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  • Listening to the Song

    On Friday, April 18 th, 2008
    Slowing to listen yesterday to the the quiet sounds of a singing world…. flaking sound of scooping oatmeal robins singing early whistle of pressure cooker echo of children laughing in empty rooms tractor humming far off in fields book pages turning creak of opening mailbox toddler sobs ebbing to peace boys humming hymns click of
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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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  • Because Saying Thank-You Can Change the World

    On Monday, January 09 th, 2012
    Sometimes the best way to receive a gift is to give it away. Because the only things we really have — are the things we hand over. On a Monday morning in January, I get up and have a glass of clean water and think about a man I met who lives outside a dump. How
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  • Wrap them in Love {free printable: Verse Sandwich Wrapper}

    On Friday, September 02 nd, 2011
    (Wrap their sandwiches up in one of the verse wrappers — download all 8 below — and wrap them up in love — wherever they go!) 10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting (any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement):: 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer.
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  • When You’re Waiting for a Message from God

    On Tuesday, August 02 nd, 2011
    remembering this… as I’m out in our fields yesterday & today, helping with wheat harvest 2011 My mama said she heard voices. Said she had heard voices all the years since the dark and the unwanted shadows moving across the walls, across her and the innocence. Strange, me, her daughter, uttering prayers to hear and
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  • What God’s Really Keeping Track of …{The Real Game Changer}

    On Friday, January 14 th, 2011
    In a morning in winter, my chronic illness wakes fierce and its lunging roar devours, and I fall out of remission and into the hot pain tears. And a child glares icy, slams a door hard, and the walls shake my heart sad. Brothers bicker. The dog eats the roast I had cooked for lunch.
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  • 10 Points of Joyful Parenting {Printable}

    On Saturday, January 08 th, 2011
    10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting (any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement):: 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God. 2. Today, I
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  • 10 Point Manifesto of Joyful Parenting (free printable)

    On Friday, November 12 th, 2010
    10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting (any text in turquoise links to posts for more explanation & encouragement):: 1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God. 2.Today, I will
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  • why we need to sing the hard hallelujah

    On Monday, September 20 th, 2010
    In a fallen world, we trip and break our hearts. And isn’t this when our hard shells shatter and when the bells peal and isn’t this when everything cracked must break into the broken-hearted hallelujah? All these days bookending summer, prefacing fall, these gold, glory-heavy days, I watch light fall in the the orchard soundless.
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  • the one word that fixes a broken heart, this broken world

    On Tuesday, September 14 th, 2010
    Water runs down the middle of the alley, a silver tear in the shadows, and I can hear a baby crying. I’m walking a narrow Guatemalan City street, a street without house numbers, mailboxes, doorbells — more like a path through tin dominoes rusted right through. Brown eyes lurk in doorways, peer out between barred
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  • what to do in case of a heavenslide of blessings

    On Monday, September 06 th, 2010
    With little less than twenty-four hours before boarding a plane for Guatemala with Compassion Bloggers, I crawl in between Hope and Shalom to whisper prayers, feel us all breathe close together. Shalom whispers, “One more night and you go. I think I might cry.” By the hall light, I can see her chin silhouetted. See
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  • what God wants to surprise you with today

    On Monday, August 23 rd, 2010
    When love slips in from behind unannounced, it arrests, and who can do anything but just surrender to the happy grace? Yet what could have prepared me, really? Prepared me for what I find out the back kitchen window on an August afternoon all tired and greying with clouds… I mean, some kid did yell
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