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7th of June

Foreign Affairs and What’s Right With the World


Terrorist attacks.  My two sons and my husband are heading to London and Paris in two weeks for a WWII trip . . . I pray.  I reflect . . . I put a poster board together for him Saturday, the day before he walked the aisle.  The day before he took his seat among the others whose last name begins with a “J”. I slipped a photograph out of a plastic sleeve—the first of


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31st of May

The Worth of Work and Pain


I cleared fall’s dead from the winding perennial borders—the purple coneflower stems, the sedum stalks.  I removed the invasive honeysuckle and hemlock planted by birds in places they don’t belong.  I cut down clumps of Karl Foerster grass, making way for new growth.  I dug up and divided overgrown hostas, giving some away to those in need and filling bare spots. My husband and I worked together spraying Round Up on the quack grass that


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21st of December

For the Joy Set Before Us


Joy to the world!  The LORD has come!  Let Earth receive her King! JOY? Fact is, some are sad right now.  Like the loved ones of the twelve mowed down by ISIS in the Christmas market on Monday in Germany.  While we’re singing peace on Earth, some are creating chaos and spreading terror and grief. How do we have JOY when we grieve with our fellow brothers and sisters in a foreign country, knowing one


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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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13th of June

Massacres and Scepters


Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the


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7th of June

Sudden Storm


Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.  He stilled the storm to a whisper. Psalm 107:28-29   The weather was near perfect all day Sunday.  Sunny blue skies dappled with puffy white clouds.  Early evening, we were enjoying an al fresco dinner on our Tuscan terrace covered with grapevines just leafing out. Anna, our 24 year-old and oldest, shared about a llama she saw


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Holding Joy in the Contrasts of Life
5th of May

Holding Joy in the Contrasts of Life


Hiking through the intense Arizona desert a couple weeks ago, my eye was drawn to the long-faced shadows cast by sun without even a wisp of filtering cloud. I noticed how shadows created depth and accentuated beauty of the agave, the prickly pear, the saguaro. Light. Dark. Contrasts. I thought about years past when I taught middle school students art history. How in drawing and painting, masterpieces are made from a brilliant use of chiaroscuro—light


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The Power of Three
13th of April

The Power of Three


Three deaths. Three funerals. Three weeks. A trinity of holy. 35 years old.  Husband.  Father of three.  Killed in a car crash. 62 years old.  Friend.  Sister of one of my best friends.  Heart attack. 88 years old.  Ministry partner for years. So how can such suffering, so close together, be holy? All are grieving, some knowing God, some wondering. Everyone wonders, I think. Does God exist? If God exists, does he care? If he


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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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16th of March

Wait a Minute!


I worked out hard yesterday because soon I’ll have to shimmy into my shorts. Time to shred the winter belly I swear looks like it was inflated with a tire pump. So I started the DVD. Thought I might die, right there on the family room floor. There was this trainer on the screen, her perfectly toned body standing before me as she said something like this, looking me straight in the eyes: You want


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What To Do With A Snafu
28th of January

What To Do With A Snafu


I am experiencing a royal snafu involving my doctor’s office, my pharmacy and my insurance company which has kept me from getting the medication dosage I need for four days.  You see, I diagnosed myself years ago and my physician confirmed. I have GAD—Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Medication helps. I also have had a couple major depressive episodes and even in between, I’ve experienced some depressive symptoms, usually the atypical kind. I don’t cry. At least


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Driving Home
26th of January

Driving Home


What has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12 Driving home in the dark last night, angled arrows of head-lighted sleet pelted my windshield, hypnotizing. Wipers on high could not keep up. White-knuckled fingers gripped the steering wheel and my whole body leaned forward, concentrating, praying . . . Please get me home, Jesus! Please get me home! What if I slipped off the road? Then what? What if some


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