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  • When You need Rest …. {Fridays on the Farm}

    On Friday, June 08 th, 2012
    When it grows loud in the corners of everything and the walls of the soul quake just a bit, I go and sit in the soil where the corn grows by His certain goodness and right out of the earth. Where the children run in their bare feet and bend to know leaves. I come
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  • When You are Looking for Signs of Joy … {Words for Lent}

    On Tuesday, March 27 th, 2012
    The water in the woods, it warms in the sun this week. The dog plunges right in. That was the first miracle of the skin bound God: a turning of water into wine. A spring pond in the woods at the end of March, it’s a bit like that — a turning of water into wine.
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  • The 1 Reason Why You have to Slow Down

    On Monday, March 19 th, 2012
    We hear them far off in the woods, just as the sun sinks further down. And I stop. Because who doesn’t stop when the world slips up behind and surprises you? So we stand there and listen long and neither one of us can stop smiling and I almost forget to breathe. The frogs have
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  • 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?
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  • Real Secret to Effective Time Management

    On Tuesday, November 01 st, 2011
    In the silent times : seek God In the painful times : praise God In the harried times : hallow God and in the terrible times : trust God. And at all times — at all times – Thank God.   :: :: ::
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  • Calvin, Contemplation & Creation: why there really is time for a walk today {free nature calendar}

    On Tuesday, October 04 th, 2011
    ‘The contemplation of heaven and earth is the very school of God’s children.” ~John Calvin, Institutes :: Every human being is “formed to be a spectator of the created world – and given eyes that he might be led to its Author by contemplating so beautiful a representation.” ~ John Calvin, Commentary on Romans 1:19
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  • just to still …

    On Thursday, September 22 nd, 2011
    The quieter you are, the more grace you hear. We go down to the river and water has this way of showing me how to listen. Their toes make this pattering dance in the stream. Light drips from their hems. Their voices and laughter drifts up into trees. Maybe it’s this — a stillness before
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  • before you get to walk on water…

    On Thursday, September 01 st, 2011
    Sometimes you just have to get into the boat. Because getting into the boat comes before you get to walk on water. Every miracle always begins with the first ordinary step of faithfulness. So I clap as they launch and they grin, us at this edge of beginning. I watch three brothers get into a
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  • The Real Weather Forecast for the Weekend

    On Friday, August 26 th, 2011
    He says he can feel it, the way fall’s beginning to blow in, the sky all undecided. She stands at the sink, elbow deep in suds and steel pots, while he tells her about weather. Tells her about patterns and forecasts and radars and frontal systems. The Farmer follows the sky the way some men
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  • And so together we take a long walk…

    On Friday, June 24 th, 2011
      “Something of God…flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water….” ~ C.S. Lewis in ‘Scraps’, St. James’ Magazine     “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen….” ~Romans 1:20 NIV “But the basic
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  • How to Really Find Yourself {Free Nature Calendar}

    On Friday, June 03 rd, 2011
    On the edge of a star-birthing cosmos, on the rim of a planet spinning in black, on the fringe of a summer unfurling, there is this happiest relief for the tad dizzy and weary, to find that we are a people held. :: :: “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, and
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  • weekends are for beholding

    On Saturday, May 28 th, 2011
    ‘I know not how to express otherwise… The appearance of everything was altered; there seemed to be, as it were, a calm, sweet, cast, or appearance of divine glory, in almost everything. God’s excellency, his wisdom, his purity and love, seemed to appear in every thing; in the sun, moon, and stars; in the clouds
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