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17th of January

Animal Farm And Why We All Need To Know Our Weakness


In the context of trying to discover what a church believes about Scripture, I shared something I had heard from more than one. The man and woman looked at me quizzically. “That never happened here. We’re sure of it.” Perhaps I had misunderstood, I said. “Perhaps it was another church,” they replied. No, I was quite certain which church had been named. I apologized for believing false information for more than a year without checking


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11th of January

Thoughts on Death and Life in a Cold and Frozen Forest


As part of the slide into slow this new year, I ran away. Actually, I drove away with my husband to Door County, the thumb of Wisconsin separating two bodies of water—Green Bay and Lake Michigan. We strapped on our cross-country skis and headed into the woods. Sun shining. Not a bit of breeze. Every dead leaf dangling from branches. Stillness surrounding. A chickadee chirped. A red-bellied woodpecker knocked, hunting for live insects in a


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3rd of January

A Call To Rest for the Weary


  Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves. Watchman Nee   I have this tendency to cut through the crap of social superficiality pretty quickly. I make some uncomfortable, I know. I ask questions, based on my intuition in the moment. I don’t mean to make people uncomfortable. I mean to get at hearts—to have heart-to-hearts—because my 58 years has taught me that most of us want real, even though we


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28th of December

The Hazards of Hair


This Christmas, my hair took center stage. Not that it hasn’t just about every other day of my 58 years. So here, let me take you back in time and bring you up-to-date with some stories of hair horrors and how to head into the New Year on fire for the Lord.  Tony Parlamos called me Bozo on the first day of third grade—my first day in my new school. All because of my hair.


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20th of December

How To Be “Best-Dressed” This Christmas


Fifty-four years ago, a little girl with reddish curls sat beside the Christmas tree. She wore a blue corduroy robe with white piping her grandmother had made. A poodle with hair curly as hers smiled for the camera. Then, ripping the wrapping off a certain package, her blue eyes grew wide. Inside, she found her first Barbie doll. Inside another box, she found Barbie outfits made by her Grandma out of the same material Grandma


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13th of December

#MeToo And Then Some


Who would win Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”?  Who would be revealed on last Wednesday’s cover. For the first time ever, I was curious. Turns out, the “winner” isn’t a person, per se. Turns out, the “winner” is . . . The #MeToo movement—a movement that has become a tsunami of women standing up to sexual harassment and abuse. Isn’t it sad that this year’s winners have lost so much?  But there’s good news:


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23rd of November

Giving Thanks When Grief is Fresh on Thanksgiving


Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.   I Chronicles 16:8-11   While meandering down our country road, a Northern Harrier flies over the just-cut


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16th of November

How to Consume Life-Giving Lamb


I ate the lamb shank—the lamb I ordered—Sunday night. For those of you who are vegetarians, I’ll try to be sensitive.  Truth is, I found that shank extremely tender and tasty. Still, I wonder if I ought to partake of an animal that was “sacrificed” for my sake. Why can’t I even eat a tasty lamb dinner without thinking of the spiritual connections? Maybe the answer has something to do with the fantastic, nine-month study


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8th of November

What We All Need to Know About Respect and Servanthood


We rolled slowly along the street, meandering our way to what would soon be two new graves dug in Arlington National Cemetery—two of 400,000 already grassed green. Our vehicle stopped. Six men in crisp Army uniform stood in front of us, facing the awning where we would memorialize and pray for our friend’s father, Sgt. Glen Elste, and his wife of more than 50 years, Diane, who preceded her husband in death 10 years ago.


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5th of October

Packs and The Lone Wolf—How to Deal with the Deadly, Including Ourselves


Electric races lightening fast through my nerves around 9:30 p.m. A pack of coyotes starts yipping and barking. They are close.  Very close.  Right on the edge of the densely wooded ravine next to our log home. My heart thumps hard in my chest. The eerie sounds of the pack grip me as I stand with Rose and Baker on our front lawn under the star-studded sky. If able, I know where dour dogs will


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Why We Need to Reach Out
27th of September

Why We Need to Reach Out


There’s something ironic, even tragic, about feeling down-and-out. We don’t want to reach out. In fact, a common symptom of depression is isolation. Thinking we’re too much. Thinking we’re weird. Thinking we don’t want to burden anyone. Thinking we just need to get it together—pull ourselves up by our bootstraps—put on a happy face. Then we’ll be fine. Thinking we’d rather do just about anything other than connect. And where does such thinking get us,


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20th of September

Unexpected Harvest: When You Wonder What God Has in Mind for Your Life


Harvest. Our garden provided abundantly throughout the summer and still keeps giving. Lettuce, spinach, beans, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, pumpkins, raspberries. Each summer, this garden reminds me of the same truth—I can’t out-give God. I plunge seeds into the dark earth in spring. And then this. So much blessing. Too much blessing. I have to give the goodness away or it rots and smells. Sometimes, I don’t get what I plan. Like this


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