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Spiritual Disciplines

  • A Grace Plan: A Doable Life-Change Plan for a New Year, A New You: With Printable

    On Tuesday, December 31 st, 2013

    So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.  So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than yours, and make a place for it on...

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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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  • When Lent & Valentines Collide: 40 Days of ThanksLoving

    On Wednesday, February 13 th, 2013

    It wasn’t 2 weeks before those 40 days of Lent that he’d turned 40. I’d kissed the old man in the kitchen and his 4 days growth had rubbed me like a matted burr and he’d laughed like a free man and said he’d never expected 40 to feel so young. I had thought we’d celebrate and loose the farm for the first real time. That one of the elders from our motley faith fam...

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  • What We All Need to Really Breathe

    On Tuesday, November 13 th, 2012

    Six times my mama lies in ER this past week, waiting news. Good doctors can have degrees and no answers. My sister gives up long days and advocates on knees and in waiting rooms and Mama and her, they sing hymns and drown out clocks and fears. I rub Mama’s feet during the short nights and the late watches. I massage the bare weary arch of her feet and I tell her that I...

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  • When You’ve Been Waiting for an Answer …. and Life seems Silent

    On Wednesday, August 22 nd, 2012

    When Malakai’s afraid, he chews on his bottom lip like his grandmother. And there’s no getting around it: He looks like a caged coon up there in the pew before the piano — biting at his lip, hands fidgeting. He’s eight. How can I really tell him — that catastrophizing is how we make our own soul-cages. That fear’s always the flee ahead. That...

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  • How to Unplug {More}: 10 Things to Do {Pick 1 Before You Click}

    On Tuesday, June 19 th, 2012

    Print out and tape to the side of every screen: Why slow down and unplug {more}: ‘They say time is money, but that’s not true. Time is life. And if you want the fullest life, you need to find fullest time. God gives us time. But who has time for God? This makes no sense. Life is not an emergency. Life is brief and it is fleeting but it is not an emergency. Emergen...

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

    On Thursday, May 03 rd, 2012

    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 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 hasn’t been cheated on, talked down, lied about, pierced right through and left heart-broken on some beaten-down...

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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 get that. I’d like that. But it&...

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  • When You Want to Turn Your Life Around

    On Monday, February 27 th, 2012

    It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty. He splits the Word right open then and that’s when I’m cut to t...

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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. Levi picks it up, his eyes twinkling, stars risen early. I can only hope Levi doesn...

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  • How to Prepare a Family for Lent {Printable} {Create a Forgiveness & Fresh Start Place}

    On Tuesday, February 21 st, 2012

    Every baby I bore had the same birth defect, inherited of their mother, their father, all who have ever come before… They were all born with the turned-away face. I remember this on a Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, on a grey February afternoon with the snow falling right cold. I watch snow fall and think of our fall away. I think of the ways we have scraped today. And the...

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