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  • Why It’s All Okay at the end of the Week

    On Friday, April 04 th, 2014

    When I get home, the Farmer shows me these three stapled pages sent from the vet. A to-do list the length of your arm of what has to be done to protect all the pigs from some new disease. He talks in low tones, but I am really listening to what his eyes are saying. These three pages of protocols have to be done immediately. The Farmer pulls me close. His T-shirt smells li...

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  • One Simple Secret to Effective Time Management This Week

    On Monday, March 24 th, 2014

    When I turn down Creamery Road, I pass, yeah, surprising —  the old creamery. Pass the the creamery that’s now abandoned, the window eyes all punched out. How did they all look, those silvery pails of milk that once lined up by the door, their tins lid hats pulled on tight, so not one white drop spilled. But isn’t as much milk lost through a pinhole here, a p...

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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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  • 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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  • Happy May! How to Make a Better Future

    On Wednesday, May 01 st, 2013

      A better future always simply begins — in a series of prayerful nows. :: :: “If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness. Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray … It could be that Satan is pushing you into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.” – Corrie Ten Boom “It is by prayer that we coup...

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  • What Your Christmas Needs to Really be Merry

    On Monday, December 10 th, 2012

    The Practice of the Pause And on a whirling world, in the middle of the blur, you just hold a pause — at the end of one smeared moment — and before the next, holding the moments right to their very end with the full length of all your attention, these lingering, weighted pauses, heavy with the full weight of His glory, pauses wedging   h o l y      w ...

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  • Why the Chicken Really Crossed the Road… And Other Important Things {Crazy Joy: 11}

    On Thursday, October 11 th, 2012

    On the day that the chickens just up and crossed the road without their motives being questioned at all, the whole crazy grace of everything just stretched, down the backroads and sideroads and gravel roads, and really, the joy is in the journey because the moments build the destination. Leaves fell soundless. A team of clydesdales hauled the pumpkin wagon. Sheep ...

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  • The Best Way to Handle Hunger Cravings {The Pumpkin Cannon Edition: Fridays on the Farm}

    On Friday, September 28 th, 2012

    The men brought the pumpkin cannon. And all the church ladies brought pie, 160 pies. We made peach. And my brother rolled out of bed in the 2 am dark to begin the pig roast under stars. By 4 in the afternoon, when the sky’s sculling billowy and hope-full, we were ready. And this community of gravel backroads and dairy barns and 4 wheel drive pickup trucks, t...

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  • The Easy Plan Before Summer Ends . . . . . . {14 Things to do in the last 2 weeks}

    On Friday, August 17 th, 2012

    Two weeks left. Two weeks of sweet corn and swimming suits and bare toes and zinnia bouquets and light like this in their hair and all the days are adding up to make years And before the sun even comes up, the clock ticking so loud in my ears, there’s this rolling over toward the Farmer, this desperate murmur, Only two more weeks left of summer —- what...

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  • The Very Best Way to Schedule Your Life {The Law of Life}

    On Thursday, August 09 th, 2012

    I confess, it felt counter-intuitive—just plain wrong. Just plain, straight out wrong to bend over each strawberry plant, press the delicate white petals —  and all subsequent hopes of fleshy scarlet sweet —  press between thumb and index finger — and then just pluck it off.   I had forced myself on because of the Googled reassurance: “Pick off a...

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  • The Hourglass of Joy

    On Wednesday, July 04 th, 2012

    After such a week as last week, I’m feeling very small & hushed & I’ve slipped away to the woods with the Farmer & kids. Thank you for prayers last week, for grace as our family tucks away quiet for just a few days…and we’re delighted to invite you up to the front porch to share with some of the best writers on the Web — today, with a ...

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