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...]

It’s Impossible…

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    It’s impossible to pass through April 25th without thinking of Selah. But I hesitate to write much because I don’t have any expectations of others remembering and don’t ever want to imply that I do… I also waver because some who are hurting don’t ever witness love-surrounding. And some who are hurting, have not yet [Read More...]

10 Tips for Writing When You Don’t Want To (a guest post by Emily Wierenga)

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  I’m so thankful and happy to welcome my friend Emily T. Wierenga to share today. We both write for The Better Mom website and our friendship over these past few years has been such an encouragement from God… From Emily– I pin the colored fabric as though savoring a mango, this slice of time [Read More...]

On My Corner of Bitter and Sweetness

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I finished the book last night and fell asleep longing for them to make it into a movie– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Also swirling was– How much and how quickly each child in this house is growing. My bitter and sweet. On Thursday I met for breakfast-tea-turned-almost-dinner with two special friends. [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...]

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