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  • Letters to the Wounded {#1}

    On Friday, March 08 th, 2013
    And after sharing Letters to the Wound {#2} this week? …. I went back in the archives and pulled out Letters to the Wounded {#1}. D ear Wounded, You were bleeding quiet in my inbox. I read your letter slow, line by line, the way one follows the trail of smearing salty red back to
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  • Letters to the Wounded {#2}

    On Monday, March 04 th, 2013
    Dear Thriver, You didn’t just survive, so let’s toss that myth right at the outset. I’ve seen you living chin brave through the hurt and how you keep taking one step out of bed and one through the door and how you scale mountains by relentlessly taking steps forward. The way you keep walking? You’re
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  • Why the Battle for Joy is Really Worth it {Crazy Joy 17}

    On Wednesday, October 17 th, 2012
    Back then I said I’d never be like him. I slammed doors to punctuate the point and to make sure my dad knew it. You can be tall and 15 and think you know a lot of things. And you don’t think about growing old and looking squishy around the middle and telling teenagers to
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  • Because if Us Christians Really Care……. And We Really Do — right?

    On Thursday, August 02 nd, 2012
    It comes right when we’re at day 11 of praying our way through Ramadan. Us the the family living next door to Mennonites not Muslims, the women who wear bonnets not hijabs. The neighbors around here taking their horse and buggy to make a 4 mile pilgrimage to Sunday meeting, not any annual five thousand
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  • When You Feel like Your Life’s a Mess …. The Real Truth About Your Dirt

    On Thursday, May 17 th, 2012
    When he walks through the kitchen with his hair showered clean but his face looking like that, I just have to laugh. “What?” he says. “Really, I showered, Mom, I did.” Levi stands indignant, hands on hip, and I nod half serious. “You showered?” “Yes, Mom! It’s only my clothes that are dirty.” He’s been picking
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  • How to Love Your Enemies?

    On Wednesday, April 18 th, 2012
    N ot all enemies carry arrows. All my life I had liked to think it was only David who had his enemies. Is it easier to say we don’t have any enemies — so we don’t have to figure out how to really love them? And how to forgive enemies from the heart? But who
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  • Figuring Out the Cross-Centered Life

    On Wednesday, April 04 th, 2012
    {This is part of a series this week on preparing hearts for Easter. Part 1 of A Holy Week can be found here Part 2 of a Holy Week: A Family Activity for Passion Week can be found here} On the road to Calvary… two years ago this week… Life only emerges from black depths.
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  • When Your Lent Sort of Stinks…

    On Wednesday, March 07 th, 2012
    It’s sort of like the year of the rooster or year of the dog – This Lent, it’s just just up and named itself. Up and named itself the Lent of the Whale. I tear up lettuce for a salad and all I can see is the spouting of that whale. Light the Lenten candle,
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  • How to Make Your March Amazing

    On Thursday, March 01 st, 2012
    March, it could come in like a romping lamb and we could go to the woods and take winter for it’s last turn. One last spin on ice,  one final round up the trail. “Isn’t it beautiful?” The Farmer calls over his shoulder, calls back to me. His little lamb skips beside him, trying to
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  • The Secret to Fasting in a Lent that is Failing

    On Wednesday, February 29 th, 2012
    Dust cloth in hand, that is what I’m thinking Lent’s all about. Don’t I desperately want to be changed when Easter morning dawns? For something different to have dawned in me. I wash things down. I mean, it’s easier to blithely dust, spring clean, do some happy spring decorating than to think about Lent. I
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  • 4 Ways to be a Better Friend

    On Thursday, February 23 rd, 2012
    It was after Mare Griebe* said she was done with me, that I knew. Mare, she had taken me to my first youth Bible study. She delivered the thick folded notes from the first boy who ever asked me out. And I had flown half across the country to be her maid of honor, then again,
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  • Free Easter Devotional Book to Make a Jesus Easter Tree

    On Wednesday, February 22 nd, 2012
    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls.
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