollyhocks, waking in their beds. Spray nozzle lost once again by curious, wandering children, I walk along with hose, continually filling the old aluminum water can, tilted to offer gentle
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  • Today’s Mothering Prayer: Under the Wing

    On Friday, December 01 st, 2006
    Heavenly Father….Thank you for bringing us into a new day…. how today we want to dwell in the shadow of Your wing, to feel Your warmth, Lord… to derive our strength from the essence of You. Today will have trying times… times when our flesh wants to give way…. then pull us close, Lord… remind
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  • One Question

    On Thursday, November 30 th, 2006
    “Did the life I lived today please you, God? How many things do we check off on our to-do list before we can yes to a question like that? Only one. Have I loved well?… St. John of the Cross once said that, “at the evening of our day we shall be judged by our
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  • Blotted Secrets

    On Wednesday, November 29 th, 2006
    “In these pages I tell secrets about…myself because I believe that it is not only more honest but vastly more interesting than to pretend that I have no such secrets to tell. I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are your secrets. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting
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  • Home: The Place of Story

    On Wednesday, November 22 nd, 2006
    An old ash-woven basket laundry basket sits by the end of our couch. It once held our newborn babes in sleep, slips of light filtering through the weave in the late afternoon sunlight, warming new skin. Now it holds memories, photo albums stacked carefully end to end. As women long gone once swooped down into
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  • Morning Gathering: Hymns

    On Friday, November 17 th, 2006
    We sing a hymn at our daily Morning Gathering, the children with old song books in their laps. What saints have once thumbed these old pages? We join them in the heavenly refrain. This book, Then Sings My Soul is our “spine” for our hymn study, as it chronologically orders the hymns, each piece accompanied
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  • Memorizing the Word

    On Saturday, November 11 th, 2006
    “If I had to find one word to describe how belief came to take hold in me,it would be ‘repetition.’ “~Kathleen Norris “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding…than memorizing Scripture…No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends…”~Charles Swindoll“Then they remembered His words.”(~Luke 24:8) “Oh, how I love your
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  • Living on the Bread of Life

    On Saturday, November 11 th, 2006
    From the inbox: “My ds (7) and dd (4) have been enjoying poetry memorization but not scripture memorization…. I’m feeling convicted to teach my children God’s word and I like to learn larger sections. I’m just not sure how to go about it. Do you have any suggestions or resources you would recommend? I’d love
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  • This Week’s Memorization: 1 Jn 1

    On Saturday, November 11 th, 2006
    We have worked our way, 3-4 verses/week, up to reciting 1 John 1, had a week to review the chapter as a whole, and will be reciting it to our memorization partners tomorrow. I am struggling with confusing two similar verses, so will keep reviewing today. We have been reciting as a family the chapter
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  • Habits and Self-Discipline

    On Tuesday, November 07 th, 2006
    Words scrawled this week on the blackboard over the oak farmtable: Consider Future Consequences Lunch time reading this week at the oak farmtable: Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet “A landmark Stanford University study: Children were left in a room, each with a marshmallow, and given a choice of eating it then or fifteen minutes later,
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  • Ten Commandments in Verse

    On Wednesday, November 01 st, 2006
    From our Morning Gathering for this week: The Ten Commandments in Verse You shall have no gods but Me;Before no idol bend your knee.Take not the name of God in vain;Dare not the Sabbath Day profane.Give both your parents honor due.Take heed that you no murder do.Abstain from words and deeds unclean;Steal not, though you
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  • The Teacher is Out…. Considering….

    On Wednesday, November 01 st, 2006
    The Teacher certainly isn’t where one might expect to find Him–He is out. Instead of enlightening seekers in hallowed lecture halls, His voice reverberating off the rafters, we find Jesus, Teacher, sitting on a hillside overlooking the sea, watching the bees drone amongst the lilies, listening to the lapping of waves on the pebbly shore.
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