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The Year of Koinonia

  • 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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  • what to cling to on the days you’re drowning

    On Tuesday, January 24 th, 2012

    I ‘m tired and worn by noon when I sit there beside him and he peels back the skin of his orange in the light. He does this everyday after noon meal and he does it slow. I feel slow and there are kids and lessons and laundry and everything else. I’m trying to hold on. The curve of the peel, it cleaves to the sweet, and it’s the skin of the thing that he holds...

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  • The 4 Minute Marriage Habit: How to make 2012 the year you fall madly in love all over again

    On Wednesday, January 11 th, 2012

    He lays his hand on my shoulder. Water drips from strands tousled and a rivulet runs down the small of my back. “I have no idea what to wear.” I’m paying him no mind, standing before the closet with my towel, mumbling words. Hangers clatter. “What you’re wearing is rather pretty.” His stubble finds the curve of my neck. “No…” I laugh, embarrassed, ...

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  • A Creed for the New Year

    On Tuesday, January 03 rd, 2012

    It’s like someone shook the world up. That’s what the Farmer says that on day two of the new year, us looking out the window, us in this snow globe. At noon, I  swing a pot of steaming vegetables off the stove and the boiling water sloshes out over my hand. I run cold water over the burn and smile weakly at the Farmer. After lunch, I read Shakespeare to the childre...

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  • What the New Year Needs Most

    On Monday, January 02 nd, 2012

    When I wake up terrified on the first morning of the New Year, he’s shaving in front of the mirror. “Afraid? Why?” He shakes the razor over the sink. The rain’s falling hard on the windows, like this washing away of everything before. “If you count each “Fear Not” in Scripture, there’s apparently 366 — one for every day of t...

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