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Missing the Magnificence

Missing the Magnificence

I married my husband seventeen years ago during a blizzard.  It was beautiful and warm in the church where we were married, but outside, there was a blizzard.  I remember telling one of my bridesmaids that it didn’t matter to me how awful the weather was because in just a few hours, my husband and I were headed to the warm and sunny Caribbean.  We had planned our honeymoon in the remote Marigot Bay.  We opted out of the all-inclusive,…

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Phone Booths and Friendships

Phone Booths and Friendships

I recently listened to a podcast about a man from Japan who keeps a phone booth in his back yard.  It doesn’t work, it hasn’t worked for years, and yet thousands of people who lost loved ones in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake use it all year round. They use the phone booth to talk to dead loved ones. Sounds crazy, right?  I thought so too.  Until I started listening to the conversations that were recorded from inside the booth….

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Compel My Heart to SING

Compel My Heart to SING

I’m grateful beyond what I can adequately express for the gift of music.  The melodies and harmonies included in all different genres have been an important part of little moments throughout my journey. I’ve listened many times to pop music blasting over the blue tooth speaker while my younger two jump on the trampoline.  “Because you can’t jump on a trampoline without a beat-drop, mom.”   Duh. I’ve heard thousands of junior high girls singing at the top of their…

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Life is full of new beginnings.  They’re around every corner.  A new school year, new family dynamics with a child sent off to college, a new job, new house, and there’s even a sense of newness to daily life after saying good-bye to a loved one.  With each rising sun, there is the promise of trying challenges and unexpected blessings, and they begin anew each and every morning. I used to spend all day Thursday with my mom in the…

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Cheering On and Building Up

Cheering On and Building Up

I completed a sprint triathlon a week ago.  I’m a runner, not a biker or a swimmer…for real.  I’d barely been on a bike for the last ten years, but with some encouragement from a friend, I pulled out my old bike that I bought back when my husband and I were first married, and after riding it around the neighborhood a few times, I felt like a pro. Until I saw my friend’s for real bike which looked something like this:…

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To Him Who Is Able

To Him Who Is Able

There are certain responsibilities in my adult, married life that I have discovered are difficult,  responsibilities that as a child seemed so stress-free and fun. Cooking is an example of one of those duties.  What child doesn’t dream of eating whatever they want, whenever they want.  As a kid, I remember staring irritably at our creamed tuna over biscuits desperately wanting time to speed up so I could cook my own dinner of warm, toasted…pop tarts. Because who doesn’t want…

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He Restores My Soul

He Restores My Soul

We renovated.  We moved. It’s so easy to write those words, but really.  Really.  Moving is a pain.  Renovating is a pain.  Like it’s literally a pain.  My back, legs, arms, and eyeballs were sore for days.   I wondered, while moving boxes of books from the basement to the upstairs,  if there are humans who embody grace and patience during a move.  Are there humans who look like this when relocating? If so, I’d like to meet this kind. I…

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Mugs, Penguins, and Other Inherited Treasures

Mugs, Penguins, and Other Inherited Treasures

When I first began the process of cleaning out my childhood home, I had grand plans to organize, plans to put each item in the house into a box or bin to be passed down to others in the family.  With the loss of my dad, and the nearness of heaven for my mom, the “stuff” in that house felt so significant- even the spoons and forks brought out raw emotions I didn’t know were there.   I actually shed…

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Art and Peaca

Art and Peaca

For a Christian, redeemed by the work of Christ and living within the norms of Scripture and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts. A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God—not just as tracts, but as things of beauty to the praise of God.  – Francis Schaeffer I’m not good at producing visual art. I love to write and make music, but when it comes…

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The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

I’d be lost without my church community.  Even from a young age, the local body of believers our family was committed to became like an extended family.  They cared for us in extraordinary ways when I was growing up…even doing things like bringing home siblings that were accidentally left at church. Yep. I was about ten or so and we had just returned home from church on a Sunday.  The family retreated to their various spaces for afternoon “rest.”  And…

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