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He’s Got Your Attention…….Now What?

I’m not sure what’s going on outside this morning, but the birds seem extra determined to wake up the sun. I see hints of daybreak. A silhouette of the trees begins to form against a pale blue sky. I never doubt this daily transition. Never wonder if night will end. I trust the sun to... Read more

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First Things First

I’ve reached the end of Job once again. I’m not sure why God’s instructions to Job surprise me every time I read this last chapter. God is not happy with the words of advice from Job’s friends. As a matter of fact, he tells these men to gather animals for burnt offerings….. for themselves. “I’m... Read more

surrender scripture

 

Surrender is Scary

Oh, Job, you’ve never sounded quite so pitiful. This is the first time I’ve read this particular book in the Bible and actually felt a little compassion for his friends. Job begs for pity as if no one in the world has ever suffered quite like him. He looks around at the ones he calls... Read more

table for tea stop sign

 

What If We Stopped?

I knew when I saw this combination of stoplights and stop signs they were more than a message to me as a driver. Two red flashing lights hung over me and stop signs faced me – on each side of the road. This was not a normal intersection. I didn’t really understand the importance of... Read more

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Perspective Is Everything

My husband has said it often, “Things could be so much worse.” Even as Nick fought cancer, we celebrated his lack of intense pain, his joyful spirit, his constant smile, our friends and family who surrounded us with prayer and love 24/7. In the midst of suffering, there was always so much good. —————- This... Read more

books and bible

 

Relying on a Spider Web

Here I sit again with Job, listening to Bildad ramble on and on. Don’t people love to talk when someone else is struggling? Like Charlie Brown’s teacher, Bildad’s voice fills the air. I can almost see Job using his hand as a puppet to mimic the endless talking. But did Job pause like I did... Read more

quiet corner sign

 

When You Wonder What Just Happened

The sign reads, “Quiet Corner” and sits on the end table in our back room. It has sat here all summer, patiently waiting for me, while my life has been anything but quiet. From the loss of my dad to the wedding of Todd and Jessalyn to the temporary move-in of Erich, Mallory, and Elaine... Read more

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Social Media, Ecclesiastes, and Writing

There’s a lot about me I’ll never understand, but one thing I know: When big things are happening in my life, my voice gets smaller. And when life pushes forward too quickly, I tend to pull back. Lately, I’ve felt a big push on my life, and because of this, I’ve found myself pulling quietly.... Read more

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When Words Just Aren’t Enough….He Always Is

You would think I could find the right words by now; but when tragedy strikes, I’m speechless. I know too well, Words mean nothing when someone loses everything. So no matter how hard I try, there’s no stringing together of sentences that can bind what’s been broken. Life is hard. And words don’t make it... Read more

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An Open Bible Changes Everything

I love reading the Psalms. I picture David, a shepherd turned king, pouring out his heart to God through writing. I imagine other men and women through the years doing the same thing. As a writer, I love knowing the stringing together of words  has been a way of connecting with God since the beginning... Read more