Lessons from Lucy

  V.I.P. I walked upstairs a few weeks ago, only to find yet another make-believe room scene in process – this is not odd, ever since Lucy was two and a half, she has been the master of such scenarios. That day, she had created a classroom environment, carrying small furniture from all over the […]

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Retreat

If heaven were on earth, it would be in the mountains. The views would be endless, the breeze refreshing and cool, the colors vibrant and the smells damp and sweet. Heaven on earth is being listened to by heart sisters, encouraged, strengthened and challenged – without judgment or condemnation. Heaven on earth is belly laughter, […]

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First and Second Things

My Second things: Exercise, Food, good Health, Church, Money, Rest, Fun, Work, Friendships, Family Relationships, Lucy, Abby, Palmer. My First Thing: Relationship with Jesus, the lover of my soul. I’m learning that it takes more than a pretty tattoo on my wrist for me to remember to keep My “First Thing” first; in fact, sometimes […]

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Our Daily Bread

Baptism and Eucharist Sacraments are very specific events in which God touches us through creation and transforms us into living Christ. The two main sacraments are baptism and Eucharist. In baptism water is the way of transformation. In the Eucharist it is break and wine. The most ordinary things in life – water, bread and […]

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Be Their Ambassador

“Good parenting, which does what God intends to do, begins with this radical and humbling recognition that our children don’t actually belong to us. Rather, every child in every home, everywhere on the globe, belongs to the One who created him or her. Children are God’s possession (see Ps. 127.3) for his purpose. That means […]

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First Try…

My husband and I will celebrate eight years of marriage next week. I find that hard to believe, even though the proof snuck into our bed very early this morning… Lucy was born just three weeks before our first anniversary. In fact, I can recall the night I went to the freezer to pull out […]

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Know your story

Heart is full, but my mind and body are utterly exhausted from a weekend spent at Mother-Daughter Camp. Constant activity and social interaction are not an introvert’s cup of tea (not to mention the cabin sleeping arrangements!).  Attempting to “fill my tank” early this morning by re-reading part of Dan Allender’s “To Be Told.” Hope […]

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Entitlement

Entitlement: the opposite of gratitude and contentment. The feeling of being “owed” something. I started reading a new parenting book last week, it’s titled, “Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World.” Funny thing is, it’s rocking my world. Like every good parenting book, the author persuades the reader to examine his or her own heart […]

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It’s supposed to hurt

I have a friend who is in the middle of a very tough life situation, she and I were talking about this specific concept over the phone last night. In my world, when God takes the time to intentionally confirm an idea, belief, opinion, etc., I pay attention. I shared with her my “dark nights […]

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Empty pleasures

I was challenged yesterday while listening to a podcast from Ravi Zavharias – the topic was “the problem of pleasure.” The church doesn’t spend a whole lot of time on this topic, we wait until the “pleasure” morphs into sin, and then it is often covered completley in shame. Ravi does a phenomenal job explaining […]

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