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  • The Sister Promise: What We make to Our Sisters *Updated with Video

    On Friday, February 08 th, 2013

    It was after the brownies, when I’m dabbing up the calorie crumbs, that she just spills this confession like the folds of some priestly robes. She says she’s damaged him. As if you can throw a kid a glare that punches him in the gut so hard you chip off a bit of his fragile soul. Ask me how I know. I stop mid-chocolate dab. I catch her eye. It only takes a mome...

  • Even in the Bleak Midwinter, the Hope of Spring

    On Thursday, January 17 th, 2013

    So.. (!) Liz Curtis Higgs took me under her gorgeous proverbial wing last year when this knee-knocking farm girl said yes to God & sharing what He’s done in my life  at several Women of Faith events last year. We’ve become true heart sisters, praying that God would make ours beat with His. So when Liz jumped at The Romans Project and said she was IN — ...

  • The 1 Habit God Really Wants for Your New Year {The Romans Project}

    On Friday, January 04 th, 2013

    For all of 2012? I carry around the Mount and it moves mountains. And there isn’t a bone in me that wants to come down from where He transfigures. A year of memorizing Sermon on the Mount, the 111 verses of Matthew 5, 6, and 7? Say those Blesseds for a whole year and you can feel it, your whole world flipping upside down. First, the walks through Knapp’...

  • What Happens if You Really Believe… {Come to the Farm on Friday: Sermon on the Mount Video with hens}

    On Friday, April 27 th, 2012

    Come to the farm on Friday? Mount the Mount with us? Consider the words of Jesus’s upending, uprighting Sermon … And come be the lamb that knows the Shepherd’s voice… the chick that tucks safe under the faithful offering of His wing. CLICK HERE TO COME TO OUR FARM: Watch the video with our hens & my attempt to recite Sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5:1...

  • weekends are for your life {video} {Sermon on the Mount}

    On Saturday, March 17 th, 2012

    {Consider pausing music by clicking the slider directly under the header? If reading in a reader or via email, click here to view a less than word-perfect but heartfelt recitation before a candle here off our farm kitchen, of Sermon on the Mount.  } Weekends are for more than bread, for what comes from the mouth of God, For Words that are more than mere words…. For t...

  • This is Who You Are — Right Where You Are {Sermon on the Mount} {Video} {link-up}

    On Friday, February 17 th, 2012

    {Consider pausing the music by clicking the slider directly under the header? And if reading in a reader or via email – click here to go for a walk in the woods on a foggy day on the farm… Oh, and next time? I’m praying for sun and recording a different view? Kids? Goats? Hens? Sunshine? } And these words I’m trying to know by heart — I pray t...

  • Sermon on the Mount …on the farm {a video} {link-up}

    On Friday, February 03 rd, 2012

    {Consider pausing the music by clicking the slider directly under the header? And if reading in a reader or via email – click here to go for a walk in the woods on the farm… } Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “Why Memorize the Sermon on the Mount?” “He came — I say  – and lived and died and rose again and sent the Holy Spirit in order that ...

  • The 1 Habit More Important than Quiet Time? {Memorize the Mount: Free Sermon on the Mount Memory Booklet}

    On Wednesday, January 25 th, 2012

    Who memorizes God in the age of Google? For a week, longer, I wake with these fears choking hard. Fears pushing me into the pit. And it comes while I struggle to get out of bed, comes early as the light pries back the dark, words we’ve been committing to heart — and I murmur them, hold onto them like a lifeline tossed: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for thei...

  • The Habits that Make all the Others Possible

    On Wednesday, January 12 th, 2011

    When I told her that a habit is something that you wear, I felt it, how I caught on something, snagged. For days, I unravel. Forget figuring out how to form a habit. I’m not there yet. First, what are the few habits worth wearing? You can only layer so much. We put away the Christmas tree, box up the Jesse Tree ornaments, leave the infant in a manger figurine out on the man...

  • Colossians in a Year: 2 Verses a Week {The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bible Memorization} Habit #1 for a New Year

    On Wednesday, January 05 th, 2011

    W e’re reading this book and when the little girl on page 54 puts on her “habit,” a little hand here pats my shoulder and asks, “What’s a habit?” and I tell her this: a habit is something that is worn. She flickers recognition, nods, turns back to the page, waits for me to read the next line, and I’m still sitting there realizing: A h...

  • Returning to Your First LoveBible Memorization: Make a Commitment Booklet

    On Wednesday, November 03 rd, 2010

    I do have one of her pans on the top shelf. And under its warped blue rubber lid you can see it right there on the underside in faded black marker, her name still. A memory on pyrex. And I’m not the only one who can still taste her cherry cheese cakes from that nine by thirteen dish. And Dad Voskamp gave me her spices just last month, when he moved out of the house, moved far...

  • What the heart really knows: Why Memorize Scripture

    On Wednesday, October 27 th, 2010

    All the heart really knows — is what it knows by heart. This may be why I know so little, why my heart pounds hard with a thundering panicking emptiness, why it’s time to return to memorizing, return to my first love and the slow turning over again of His words, words my heart need to learn by heart, words that feed my frame of dust animated by the breath of His Wo...

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