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Passport to Purity

I’m packing suitcases this morning and praying as I go. Soon my firstborn daughter and I will hit the road for our highly-anticipated Passport to Purity get-away. We are looking forward to three days and two nights of sheer girl time and we’re ready for some deep conversations about the path that lies ahead of […]

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Patiently Growing

Recently, time at the swimming pool has served as a marvelous antidote for July’s crescendoing heat. As I watched Hannah race down the water slides with her friends not long ago, I remembered how my middle daughter had once believed that she would NEVER be tall enough for the “big slides” at our local pool. […]

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The Kissing Hand

Hannah went to church camp for the first time this past weekend. She clocked three days and two nights of crazy, game-playing-Jesus-praising fun, while her family marveled at the quiet house left in her wake.  As the first day of camp drew near, I battled a keen sense of anxiety.  After all, this was the […]

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Come to the Edge

I took my little ones to a local spot we call “the Cliffs” this morning. We hiked down a mud-sloshed trail until sunshine broke through the dense tree cover and beckoned us into the light. There, ancient shelves of rainbow-hued rock jutted bravely over deep blue waters.    Hannah’s eyes brightened at the majestic sight […]

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The Road that Leads to the Rock

When I was sixteen, I accepted a summer babysitting job to fill the long days that stood between tenth and eleventh grade.  My job description was simple. I was to provide “good old fashioned summer fun” for two rambunctious nine-year-olds.  Filled with energy myself, I was up for the challenge.  Bike rides down obscure country […]

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The Sister Step!

  My big sister turned forty today, and we celebrated her stepping into her fourth decade with an unusual birthday tree. As I mused on all the steps we’ve shared in my thirty-eight-and-a-half-years, I penned this simple poem of gratitude. A sister is a gift. But a sister who walks with Christ is a gift […]

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A Little Holdin’

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Thursday’s Jewels: Love’s Risk

I love it when I stumble upon wordsthat quietly take up residence in my soul: a quote worth sharing, a question worth asking, a prayer worth repeating. I love it when another truth seeker’s reverent musings lift my thoughts above dirty diapers, dirty dishes and dirty laundry. I feel grateful when another seeker’s words chase […]

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The Rollercoaster of Love

Yesterday I was digging through some old journals and I stumbled on a free write that reminded me of this whole journey of messy love. It was an entry I’d scribbled in desperation on the first of November nine years ago, an entry that still captures my hope and my frailty even now as I struggle to reconcile […]

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Maggie’s Song

Yesterday, my baby turned two. The day was filled with happy dances, bold declarations of MINE (if anyone dared to touch her presents) and the normal assortment of tears and time-outs. But the introspection of my heart wasn’t normal or loud and bold like the personality of my last born.  The deep sense of awe that […]

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