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  • Advent Devotionals. Week 02. Peace. [Video]

    On Sunday, December 08 th, 2013

    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything… Just a simple, homemade video, taped this week by our oldest boy, Caleb, because God just keeps pressing it hard on our hearts to make a space for folks who may not have a community to celebrate the...

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  • The Number 1 Way to Really Find Your Real Self

    On Thursday, October 31 st, 2013

    … as this #31Days series, Missing Him, draws to a close — something a bit different, just for today, to put us in a vertical space with Him. There’s this prayer to Him….there is just the beginning: Wherever I am, I’ll be all here, because You are I AM . You fill the present moment with Your grace, the only air not toxic to breathe. You fil...

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  • 3 Ways of Finding Fulfillment– No Matter What You’re Facing

    On Wednesday, October 30 th, 2013

    So maybe the way to still be left standing at the end of the day, when you get to the end of everything, is to never stop breaking free from the fences of noise, to love the expanses of solitude that you carry on the inside, because the truth of it is that stillness with God is always a matter of focus not of circumstances.     That is all there is: Stayi...

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  • When Your life Feels Like a bit of a Puzzle

    On Monday, September 30 th, 2013

    I crack the eggs and the pan sizzles and there’s a kid hanging upside down off the couch, trying to knit a scarf. “Remember to use the plastic spatula and not the steel one, Mama? Remember what Dad said?” And her curls are all hanging down touching the floor and she’s doing a row of pearl with the blood all running way too fast to her face. I switch spat...

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  • Why You Never Stop Being Needed

    On Friday, September 06 th, 2013

    The plan was supposed to be that we would take him west. That he’d turn 18 and go west. That we’d pack up his room, his dog-earred G.A. Henty books, that thinning and scratchy red wool blanket of my grandmother that’s laid at the foot of his bed, the oiled painting that he was given from those mothers up in the mountains of Haiti, and his fading jeans and plaid shirt. And...

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  • When You are Broken: The Now-Traumatic Disorder of Everyday Life

    On Thursday, August 08 th, 2013

    They sell anti-aging cream to women like us. And Spanx. And glossy checkout line headliners that splay this shock that over 40-something women can still startlingly turn heads — as if having no wrinkle lines in your skin is somehow an accomplishment of galactic proportions and worthy of worship – and you can just be emptying your cart in checkout #6 and end up feeling more ...

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  • Simply 3 Words For Every Day

    On Wednesday, May 15 th, 2013

    He’d set the alarm for 1 AM on a Monday morning because sometimes a man has to do what he has to do. He’d slept the rest of a Farmer on the Lord’s Day. Then hauled to the fields in the pitch dark just as soon as Monday feebly birthed. Before that sun finally dragged up, he had a whole field worked up and half a ton of dirt ground into his jeans. By sun down...

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  • When You Feel like Everyone is Bigger, Better, Smarter… { or ‘How to be a Star’}

    On Monday, May 13 th, 2013

    When the fog meandered in lost on a spring evening in May, she hung her apron up in the back mudroom. She wandered down the back lane too. Down in the woods, she could hear them, the frogs singing, an invisible symphony. She knotted the one side of her skirt up to step over a pothole. She tried to make her way. In a world of reaching, how do you rest? In a culture of numbers h...

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  • How to Focus in an Age of Distraction: 10 Things to do Before you Click {Printable}

    On Wednesday, April 24 th, 2013

    There are robins finally. And mud ringing the laundry room tub and the clocking ticking and the faucet dripping. We turn pages. Get turned around. Somebody stubs their toe. Somebody is held. Somebody holds on. A screen flickers. There is only so much time. {10 Things to do Before You Click: Print one for every screen? Make it a screensaver?}  The thing is –  ...

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  • How to Make a Home

    On Thursday, April 11 th, 2013

    Sometimes in the middle of the night, her hip would graze his and his arm would find her waist and she would lay awake in the middle of their life. She didn’t know what would come next and how it all would unfold, but that new mercies always would. He made it simple. Raising, teaching, the children, wasn’t. And the meals she always had to kee...

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  • Best Way to Get Through Hard Times

    On Friday, January 18 th, 2013

    It’s what I sang over dishes. Sang on the days when I felt too weary to take another step, clean up another mess, change another diaper. Keep singing when I need to keep going on. It’s what I sing when the enemy attacks with lies, when I feel alone and scared, when I fear the future and whispers in the shadows. It’s what my mother-in-law, a Dutch farmer&...

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  • What God Really Promises in Pain…

    On Thursday, September 27 th, 2012

               

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