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Multitudes on Mondays: When Giving the World isn’t Enough…

I am sliding folded laundry into drawers in the dark when his empty bed catches my eye. His pinstriped sheets are still rumpled in a wad at the foot of the mattress. His faded old comforter dangles carelessly off the edge of the top bunk. His pillow holds a splotch of moonlight that’s slipped in through […]

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His Chosen Ones

She was one of a mob of children sitting cross-legged on the floor. I couldn’t see her eyes hiding behind tousled pigtails, but I could tell by the stiff posture of her shoulders that she was listening intently to the young woman at the front of the room, the woman who held the list.     […]

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One Ballerina

She was one ballerina  in a jumble of tutus.      But my gaze was fixed on her.      Of all the slender hands waving in worship, hers were the ones I followed. Of all the pink-toed feet pirouetting in praise, hers made me smile. There were others as lovely and graceful, many as […]

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A Rose By Any Name…

I’m pretty sure I tucked Maggie Hope into bed last night and covered her with a pink fleece blanket before I tiptoed from her room. But this morning the little girl hollering from the nursery was Emma Rose.  Emma Rose looks just like Maggie with bed head, but I didn’t tell her that.  Instead, I […]

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Plain and Simple Truth

While we were unpacking our Fisher Price nativity scene last week I asked the kids, “Why do you think Jesus came as a baby?  I mean, he could have come as a King or a grown up or a warrior…”  My grade schoolers offered thoughtful replies…   “Maybe he came as a baby so no […]

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All I want for Christmas

 “So what’s the best part about being four and a half years old?” I asked our eldest daughter Elizabeth one drab February afternoon as we frosted cupcakes for her half- birthday celebration at preschool.         “Oh, that’s EASY,” Lizzy responded with a smile spreading across her chocolate-covered face. “I love my new ears.”  […]

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When Hope is Tucked in Small Places

     “Do you want a chance to peek through God’s eyes for a moment?” I asked our befuddled children as their daddy stepped into his doctor role and oozed a cold clear gel onto my slightly protruding stomach. With a knowing smile, he flipped the switch on a machine that looked strangely like a […]

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Happy Birthday, Rob!

Today I’m celebrating the birthday of the man I love. Twenty-eight years ago a green-eyed boy sat behind me in the fifth grade. It was his smile that first caught my eye.  And by God’s amazing grace, that smile still graces my days. Though this is a day for giving gifts to the birthday boy, […]

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Faith and Family Fun Fridays: Just for the Fun of it!

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.   -Hebrews 4:12   Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays! As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, I often […]

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Truth that Sticks

We finished reading through his Jesus Bible Storybook for the fourth time in today’s pre-dawn darkness.   When we reached the last page, he clapped. Then as we closed the cover of his Bible, Josh snuggled his warm head of tousled hair against my chest and sighed contentedly. “I love the Wurd.”    At summer’s […]

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