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Growing Up Without Growing Old

Cropping out the world’s distractions and filling every corner of her life with joy, she giggles as she runs My niece always brings to mind Jesus’ words, “Unless you become like a child….” I need time with this little girl often, because I’ve felt a little old lately. Not in a real-world “I can’t believe I’m... Read more

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When Monday Feels Daunting But God Says, “Lean In”

It’s Monday morning and the big picture for this week is overwhelming. Between busy days at work and evenings filled with to-do lists that could easily get the best of me, it’s easy to feel tired before I even start getting ready for the day. But this picture…….. It caught my eye this morning and... Read more

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My Foggy Faith

It gets the best of me so often. The unknown. The unseen. The signs up ahead I can’t quite see. Foggy mornings scare me. So does walking by faith. Take me out of the driver’s seat and everything gets worse. There’s something about gripping the wheel that at least gives me the false allusion that I have a little... Read more

Maybe It’s As Simple As Giving Empty Jars

It’s funny how a sermon can hit you in an unexpected way……….. cause your mind to wander………… and the next thing you know you’re thinking about what’s sitting on your kitchen counter that very second and how maybe just maybe you washed out empty jars the night before not so much to clean them but to... Read more

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When Time Stops But The Stairs Keep Moving

Kids often run full speed toward new things. Who wouldn’t want to ride on “moving stairs?” But a lanyard around the neck of a little boy with tiny legs can quickly become an enemy when brought too close to a gap in the moving metal. Before I could even think, he was way ahead of me, moving upward,... Read more

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I Am Such A Sheep

  If you read my blog from time to time, you know I’ve been struggling for the past couple of weeks. Giving myself permission to slow down and lean into my grief has been painful, but I believe it’s also been necessary. It’s easy to stay one step ahead of grief for a while, but... Read more

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When You Wake Up Feeling Scared

Paris Baghdad Mexico Japan Beirut The headlines are filled with terrorist attacks and natural disasters this morning. ——————————————————- Last night, our television was glued to the breaking news in Paris. As I prepared to leave for a middle school lock-in at our church, I was filled with a sense of dread and fear. The juxtaposition... Read more

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The Wonderful But Unexpected Destination Of Our Penny Date

I should have know this penny was special. As I drove to meet a friend for lunch, I couldn’t help but reflect on our life stories and how they had crossed paths at such a difficult time in both of our lives. My son was fighting brain cancer. Her son was fighting leukemia. Almost ten years... Read more

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When You’re Caught in a Storm

Amy and I had planned to meet for several months. Our only communication had been through Facebook, but we had a bond that ran deep. A bond that doesn’t form from pretty things. One that comes from shared pain. Mutual heartache. Similar sorrow. We both walk the road of grief every single day. Grief that... Read more

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When Your Roots Show

My most recent profile pic on Facebook reveals some truth about me that sometimes you cannot see. If you look closely at this pic, you will notice what I’m talking about. I’m going to blame the more-than-usual appearance of my true color on the fact that I am standing so close to Tim who clearly... Read more