Faith

When You Think it’s About Trying Just a Little Harder

You know those days? When the dirty laundry is scattered all around the floor. And someone knocked the clean laundry off the couch so who knows what is what anymore? And the youngest doesn’t have clean underwear. And the oldest can’t find her favorite shirt. Or any shirt for that matter. The dishes are piled up, there are no clean sippy cups, and you roll over in bed, determined...
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Personal Growth

Bittersweet Mystery

After finishing four books last month, my reading slowed this month. I finally, finally finished Shauna Niequist’s book, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way. (It ended up in the wrong pile and went back to the library prior to me finishing it). I liked all of it and loved one particular chapter (“Phoenix”) which I read at exactly the right time I needed to read...
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Loving Others

Service Doesn’t Start in the Soup Kitchen

It’s that time of year again. The bells are ringing outside the grocery store. The churches are pushing for mission’s funding. The commercials are breaking our hearts. Our consciences are pricked. Our guilt runs deep. So we throw a little money here. And a little bit there. And we schedule a soup kitchen serving slot in between all the must-do holiday craziness. But service doesn’t start in the soup...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Into (November 2014)

  Reading I finished up Surprised by Motherhood and Persuasion toward the beginning of this month. Get my thoughts on these books and others here. I’m just now finishing up Bittersweet because it accidentally got taken back to the library before I was done so I had to recheck it out to finish it! Other Media Last month we watched the second Hunger Games movie because today we’re going...
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Faith

Even So Come Quickly

This world aches and groans. Disease. Brokenness. Inequality. Racism. Injustice. Poverty. Flat-out meanness. I could just cry over the meanness. In my own heart and in others. We ache and we yearn for something better. And that is why we practice Advent. We spend Advent remembering the long wait for Hope incarnate. And we look forward to the coming Hope. Because that Hope, the Hope that threads through from...
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Inspiration

A Holiday Manifesto

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, followed by Black Friday, and full-on Christmas bustle. I find that if I’m not intentional during this time of year, things go awry quickly. So. This holiday season: I will think carefully before making a commitment. Because every “yes” is a “no” to something else. I will put mine and my family’s sanity ahead of decorating, baking, cooking, and attending parties. I...
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As a Family

Getting Outside in Winter Time

  Update: We now live back in Michigan where we’re enjoying loads of snow and wind chills near zero in mid-November. So I thought it was a good time to repost this…mainly as a reminder to me. Because getting outside in the winter is not my favorite. But it’s worth it. Occasionally. And with no guilt trips from me toward you. Because I haven’t taken the kids out yet...
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