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16th of August

When You’re Scared and You Don’t Know What To Do


Since this weekend? Seems we’re consumed. In our nation . . . What he said. What he didn’t say. When he said it. Or didn’t say it. Why he took so long to say it. Is he fit? Is he unfit? Are we safe? Are we unsafe? Is the world safe? This opinion. That opinion. This criticism. That criticism. This defense. That attack. I’m weary of it all. I want to be an ostrich. Instead,


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Flowering Fields
31st of May

Flowering Fields


As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.   Psalm 103:15-18 That woman-child of ours,


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Some Scenes of the Seen
2nd of February

Some Scenes of the Seen


She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” Genesis 16:13-14   SCENE ONE: It goes like this . . . Years ago I sat on the kitchen floor in front of an empty dishwasher and pressed the button. I turned my back and felt the warmth, the vibration of the motor. I


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Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You
23rd of September

Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You


It is late September. The sugar maple is tinged with fire, a burning mix of orange and red and yellow, engulfing the green. Honking Vs of geese fly over the barn. One yellowed leaf curls on the grass. Three Sandhill cranes lift off alfalfa field, warbling their way into the air, a trinity created by the holy. Monarchs en route with the cranes flutter above fields glowing with purple aster and goldenrod. How is it


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On Our Knees---Together, Part 2
5th of June

On Our Knees—Together, Part 2


We need to stand in the gap for the vulnerable and give them the best news of life—the gospel. This piece is the continuation of Wednesday’s post about the boy who threatened to kill our son, his friend, his biological father, and himself.  He had a plan.  He was serious.  He was a desperate, hurting soul.  These things happen—even in small towns. I hadn’t seen or spoken with Jason since his discharge several weeks prior.  He


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When the World is Falling Apart and You Need Your Own Care Package
21st of May

When the World is Falling Apart and You Need Your Own Care Package


Sometimes I read the headlines and am tempted to despair.  Sometimes I’m tempted to feel guilty for my own problems when I see those suffering from darkness all over the world, feeling real terrors of their own. Then again, I know Jesus cares for all—for all the masses and for just one.  He suffered and died for all.  And He would do it all again—for just one. So today, coming into Memorial Day weekend, I


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Good Friday---Our Hope
3rd of April

Good Friday—Our Hope


Reflecting on what Jesus did on this day brings me to a still, quiet place of awe and gratefulness.  I can’t fathom His suffering, His love, His utter determination to not leave us as broken orphans in a broken world.  He chose to heal us with his life—and death. His choice cost him everything.  We can’t fully comprehend. For those of you who have followed my blog since the beginning three years ago, you know,


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God's Not Dead
9th of June

God’s Not Dead


It’s June.  High school graduation parties are in full swing. It’s summer.  We have four weddings in two months coming up—one right here on our farm on June 28 with horses in the background and wildflowers on the tables, tucked into vintage blue Mason jars.  Pinterest perfection with a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice ambience.   We are itching with excitement!  Especially me—a Jane Austen NUT, like the bride-to-be and her Mr. Darcy! Milestones. Times of


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Taped
4th of June

Taped


She picked a daffodil. As the farmer from down the road drove his tractor through our south field, she and I strolled through the front gardens together smelling spring flowers. The one she picked? Flower head drooped, stem bent close to the top. We can relate, these days. She raised the golden trumpet to her nose as the farmer’s metal tines dug down, tore up, turned over, and crumbled the earth. Farmers know they must


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Come to Bed with Us
28th of May

Come to Bed with Us


My longest blog post EVER!  It’s a serious start that gets hilarious.  I think you’ll agree.  Stick with me?  Laughter is great soul food. Hard decisions. This med or that med?  Lower meds or higher meds? A new diagnosis on top of all the others we’ve been living with for years has sent shock waves through this whole house as we try to adjust to a new normal.  And this particular diagnosis?  This one’s the


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True Healing
22nd of May

True Healing


The morning started out all slow and soft.   Just enough warmth of spring allowed a walk through gardens without even a sweater and snapping of photos without her knowing. She’s back.  Sort of. No longer delusional, thanks to some powerful medication, she’s not quite herself and she knows it.  The quick and easy smile isn’t so quick or easy.  She’s drowsy and weak and she misses her “hyper”. I know. I’ve worked with many who


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Bleeding Heart
20th of May

Bleeding Heart


He and I walked the trails hand-in-hand with dew still sparkling on morning grass. Heavy hearts made for heavy feet where each step seemed a struggle. We have a long road ahead with one we love so.  Bipolar illness isn’t something that’s healed, barring a divine touch.  It’s something that’s managed and remission is fragile, depending on unique response to medication and side-effects. We could worry.  But we won’t.  We’re too tired. We could give


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