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15th of September

On the Edge: How Now Shall We Live?


Here is the world. You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time, you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. Frederick Buechner   Our float plane’s pontoons land softly on Uyak Bay. We slide by her, the Harvester tree I long to see each time I


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12th of April

What Happens When the Hurting Seek Help


He comes up to me and leans in close to my ear. Will you pray for me? Of course, I say as I look into his eyes starting to well with tears. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a handkerchief, dabs both his eyes, and with trembling voice tells me straight . . . I don’t feel God’s love.   Instinctively, I reach out and wrap my arms around this silver-haired man in


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10th of February

Left and Right Wings (Raw Writing–Unapologetically Unedited)


I flew to St. Martin on the day of the presidential inauguration.  Leaving my home at four in the morning with a negative six degrees Fahrenheit freezing my bare ankles, I drove forty-five minutes south and parked my car in Remote Lot A.  Thankfully, the airport shuttle had just arrived at the shelter.  A young woman and I boarded, the only two in the vehicle, sitting across from each other, shivering. “Where are you headed?”


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27th of June

At the End of My Rope and What Came Next


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 I have a love/hate relationship with spiritual growth.  Actually, I prefer to do things I love.  I prefer to do things I’m good at. If spiritual growth were easy all the time, I’d be cool. But when I’m stretched


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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
25th of May

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary


Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? My mom read this poem to me as a kid what seems like a gazillion times, a gazillion years ago.  I  never once wondered what it meant.  Now, I wonder. And I’m perplexed.  Exactly WHY was Mary contrary? Contrary. Webster defines . . . Opposite.  Incompatible with another.  Both cannot be true.  Being so different as to be at opposite extremes.  Being not in conformity with


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When The God We Believe is Righteous Doesn't Seem to Be Delivering
10th of May

When The God We Believe is Righteous Doesn’t Seem to Be Delivering


The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. Psalm 16:4 Really, Jesus?   I don’t see the sorrows of those who run after other gods increasing. I don’t even see any sorrow. In fact, we seem happy, rejoicing, running through vibrant green fields of self-seeking pleasure, free. In fact, I see us showing anything and everything as our “true god” in thought, word, and deed.   In fact, many think ourselves wise in


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30th of March

Terrier Terror and What We Have In Common With Dogs


Instinct. That’s what it is—the reason why our little terrier pup scared me by running off into the wild blue yonder after that rabbit. Downright ignored the red bell.  And the shaking salami container. Why? Because Baker just had to. Because that’s what dogs do. They follow their nose. Instinct. That’s what drives us all, yes? I suppose running after his big sister helped Baker feel supported in his boundary violation, being that Rose, a


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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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Get Real and Heal
24th of February

Get Real and Heal


Ok.  So here I go again, getting all vulnerable and transparent.  I hate it.  And I love it.  I hate it because why in the world would anyone want to expose themselves for anyone and everyone to see, to know?  Because such raw exposure can have devastating consequences.  For heaven’s sake!  Someone I don’t know might think I’m weird.  Or worse.  Someone I KNOW might think I’m weird.  Or worse! Being open and honest is


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Open
11th of April

Open


How to find true love and life in loss . . .     We’ve all experienced it, you know. Loss. It’s a reality of our broken world. We lose jobs to the economy.  We lose friends and family through misunderstandings and betrayals.  We lose spouses through divorce.  We lose health through illness or accident.  We lose loved ones through death.  We lose hopes and dreams. So how do we deal with all this loss? Some of


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Keeping It Real, Again
1st of November

Keeping It Real, Again


Well, I’m taking it easy today because we’ve had a long, hard week and my flesh is quite tired though my spirit is gaining strength.  And I’m writing again today because it soothes me and teaches me.  As I lean into God and listen for His words, He always comes shedding light and insight, refreshing and strengthening me to live another day by His sufficient, amazing grace. Many have prayed for us this week and


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