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Multitude Mondays: Why Our Neighbors Might Think We’re Crazy

“The neighbors are going to think you’re crazy,” my husband had warned the first time I’d told him about my plan to begin a marvelous new Easter tradition.   He’d repeated the words last year on Easter morning as he’d kissed the top of my head and watched me traipse out the door at sunrise […]

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When We See His Glory in all of our Grit

 “If God is not in the muck of our daily existence,  then He is nowhere…”  -Tony Woodlief, Somewhere More Holy   I read those words at dawn and later scribble this proclamation of hope in my journal as the sun sets low and my children bake mud pies.  I  should be setting the table and […]

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Multitude Mondays: How to Make a Moment Shimmer

  We sauntered barefoot along the ocean’s edge, our eyes fixed on the treasure that had washed up with the morning tide.   The shell-covered beach was a flea market of wonder for anyone willing to stoop low and sift through the sandy jumble.     I was drawn to the ones that reflected the evening […]

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Why I’d rather collect pennies than seashells

    My whole crew woke up dancing this morning. Excitement trumped their normal sluggish start to another school day. I commented on their zeal as they packed their backpacks after breakfast. “Mom, this isn’t just an ordinary day,” Hannah reminded me.“Yeah,” my resident five-year-old echoed. “It’s the day I’ve been dreaming about since I was four.” I […]

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Why We Need An Easter Tree

      He is feeling big like Daddy when I pass him the trimming shears and point to a limb I’m eyeing for our Easter tree.    He studies the branch.    Touches the tips and runs his petite fingers along the cold bark.    Then squeezes the overgrown scissors with all his might.  […]

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Multitude on Mondays: Why Bumping into Jesus is Better than the Bottomless Cup of Coffee…

When my youngest girls were younger still, they unwittingly painted a beautiful portrait of spiritual refreshment during an ordinary sister mishap on a far-from extraordinary winter’s day. Though this scene unfolded on my dirty kitchen floor two years ago, I think of it often when my soul is parched and dry. And I thank Jesus for the […]

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The Gift of This Moment

I used to wish through entire seasons at a time.   As a college student, I missed those first delicate buds of spring because I was wishing my way through final exams and dreaming of summer break. As a new teacher, I missed autumn’s quiet glory as I wished myself through the arduous first months of […]

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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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The Secret to Thanksgiving Without End

She wanted to have a tea party.    He wanted to play pilgrims.    She wanted to pour me a cup of sparkling juice from her shiny red teapot.    He wanted to serve me a plate of candy rocks in honor of Plymouth and “all those people who came over on the flower boat.”  […]

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Family Faith and Fun Fridays: The Perfect Pre-Thanksgiving Activity

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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