3 Ways You Can Be Like Mary

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(Taking a break from our “JOY” series.) Actually, it is 3 ways you can aspire to be like Mary. Why do we remember a poor peasant girl, who wasn’t part of the Rome’s power pyramid, more than 2000 years later? Mary’s platform didn’t make her memorable, it was her heart’s posture. Mary bent her heart low in trust and surrender. …

Top 10 Things I learned in November

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In no particular order but with gratitude for Emily Freeman’s invitation to share what we learned each month: (Thoughts on creativity, solitude, hope, anger from a biblical perspective, writing memoir and a movie about Sherlock Holmes as a senior…) 1. Courtney Carver of bemorewithless.com expressed it well: “I don’t say no because I am so busy. I say no because …

2 stories of hope (& 1 song) – 5

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Since I began our “Hope” Series, my radar seeks anything hope-related. I share some of my finds with you.   1. “Flowers fade. Hearts break. But, there in the darkness, through all the storms, hope is sure. Even when life doesn’t turn up the way we plan, our hope is secure in the One who died, was buried and rose …

Where is your hope in the gap?-4

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Welcome to the 4th post in our “Hope” Series. After church, I over reacted to a mistake our daughter made. Again. Words of judgment flowed before I could stop. It was like watching a conversation bubble appear in a cartoon that I wanted to pop. Sigh. I didn’t yell but my tone was harsh. Pause. I pray for patience. We …

What if the Bible was like a rocket to the moon?

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I’m honored to have my friend Monica Sharman share about her new book, Behold the Beauty: An Invitation to Bible Reading, because she lives what she writes. And because I’ve experienced the power of God’s Word to change lives, including mine. Congrats to Monica as her book launches October 13, 2015!   People don’t buy quarter-inch drill bits. They buy …

The Winning Title (& what I’m asking myself today)

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It was a close race between Option 1 and 2, but Option #1 pulled ahead, so the title of my devotional will be: “7 Days of Soul Care: Do the ordinary with our extraordinary God.” Thanks to everyone who voted via comment or e-mail. I appreciate your contribution and your kind words of encouragement. Writing has felt like my heart …

Please help me pick a title for my book (& an update)

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I have a love/hate relationship with paper. Thus, my Top 10 Things I learned in September post included a tweet about organizing more and owning less paper. Over the past three days, my heart felt like it climbed a steep mountain, sank into a valley, avoided open pits, and discovered water in the desert as I sorted through boxes of …

What do you need when you wait?

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Light illuminates our kitchen table as I read her words over and over. Yes. Grace and truth. “Patience to wait does not come from suffering long for what we lack but from sitting long in what we have.”    – Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word Day by Day, Jan. 3   Photo used with permission of CC User: Ian Sane …

6 Things you might want to hear on a hard morning

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Listening and waiting is part of our faith journeys and yet they are some of the hardest things to do well. A few Saturdays ago, after a tense exchange with a loved one, I left for a walk. How can a morning derail so quickly? As I strolled past scrubby bushes, oak trees and listened to birds chirp and cheep, …

What does faith look like?

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Welcome to the first post of my series exploring Faith. A few weeks ago, my husband and I walked and talked after dinner. Tension accompanied us with each step as we fumbled with words as if we each spoke in a foreign language. Faith here looked like inviting God into our conflict and seeking in love to listen to each …