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How God’s Love Story Always Ends

Years ago when our marriage was drowning beneath the weight of diapers and preschoolers, I planned a quiet Valentine’s evening with my husband. When the house grew quiet, we grabbed our coffee cups and a slice of cheesecake and took time to look back at our path of love. I’d filled a suitcase with “souvenirs” from our […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: When Giving the World isn’t Enough…

I am sliding folded laundry into drawers in the dark when his empty bed catches my eye. His pinstriped sheets are still rumpled in a wad at the foot of the mattress. His faded old comforter dangles carelessly off the edge of the top bunk. His pillow holds a splotch of moonlight that’s slipped in through […]

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When You Wonder if That Voice is His…

Last night Lizzy asked me if I had ever “heard God’s voice in my ears.” I smiled at the distinction made by this child who was once the proud owner of special ears.  I confessed that I’d never heard God’s voice audibly and admitted that I was afraid I’d fall flat if God’s voice ever did […]

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Why We all Need Epiphany

Her piercing shriek pulled me from sleep. Groggy and disoriented, I groped my way around the corner and down the hallway toward the nursery.  Three steps from the crib, my bare feet met  something sharp and pokey. As pointed metal punctured my soft sole, I stumbled forward in the darkness and groped for the crib […]

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Wishing You Joy… Because of Him

I’ve been taking a break from words this week. I’ve been trying to listen more and talk less. Trying to focus more on their words-  on the stories and musings, the songs and proclamations that flow from the mouths of my five sweet gifts, all filling our home with happy noise this week.    Perhaps, […]

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Lingering in the Light

We began the morning as shepherds, four mothers who had stepped away from the hills of homemaking to warm ourselves by the fires of friendship for an hour. Caretakers of our own little flocks, we gathered round a coffee table set with twenty flickering flames and lingered long in one another’s quiet company.  We who dwell […]

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When Spreading Your Wings Too Wide Leaves You Crippled

I’ve said “yes” to too many things this month. Good things. Noble things. Perhaps even God-things. But my “yes month” is draining me dry. I’m feeling edgy. Cranky. Apathetic. All I really want to do is just curl up at my Savior’s feet, quit being a Martha and embrace the Mary buried somewhere under all the […]

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Why Jesus Gave Us Mommies

We were savoring autumn’s end at a playground near the lake when my middle-born asked, “Mommy? Could we take a little walk in the leaves?”   I would have been content to remain seated in the sand at the bottom of the slide, and to continue applauding my toddler’s bravery each time she plunged down […]

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That THING at the Park! (an unlikely story of answered prayer)

I’m delighted to once again be participating in the Third Thursday Thoughts Hearts at Home blog hop. “Hearts at Home seeks to encourage, equip, and educate every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.”Today’s topic is “tell about a time at the playground when THAT THING happened.”  If you’re in the mood to […]

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Investing in Borrowed Treasure

She’s not yours. The thought stabbed me first as I quietly cuddled with my pajama-clad toddler before sunrise last week. Her rumpled hair tickled my nose while I nuzzled her soft sweaty ringlets and breathed deep her sleepy morning scent. The invasive words jolted my soul. I tried to shove them beneath the secrets and […]

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