When you need a translator – 6a

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This past summer, our family sat in a cheerful cafe in Amsterdam. My husband and daughter tried a local favorite: bitter balls (or bittenball in Dutch), little round delicacies filled with beef and a creamy sauce. Because I switched to a gluten-free diet for health reasons, I vicariously enjoyed this delicious snack. After we ate, I handed my husband a …

If you want to hear God (& Three Tips) -5

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If you want to hear God, you must stop talking. Sounds obvious, right? The same technique also works with hearing from loved ones, friends, and coworkers. To hear God, I’ve had to learn to quiet the voices in my head. Listening to worship music helps. Scripture reading helps. Walking (in particular, a prayer labyrinth) helps. And when the Spirit enables …

How weakness can open you to God’s provision -4

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Confession: I prefer to be strong, healthy, and in control by being prepared before I speak or teach. But days before I taught on Psalm 23, I was not strong, not healthy, and not in control. The day before my Sunday talk for a local rehab center, my outline wasn’t finished. A first. My weakness opened me to God’s gracious …

On choosing joy and unexpected laughter – 9

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Although this incident happened a few months ago, it reminds me: I can choose joy when I release my expectations of how life should be and instead embrace what is. ______________________ Saturday sun beckoned like a beacon inviting us outside to play. To hurry us to the beach, I poured coffee into travel mugs. Mine wasn’t as well-made as my …

Why I’m still celebrating Easter joy – 8

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Yesterday, we celebrated Easter with friends at church and then over dinner. I baked a ham with a brown sugar and mustard glaze. Our girl made a berry sorbet and chocolate cake. Last night I added split peas, barley and a ham bone to a crock pot for soup today. But I’m not celebrating Easter joy because of the savory …

On growing and abiding in joy – 7

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Many years ago, our family visited a cherry orchard (*). Row after row of green trees laden with small red orbs stood before us. The sun warmed our bodies. We climbed ladders and picked one red cherry at a time, careful to not crush each one. It made me appreciate how much time and effort it takes to pick enough …

Who is Joy’s secret friend? – 6

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Joy’s friend hid in the shadows as we explored joy in this series. Deep biblical joy can’t exist without its friend: endurance. ********* When I visit my girlfriend M., she sits on her sofa with a puffy wrap around her knee. On the other end of the wrap, a small machine hisses and whooshes; it helps decrease her pain. She …

Is the joy of the Lord your strength? – 5

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Based on your comments on “Two ways to be present to joy,” I wrote this post. Joy isn’t only for weddings, friends laughing and babies smiling. Joy is also for when your heart feels so heavy it may capsize or when you’re living minute-by-minute and life feels tenuous. Joy is also for when your laptop crashes before a deadline or …

Two Ways You Can Be Present To Joy – 4

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Novel in hand, I settle into a corner of our faded sofa after washing dinner dishes. Our dog Bailey, leaves his designated half of the sofa and scoots toward me. His moist pink-brown nose nudges my arm until I lift it up and rub behind his soft golden ears. He closes his eyes and nestles next to me. My fingers …