Belonging

Stacked on our entertainment center is a pile of greeting cards for my youngest daughter who graduated from college last month.  While congratulations cards may be common place, I consider this pile profound.  You see, my daughter was blessed to be born into the lines of her grandparents’ families.  My father’s living sisters and brother-in-law…

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Vacations and Dangerous Expectations

I’m about to go on a trip of a lifetime and so I’ve had a self-imposed expectation that my minute by minute attitude leading up to this vacation should be one of pure joy and thankfulness.  Lately I’ve been learning a lot about the gift of God’s instruction to be thankful.  So I’ve been urging…

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A Freedwoman Holding onto a Slave’s Attitudes

How we experience life is really more about attitude than circumstances. I know, if you’re going through some really tough challenges the previous sentence can sound crazy simplistic. But I just read a passage in the Bible that I’ve read countless times before and it spoke to me in an new way. (It may be…

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Weed Whackers in April? But It's Not Fire Season Yet!

As I was driving today I noticed the beautiful hills in my neck of the woods/desert are already being mowed away. We’re only a couple weeks into spring but the glorious green wild grasses have turned to glorious gold. Most of the rain, that totaled (once again) less than a couple handfuls of inches over…

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Receiving Spring

soothing expanding head lifting nature of green tousled wild grasses and righteous weeds declaring of yellow mustard black-eyed susans purple lupine and swollen cactus of bluebirds prancing hawks floating swallows plunging towhees rummaging of clouds opulent held by sky zealous blue glimmers of clarity of layered hills in sunlight and shadows made glad by rain…

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What’s Going On Here?

I’ve been freaking out for about a week now. My circumstances haven’t changed in a profound way so my emotions can’t be explained by a new onslaught of stressful circumstances. I’m just not doing as well as I had been living in my old stressful circumstances. Remarkably one of my stressor points is planning a…

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A Valentine State of Mind for Presidents' Day

I’ve been a bit confused by all of the Presidents’ Day ads because I hadn’t remembered Presidents’ Day being so close to Valentine’s Day. But I’ve finally caught up with where we are on the calendar! I was reading a devotional this morning that directed me to 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I…

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Longing for Stars Hollow

Our town could be described as a bedroom community. At least I think it still falls under that description. I’m not sure if the fact that we have a Target and Kohl’s disqualifies us. Albertson’s grocery store, the Do It Center and Big Lots have all had to close. And that wasn’t in the 2009…

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