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For Anyone Who’s Ever Stumbled in the Darkness…

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 reached blindly for […]

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When Closed Doors Don’t Budge (And Why God May Not Turn The Handle)

  photo credit When Lukas was just nine months old, he developed an unsettling habit of trying to crawl through closed doors. Head bent and gritted jaw set, my firstborn would assume the bulldozer position and wriggle forward with dogged determination until he collided with the door that stood in his way. Then my tenacious tot would pull his […]

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Grace in Aisle Seven (Or How God Keeps a Mother Humble))

I didn’t understand grace until I became a mother.    Oh, I’d sung about it on Sunday mornings.    And I’d read about it in His word.   I’d thanked Jesus for it every time I slipped on my golden cross necklace.  And I’d even penned a few poems about it in perfect rhythm and rhyme. […]

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Multitudes on Mondays: Why You Might Want to Change Your Name

Before our third-born arrived, my preschoolers constantly wanted to play the name game.    “What shall we name the baby?” Luke, five years-old at the time, would ask over breakfast, when I tucked him into bed, and a dozen times in between.   When the baby finally arrived and necessitated a name, we had compiled quite […]

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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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