He is What I Need (Abide Challenge #2)

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Last Thursday I flew to Montana, without any notion of what God might do with my time away from home. It ended up being a precious time of friendship and learning and laughter and slowly savored meals. Of crisp air, bold mountains, blue skies and even double rainbows. God’s fingerprints covered the entire weekend. It was a God-gifted [Read More...]

Ways to Help Your Child Build Friendships

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  This is me… Saying “hi”. Actually– it’s one of Colson’s recent Claymation clips, but I liked it. It’s summer and I’m knee deep in sand-filled-laundry, trying to reroof our house, lemonade stands, a broken AC, and packing-unpacking-lists. Trying to remember to collect the chicken eggs, water the garden, and trying not to think about [Read More...]

When You Are Longing for Friendship…

Longing for Friendship

  They are a blur of hot pink and sequins, Releasing a high pitched shriek as they run to meet each other, as if yesterday was a decade ago. Linked arms and happy smiles and matching BFF necklaces, The two 6th grade girls wait in line for me to register them. I have been helping [Read More...]

Who I Am

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About three years ago… Something crazy happened, but I know God’s hand was in it. There was an online “competition” called– The Top 25 Faith Blogs and somehow I ended up in the mix. And then, not because I really belong in the “Top 25 Faith Blogs,” But because I have such incredible friends who [Read More...]

My New Year Starts Today…

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I love having a January birthday. Because if I miss the new year opportunity for new year’s opportunities… I get another chance 13 days later. And that’s what happened this year. Most of my new year’s resolutions (which I prefer to call possibilities) are very similar to last year’s. Possibilities of: Less of ________ . And [Read More...]

October 30, 2013

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  Celebrating– Double-digits. And our first teenager. Returning from– A fun weekend in Seattle with family celebrating Grandma, Grandpa, Eliana, Cavan, and Laura birthdays–   swimming, airplane museum, movies, swimming, Rainforest café, and more swimming… Reading– Crazy Busy– Kevin DeYoung The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness– Tim Keller The Golden Goblet– Eloise McGraw   Listening to– The Gettys [Read More...]

I Have a Friend…

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I have a friend who is going in for a medical test today. Images, biopsies, invasive… Invading the allusion of security and safety that so easily numbs us to eternity. And the results could be life-impacting. Some might say– Shattering. And I probably won’t think-pray about much else today. But– In the midst of it all [Read More...]

I Want a Kid Named Barnabas

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Drawn from the archives… On a day when we need a little 1 Thess. 5:11 to fill these walls. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…” I want a kid named Barnabas. You know… That son of encouragement. (Acts 4:36) But first I have to change my own name. And listen when I [Read More...]

Praying for…

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Praying for the Hartfeld and Springstead families tonight… As Jacob and Stacey head home awaiting hospice. Please join us in praying for Stacey and Jacob and their little ones. Dear Stacey & Jacob, Oh sweet friends… All day long. All day long God has brought you to mind. And every place I went today…the conversation [Read More...]

10 Ways to Grow a Friendship (for Becky)

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  Tears drip off my chin, landing on the key board. This post is for my friend Becky. Who is moving far away tomorrow. And she gave me this old man smoking a pipe for my birthday. Probably my favorite gift because it represents years of friendship. A record of– Birthdays and marriages. Babies and [Read More...]

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