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Seek First: Delighting in the Design

For those of you who have just dropped by, I’m digging for treasure in God’s Word this month. Matthew 6:33 promises, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I believe “all these things” includes the treasures I’m seeking in the diaper pail […]

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Delighting in the Design; Read Phil 4:8 As we follow the example of Jesus and strive to see our children through eternal eyes, we may need some practical tools to move us from exasperation to expectancy. Just as Jesse failed to spot his youngest son’s potential (remember I Samuel 16?), we too, can get stuck […]

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Seek First: The Fingerprints of God

 The Fingerprints of God Today’s Treasure:  Read Psalm 22:9-10 and 71:5-6; Isaiah 46:3-4 “I’ve been there all along.” God gently reminds us in Isaiah 46:3. If forensic scientists could detect God’s fingerprints with a simple dusting exercise, then every embryo tucked secretly in a mother’s womb would bear evidence of God’s touch. In the words […]

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A Mother’s Prayer

I wrote this prayer a decade ago as a mother of one.  It was the cry of my heart then and it remains so today. I long to be a mother whose humble life in the diaper pail points my children to Jesus.     A Mother’s Prayer       As the sun beckons […]

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All I Imagined

Sixteen and a half years ago today, I vowed to love and to cherish my man forever.  When we planned an August 14 wedding we didn’t realize that our “half anniversary” would land each year on Valentine’s Day.  What fun to have a “double celebration” on a day already marked for love.   Years ago, I wrote this […]

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Name above All Names

I wrapped up a delightful book of advent meditations today by bestselling author and master storyteller Walt Wangerin Jr. Arranged in simple calendar fashion, the daily devotions began on December 1 and concluded on January 6, which is the twelfth day of Christmas (according to western liturgies), and is also the day Epiphany. Perhaps what […]

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First, A Bride

Shortly after we’d moved to our current home, Elizabeth found me rearranging my wardrobe in our master closet.  As she stepped into the closet, my daughter’s eyes landed on a large white box that I had stashed on the shelves above the hanging clothes. Intrigued by the sight of the unmarked box (and wondering if it might be a […]

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Celebrating Hannah

Six years ago today, we welcomed our third-born into the world. Hannah Faith arrived at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital with a mighty cry after a mere thirty-minutes of labor. Puffy and pink, our second little girl was an answer to many prayers- both mine and her big sister’s. We’ve often said that Lizzy prayed Hannah into […]

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A Display of His Splendor

The more I ponder the idea of sinking deep roots in the Lord, the more I’m convinced that the best soil for growing fruitful lives is the Word of God. This morning the kids and I read from Genesis 1 and marveled at how God’s WORD created the world. God’s voice did what even a master artists’ hands […]

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The Chase

As I’ve spent time praying over my children’s feet this week, or more accurately, over their walk with the Lord, I was reminded of a poem I wrote for Lukas when he was just two years old. Luke’s feet have always thrilled to a FAST PACE, and the intensity with which my firstborn “walks” through […]

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