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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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16th of November

How to Consume Life-Giving Lamb


I ate the lamb shank—the lamb I ordered—Sunday night. For those of you who are vegetarians, I’ll try to be sensitive.  Truth is, I found that shank extremely tender and tasty. Still, I wonder if I ought to partake of an animal that was “sacrificed” for my sake. Why can’t I even eat a tasty lamb dinner without thinking of the spiritual connections? Maybe the answer has something to do with the fantastic, nine-month study


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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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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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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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26th of May

Slaying That Dragon—Again


Sometimes the dragon you thought died—the one you thought you slayed with God’s word and your heaving, desperate prayers and every other right thing you knew to do at the time?  Sometimes that dragon comes back from the abyss as if it had never died and been buried.  One day, you turn and there you are, facing the Beast, fire-hot breath bating you . . . And you thought I was gone!  Ha!  I’m back.


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You've Got Mail (The Truth About You in Love Letters)
24th of May

You’ve Got Mail (The Truth About You in Love Letters)


Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3 Crab food.  That’s what my husband calls it.  He says that if I don’t have food when I’m hungry I get really crabby.  He’s right.  We all need food, water and rest on a regular basis to function optimally.   Water and rest?  I’ve got that pretty well mastered.  It’s food that’s the problem.


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Glory Hunting
19th of May

Glory Hunting


I wake to the the sun streaming on my side of our bed.  A new day. My first thoughts?  A prayer formed from words in Lamentations about hope in the midst of affliction. Oh God, because of Your great love we are not consumed, for your compassions never fail.  They are new every morning.  Great is your faithfulness!  And then I roll over and face my husband, his eyes just opening. His first words? “I


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How To Make a God
13th of October

How To Make a God


There is no such thing as a human being who does not worship.  We all believe in something so much or want something so strongly that we will sacrifice just about anything in order to get it or keep it.  This is our god.  These are our gods.  They may not be golden calves causing us to bow down before them as in days of old.  Still, we bow our hearts.  We compromise and sacrifice for


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Vision of Glory
28th of February

Vision of Glory


 One thing I ask of the LORD, This is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty of the LORD And to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle And set me high upon a rock. Then my


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Vision of Glory
21st of February

Vision of Glory


Psalm 8 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,


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