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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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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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3rd of March

When You’re Faced with The Unexpected, Expect Joy


Life consists of lists.  Surely, we can all list our stresses.  Surely, we can all list our joys. We can offer a litany of complaints.  We can offer our lips to give thanks. Our loving God invites us to cast all our cares onto Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Truth is, our good Lord told us we’d have trials and that in our trials He’s still good. But how do the


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29th of December

My Second Best Christmas Gift of All Time


Of course, the best Christmas gift of all time is Christ himself. On Christmas morning, I received my second best Christmas gift of all time. We’d been to church on Christmas Eve and seen and heard all the kids dressed up as Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds and a bunch of shaggy, smelly sheep.  We’d come home and brought all the gifts we’d bought or made for one another and arranged them beautifully under the


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2nd of November

When You’ve Loved and Lost and You Need Another Miracle


MaryAnn Lammers smiled through her tears as Pastor gathered our attention during after-service coffee downstairs. “Today is MaryAnn’s 63rd wedding anniversary.” Only, MaryAnn’s love went to glory last year right before Christmas. Her heart still cries for her loss—63 years of walking as one and raising a house full of kids. When heart and soul are knit together by God, the grieving doesn’t end when the casket closes and the people go home and you sit


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What To Do When You Feel Like A Freak
5th of October

What To Do When You Feel Like A Freak


Our pastor’s kid hauled these freaks from the back garden and plopped them on the front porch. I thought they looked bad in the patch. Seeing them all together, all their deformities and discolorations on side-by-side display, kind of shocked me, honestly.   How in the world did this happen?  This is not what I thought I bought!  The seed package showed regular, smooth, big, beautiful, ORANGE pumpkins!  Now, I am staring at some twisted


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31st of August

On the Edge, In a Wilderness


I’m flying far away Friday. Off to Alaska to an island surrounded by ocean teeming with fin whales and sea lions, salmon and otters. Flying off to write and to learn to write better. Flying off to take a breaths under expansive sky, to visit dear friends, to meet and make new friends. Flying off to the edge of a continent and eating the fish pulled from the sea each day. I am thankful for


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3rd of August

What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed


Ever felt like your life is flying by so fast that everything’s a blur and you can’t remember what you did two hours ago, let alone two days ago?  When your days are stuck in fast forward and you’re trying to pack more and more in like a suitcase you simply MUST sit on to get it zipped? Time to unpack.  Time to unwind.  Time to shut down, shut off, sit down, sit up and


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True Independence
4th of July

True Independence


  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17   Today is Independence Day, 2016. For starters, I reread the Declaration of Independence (click to read) and familiarized myself with the reasons we separated ourself from England in 1776.  One word . . . Tyranny. Our forefathers found life under tyrannical rule absolutely unacceptable.  Politically, I wonder how many of us have forgotten?  How


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1st of July

When The Sky Is Dark and the Rain Comes and You Wonder If You’ll Ever See the Sun Again


The Spirit of the Lord is on me,  because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19 The thunder rolled. And so it goes . . . Near-perfect stretch of summer days followed by overcast. And then, clouds moved fast last


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29th of June

Through Thick and Thin


Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:2 Hayfield came down the other day.  At least part of it.  We split the harvest with the farmer up the road who has his cows. He’s got the equipment. We’ve got the grass. His cows and our horses need fed during the long stretch of frozen Wisconsin fields.  “Can’t cut it all today. Gonna rain. Can only cut what


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