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1st of March

What Will I Give Up For Lent?


    Lent. Time for sacrificing something in our march to the cross of Good Friday, to the tomb emptied of death Easter Sunday.   What will I give up this year? I think it’s high time I give up myself.  As in all of me.  As in my hopes and dreams.  As in my expectations and sense of entitlement.  As in anything and everything I want or think I need more than God Himself. 


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Good Fruit
13th of May

Good Fruit


You prepare a table before me . . Psalm 23:5   I perched in a corner of our family room, waiting for my favorite bird. The one I set the table for each spring, hoping he will accept my invitation and come.  By Mother’s Day, I’m slicing oranges and scooping grape jelly twice daily setting out my love’s favorite delicacies. So there I stood.  And I stood.  Still as I could.  Until my back ached


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10,000 Steps
15th of December

10,000 Steps


I read it in a magazine. 10,000 steps is the recommended daily dosage for health.  So I pull on my fleece-lined tights, tie my shoes, shove most of my curls under the hood of my waterproof jacket, and head out the front door. It’s a gray and drizzly December morning.  When snow ought to be sugaring fields in white, rain angles from the south, splashing my face, stinging my eyes.  I drop my head and


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When Joy and Sorrow Hold Hands
7th of October

When Joy and Sorrow Hold Hands


Saturday night. 8 PM. The day before Sunday, the Sabbath—the day of rest. He comes flying up the stairs to find me sitting in the library reading Isaiah, Chapter 40: Comfort, comfort my people, says your God . . . He is our ever-present help in times of danger. Our comfort in sorrow. “Oreo’s dead.” Shocked, all I could say is “What?” in disbelief. Oreo was fine at 1:30. Now, the black-and-white-and-black guinea pig, not


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What 9/11 Has to Teach Us All
11th of September

What 9/11 Has to Teach Us All


I picked up the phone. My brother was calling from Munich, Germany where he lived and worked.  There was no “hello” . . . “Turn on your TV right now! A jet just crashed into the World Trade Center!” I ran into the family room from the kitchen where I was homeschooling our kids and grabbed the remote. In an instant, I saw the first tower in flames, smoke belching, newscasters trying to think on their feet,


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When Evil Voices Roar and Meet Silence
4th of September

When Evil Voices Roar and Meet Silence


Here we are at the end of a week. Was yours pretty? Sometimes things aren’t pretty. Sometimes things are downright ugly. The parts of us that want pretty may cause us to turn our faces, glance the other way, hope it all goes away. Or maybe we hope it will all just get fixed—by someone else—by time. Did Jesus just look away, just look up, just keep quiet, just expect others to do his work,


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Contrasts
2nd of March

Contrasts


I love vintage.  And I love modern. Men and women of all ages and all eras speak wisdom of God.  Words of others inspire me to keep walking, step-by-step, with Jesus.  I depend on others’ writings to encourage me, comfort me, teach me, and fortify me. Of course, all wisdom comes from God and only writings that dovetail with God’s Holy Word fill our deepest needs.  The literary vessels through whom God pours Himself are


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Running on Empty?
17th of October

Running on Empty?


Today is the day for emptying. I’ll give you the pretty and spare you the other.  Let’s just say that the “prep process” has begun for my procedure early tomorrow—the one I’ve been avoiding for FIVE YEARS. Since we’ve blown through our insurance deductible for the year, we’re racing to the finish, scheduling as many medical appointments as possible.  We tried for a “side-by-side” situation, thinking it would make a great date, but such an


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Anxiety and Joy:  How to Live with Contrasts
14th of October

Anxiety and Joy: How to Live with Contrasts


What a week!  What a life! I descend the stairs of our home, completely dark still at 5:45 AM except for a nightlight glowing by the front door.  I click it off.  I can’t bear to turn on the lights ‘til I get to the kitchen.  Then, I go from one extreme to the other.  Within seconds, my fingers find the panel of switches and the entire A-framed first floor of our log home is


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Harvest Blessings
7th of October

Harvest Blessings


The farm draws boys.  Teenage boys, specifically.  There are all those cut trails meandering through wildflower prairie and around cattail ponds, perfect for dirt bikes and ATVs and airsoft gun wars.  They come donning their pants, vests, and hats—all in camo—thinking they look oh, so cool.  And they do dumb things—which left one, our son, with a very damaged pinky requiring at least one surgery and, for sure, months of therapy to hopefully restore full


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Rendezvous with Red
26th of February

Rendezvous with Red


How is it that sometimes we women meet another woman who feels like a twin?  That’s my friend Kathy.  Our “coming together” was quite in line with our personalities.  We met camping. Todd, our young kids, our yellow lab, and I sailed on the U.S.S. Badger car ferry across Lake Michigan and drove north to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for the first of many times, many years ago.  A bit more rugged than most


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Warmth for the Frozen
7th of January

Warmth for the Frozen


While in the flesh, Jesus said . . . Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.  Matthew 24:12 Risen from the dead, in resurrected flesh, Jesus said . . . I know your deeds, that you are neither cold not hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am


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