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Why We’re Glad Jesus Doesn’t Fill Wooden Shoes

We lined five wooden shoes by our front door last night and tucked five expectant kids into bed as the moon rose high. We retold the old Dutch tale of that saint and his white horse, and we wondered with laughter if he would remember the little boy who he’d once mistakenly put in his sack.An hour later, that […]

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The Thank You Note in the Tree

I was picking up toys strewn across the grass when I spotted it, a bright splash of blue propped in the naked limbs of that spindly tree in our back yard. I shuffled closer, and my heart smiled at the familiar handwriting scrawled across the small envelope. To: JesusFrom: HannahAnd then, the address:Heaven, everywhere,In the […]

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Family Faith and Fun Friday: When Faith Gives You Wings

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, […]

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When You Long To Be Beautiful

  I sent my littlest boy to kindergarten this year.  Now he hops on the school bus with the rest of the big kids and waves at me until he’s disappeared into a muted yellow smear at the bottom of the hill. But today, when his three-year-old sister and I curled up without him in the […]

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Just Ask: The Prayer God LOVES to Answer

photo credit  When I was buried deep in diapers and sleep-deprivation, I secretly believed that setting aside more than five minutes to linger with the Lord was impossible.    In–depth Bible study? Prolonged prayer times? Maybe at 3 A.M.—after I strip the bed sheets that my potty–trainee wet in the middle of the night and […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: What Can Still Grow in Drought

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 […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: Building Our House on the Rock

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 […]

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Faith and Family Fun Fridays: How To Have Peace Like A River (Or Why Life With Jesus is NEVER Boring)

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 […]

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Faith and Family Fun Fridays: How Jesus Turns Rotten Hearts into Royal Ones!

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 […]

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Multitude Mondays: How A Daddy Makes Stones Dance

We spent the afternoon skipping stones.  Or trying to.The kids dirtied fingernails digging for the perfect skippers. They unearthed the flat ones buried deep beneath the grainy ground.They flung rocks by the dozens and squinted in the sun as they watched their tosses soar above the murky waves.  They threw overhand and underhand, side-armed and straight-on; experimented […]

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