The Theology of Baking Christmas Cookies and Other Weighty Matters

In this post-modern era where healthy eating has taken the status of a moral obligation, I am spending a few days indulging in the Christmas tradition of baking. With the explosion of both mommy and daddy bringing home the bacon and the epidemic of obesity, this tradition has seen better days. After all, flour and…

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Confessions of a Chronic Idiom User

I’m not sure when it started but I’m a chronic idiom user. Just today while discussing an injection I had for neck pain I said, “the jury’s still out” on whether it was a success or not. Yesterday, as I discussed with a friend on-going problems in our respective families I said both, “that ship…

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Leaving Home – Going Home

When our daughters reached their late teens they were chomping at the bit to leave home. When my husband and I reached our late teens we were chomping at the bit to leave home; so we didn’t take offense from our daughters. At that time our daughters began to find us particularly annoying. We would…

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Shut Down – Shut Up – Shut Out

Has anyone every shut you up? I’m not referring to “shut you down”. If you’ve been shut down it is over one subject and their argument has rendered your defense mute. I recently was “shut up”. Someone in my life, whose opinion matters to me, pointed out occasions (multiple) where I’ve failed to act and/or…

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Bush’s Dog Salute, Obama’s Coffee Salute and 783 Million People without Access to Clean Water

I wish I had the skills to post the photo of Bush saluting as he bent over to hold the dog in his arms next to the photo of Obama saluting with the coffee in his hand. Much ado about nothing. I know, respect is important; but stuff happens when you’re a busy president stepping…

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I Just Gave the Holy Spirit a National Park Ranger's Hat

I’ve been trying to coin a new phrase: “the two-third’s-life crisis”. Somehow it doesn’t ring like “mid-life crisis”. But I was too busy to have a mid-life crisis. I had my children in my 30’s so I was still raising them at the supposed mid-life point. Also, I think it’s more appropriate to have a…

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Abandoning Sorrow and Replacing it with the Wedding Feast

I’ve been choosing sorrow over joy a lot lately. It grew with ISIS. Really. That stark reminder of evil took center stage in what is true about life. It opened the door to other negative truths in my smaller story: a loved one with a mental illness, a friend plagued by cancer and endless chemo…

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Was a Worship Band with the Magi?

I went to a worship night at my church last night and worship broke out. Now before you say, “Duh, what else would you do at a worship night?”, consider the definition of worship. As John Eldredge teaches, believing worship is singing is a damaging assumption. Yes, we worship through song. But the Bible teaches…

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Fear, Terror, Love, Hope and a Girl in Purple

I can’t get her face, her eyes filled with shock and terror, out of my mind. I keep hearing her cry, “papa, papa, papa”. The little Yazidis girl dressed in purple, rescued off a mountain where her village fled to and where many (estimated 20,000) are now starving, is representative of countless lives traumatized or…

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The Discipline of Watching a Sunset

We had a rare weekend in southern California complete with cloud cover, intense humidity and rain. I thought I had perhaps moved to another state without realizing it. Rain makes me giddy in this drought-ridden landscape. A little before 8 in the evening I was reading in my backyard because it was far more comfortable…

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