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Camp Rainbow

        My firstborn was packing his duffle bag for church camp on Sunday night when Joshua walked into the room and asked,    “Where are you going?”   “To  church camp.”    “Like Hannah?” Joshua asked, remembering his big sister’s good-byes just over a week ago.   “Yeah, but I get to […]

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Water for the Thirsty

   Years ago a weary woman stumbled upon a remedy for her cracked soul. She wasn’t seeking solutions when she lugged her cumbersome pots to the local well. She had simply come for water again…  Hadn’t she just filled those jugs yesterday? And the day before that?  She was tired of seeing the bottom of […]

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The Junk Story

    It doesn’t take much to spark a story at our house…  An unidentified sock on the floor may stir up a saga of a furtive midnight visitor. A misplaced teddy bear may provoke an enthralling zoo mystery, and the mail man’s muddy footprint on the front step may trigger a droll tall tale. […]

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Rescue Hero

In his delightful book, Somewhere More Holy, Tony Woodlief  reminds us that God speaks in countless ways. As parents, we have the unique privilege of hearing His echo in the words of our children. “He doesn’t always pronounce judgement in a King James voice, you know,” Tony points out, “Sometimes God is in the whisper […]

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Feasting on the Mystery

I love the word that God’s children used to name those daily dew drops of wonder (Exodus 16:31). Manna sounds like the Hebrew word for What is it? Though they ate the same delicacy for forty years, the Israelites never figured out how to aptly describe their daily dish. Old Testament writers refer to it […]

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Embracing the Mystery

Hannah and I took a “mystery walk” yesterday as the sun was dropping low.  A heart-shaped stone lying on the ground (okay, it was a bit of an oblong circle, but we imagined it to be a heart) served as the springboard for our create-it-as-you-go story.  A poof of white stuffing, a yellow blob of […]

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Patching the Holes: Redefining Wonder

When the Lord began to show me the holes in my bucket, He challenged many of my unspoken misconceptions about abundant life. Quickly, I realized that if I wanted a life brimming with wonder, I would need to redefine what wonder really is. I used to believe that wonder would come like a monsoon to fill […]

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The Penny Perspective: Peering through Holy Eyes

Yesterday, after sharing the story of the sparkles on the pond, I pictured the scene once again. Though the moment along the water’s edge happened over a decade ago, I can still see my firstborn standing beside the pond, his sun-faded baseball hat perched atop his nearly bald  head (Back then I wondered if he’d EVER […]

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Pennies in the Fridge

Spring break officially ended today when the school bus chugged through the gray morning mist and honked its impatient horn at the end of our driveway. Joshua stood at the door and begged his big sister not to go, while pajama-clad Maggie made a mad dash across the yard in an earnest attempt to join […]

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The Penny Perspective

I spotted a copper gleam beneath the measuring cups when I opened my kitchen drawer this morning, a quiet penny just waiting to be found. I plucked it from the clutter of utensils and dropped it in the canning jar that sits on the small bookshelf near the kitchen table. “Thank you for the aroma […]

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