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Spiritual Disciplines

  • 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? Sunshine? } And these words I’m trying to know by heart — I pray t...

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  • Sermon on the Mount …on the farm {a video} {link-up}

    On Friday, February 03 rd, 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 the farm… } Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “Why Memorize the Sermon on the Mount?” “He came — I say  – and lived and died and rose again and sent the Holy Spirit in order that ...

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  • The 1 Habit More Important than Quiet Time? {Memorize the Mount: Free Sermon on the Mount Memory Booklet}

    On Wednesday, January 25 th, 2012

    Who memorizes God in the age of Google? For a week, longer, I wake with these fears choking hard. Fears pushing me into the pit. And it comes while I struggle to get out of bed, comes early as the light pries back the dark, words we’ve been committing to heart — and I murmur them, hold onto them like a lifeline tossed: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for thei...

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  • The 1 Habit Your New Year Can’t Do Without: {Giveaway}

    On Thursday, January 05 th, 2012

    ‘Anail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” ~ Erasmus It’s only the 4th day of the New Year, when this woman cups my face in her hands and draws me right close to just say it. “It’s changed my life.” I’ve been trying to shake it for days, as I set the table, read with the kids, watch the snow come down — shake...

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  • 5 Steps to Making New Year’s Resolutions

    On Saturday, December 31 st, 2011

    The New Year wears hope like a fragrance. I watch a new day of the first month of a brand new year come, breaking up over the horizon, up through hopelessness, there on the rim of our fields and the scent, fresh, carries in on the wind… carries me. Unspoiled winter stretches across our fields — like an unfurled year awaiting new ways of walking. How to trek out acro...

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  • Practice Resurrection: Tomb-Centered Christianity?

    On Wednesday, May 04 th, 2011

    We go to the woods to witness the rising. We have front row seats at the edge of the marsh. We wait. The dog splashes too loud. We wait longer. It’s true: It could be said that I don’t believe in the resurrection of Christ.   We wait for the pond to open, for the frogs to rise, for the shining of wet backs, for the flash of eyes, the glinting gold, and we hold breath...

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  • What if more than celebrating Easter- we lived it?

    On Wednesday, April 27 th, 2011

    When dead bodies walk, who can not talk? When the Farmer reads Scripture aloud, what he does for us at the close of every meal, turning the thin pages of the Gospel of Mark right after Easter — I hear the whisper of wild hope. He reads Scripture and the words make me see it — what had happened, after Christ arose. The eyes widening white in black tomb emptiness, t...

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  • Do We Really Experience the Presence of God?

    On Wednesday, April 06 th, 2011

    We’d just turned at the cemetery there at Johnston’s Corners, towards the chapel and Sunday morning worship. And there, across from the Wood’s farm, the Farmer had swerved to miss two roosters that were literally crossing the road. Banties and out strutting in all their finery right over the yellow line. And when I had gasped a little, relieved to miss the flash of thei...

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  • Why the Present Moment Matters

    On Wednesday, March 02 nd, 2011

    A morning in March, a child notices it, how a leaf holds its fruit right there in the bowl, and it’s true, just remain moment by moment in the Vine and there is the promise. Of yielding more in the end than an unlived life. Of fixing the heart to Him so that under His wing we can fly. “See this one, Mom?” Kai holds the apple high. “A leaf! And look how...

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  • The Way a Mother Can Make Peace with Time

    On Wednesday, February 16 th, 2011

    He’s out in the deep vast white, a hooded smudge of color trudging through the deep. I watch from the window, watch the golden lab spring behind him, ahead of him, beside. Malakai turns sharp to the north, tromping out into the field’s markerless sea of white. His hood turns to see: is Boaz following? Then a sharp turn to the west, and a glance to see if the dog is trac...

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  • The Habits that Make all the Others Possible

    On Wednesday, January 12 th, 2011

    When I told her that a habit is something that you wear, I felt it, how I caught on something, snagged. For days, I unravel. Forget figuring out how to form a habit. I’m not there yet. First, what are the few habits worth wearing? You can only layer so much. We put away the Christmas tree, box up the Jesse Tree ornaments, leave the infant in a manger figurine out on the man...

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  • Colossians in a Year: 2 Verses a Week {The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bible Memorization} Habit #1 for a New Year

    On Wednesday, January 05 th, 2011

    W e’re reading this book and when the little girl on page 54 puts on her “habit,” a little hand here pats my shoulder and asks, “What’s a habit?” and I tell her this: a habit is something that is worn. She flickers recognition, nods, turns back to the page, waits for me to read the next line, and I’m still sitting there realizing: A h...

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