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  • Walkin’

    On Wednesday, June 06 th, 2007
    I think I was nine the summer Mama first was locked up. But the details blur; it is the kind of thing you try to forget, like an eraser scrubbing lead pressed harder. The edges fade as you rub a hole through. Sunday after lunch, Dad would scrub off the smell of hogs and barn
  • Call

    On Friday, April 20 th, 2007
    Is that how a call comes—while living life, the wind sweeping through, this orb spinning in space? Does nothing stop? Such a whisper, so unexpected. So Him. Any old monastery will do. The waiting for some hallowed time, some consecrated place was over. Here was holy ground. The call had come. And it wasn’t to
  • Raising Lovers: Only Work that Matters

    On Thursday, April 19 th, 2007
    Beuchner: “There is no neutral corner in your human encounters…You either make people feel a little better or leave them a little worse. You define your faith and moral posture in the ordinary stuff of your daily routine. The Kingdom belongs to those, as artless as children, who love others simply and directly, without thinking
  • Real Love (Part 2)

    On Monday, April 16 th, 2007
    A note in my inbox… from a reader who warrants a Thinking Award with the insights she quietly offers…so I share: “This morning I was looking at this beautiful pot that my sister had bought me as a gift. I was thinking about how much I loved it. You know how when you’re young and
  • Raising Children to do the Greatest Thing (Pt. 1)

    On Thursday, April 12 th, 2007
    Children are no different: in the dark of private worlds they too dream of greatness. Pressing forehead against cool window pane, young eyes gaze out hardly hoping that the day will come, when the world out there will discover what stirs within: how unique, distinctive, one in seven billion he or she really is. Each
  • Day’s Evaluation

    On Tuesday, April 03 rd, 2007
    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~R.L.Stevenson
  • Turning Around

    On Thursday, February 15 th, 2007
    It was just doughnuts and hot chocolate. But I, sadly, hadn’t even thought of it. Until I arrived at the home of a motherly, older friend’s home last night for Bible study and found her arranging long stemmed red roses. Nancy’s face beamed as she snipped stems before setting fragrant blooms in the vase. A
  • Love Well

    On Wednesday, February 14 th, 2007
    (From the archives) “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?… As we look back on the day, what we have done is not as important as how
  • What is Love

    On Wednesday, February 14 th, 2007
    What Love Really Is Biblical, powerful, convicting…. Unforgettable…
  • Today’s Mothering Prayer: The Purpose

    On Tuesday, February 13 th, 2007
    “The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith.” ~1 Tim. 1:5 Lord, there it is: the point of my instruction in this home. Love. And Love can only come from Pure hearts, Clear Consciences, A Genuine
  • The World’s Duct Work

    On Tuesday, February 13 th, 2007
    It is supposed to our ritual of “after-lunch-quiet-time.” They have all slipped soundlessly into their rooms with books, paper available for pictures and words. And yet the house rings with their voices. Here in my room, I can hear every whisper, every giggle, every thought. They are talking through the duct work. Only through the
  • God is a Person to Love

    On Tuesday, February 06 th, 2007
    From A.W. Tozer’s classic, “The Pursuit of God”: “The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless… Christ may be `received’ without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is `saved,’ but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God… The modern scientist has lost
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