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REMEMBERING

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Today is the day we honor our military men and women for paying a tremendous price. I’ve chosen to share this lyric as one small way to honor those lives lost. This is for them and their families, who no longer have their sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives. Continue reading

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HOW I GET MY JOY BACK

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WHEN LAUGHTER ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH MEDICINE

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A zing of alarm went up my spine. Pam’s comment on my post about real and proverbial mountains set off the zinging, but her words weren’t the problem. HER words were considered and thoughtful. She wrote: 

“Yes, I know what you mean about getting overwhelmed when you see the size of the mountain, but not stopping… I need to remember to laugh a good belly laugh while going up my mountain.”

“But not stopping…” But not stopping??!!??

Did I really write that? What was I thinking? Laughing on my way up a mountain? Was I that reckless? Did I treat the huge mountains of life and art as a lighthearted caper?

I had to see if I wrote something I’d have to take back. Continue reading

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HE’S NOT A USER

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About a year ago, maybe more, I was on the phone with one of my favorites – a young woman I love with all my heart. Life’s been a struggle for a while and because of it, she felt doomed. She believed life was supposed to be easy and since it wasn’t, then something must be wrong. With HER.

Since we’ve had similar conversations before, I knew she wouldn’t get it if I tried to shake her of that lie, so I decided to do something different.

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HOW MUCH MORE

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I’ll never forget that day. It was four months ago, about eleven AM on a Sunday morning and already 95 degrees. And newscasters from around the world threatened twelve more degrees to come. The weight of the heat pressed on me, but my worries for my niece weighed even more. Continue reading

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THE GIFT OF DEEP GLADNESS

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“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ― Frederick BuechnerWishful Thinking: A Theological ABC

Late one evening after finishing grocery shopping a line for a new song popped into my head. But as I pulled into my driveway I thought a typical dismissive thought. Oh forget that.It’s a cliché! Continue reading

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MORNING GLORY

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Prompted by the writings of Ann Voskamp, I was on the alert to look for a gift having to do with water. Not so long into the day I was playing around with a sprinkler head, adjusting it, trying to get the water to go where I wanted it to go. After testing the sprinkler, I turned it off.

And then I saw it.  Continue reading

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TODAY’S THE DAY

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If Ariana could, every day would be a celebration with bubbles!

Today is my birthday. Historically it’s been a miserable day for me with a past marked by really bad stuff happening on THE DAY. So bad that the details aren’t boring. But I’m not going to share those details, because that’s not what this post is about. What this IS about is how this day was created to be a glorious, jubilant day of celebration. Continue reading

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SECRET IDEAS – 2

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In the midst of Disneyland cacophony, Daniel listens close as Laura speaks.

In the midst of Disneyland cacophony, Daniel listens close as his wife Laura speaks.

HOW CAN YOU REALLY KNOW GOD?

When I found out that eternal life is actually experienced and lived in knowing God as Father and as Jesus (See Secret Ideas – 1, John 17:3) I was intrigued and kind of excited.

I understood immediately this was the kind of “knowing” similar to how spouses (ideally) get to know each other. Continue reading

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SECRET IDEAS – 1

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The Trickster. The User. The Punisher.

Like characters in a play, I was caught up in the personalities of these three. Who are they? Oh, just some secret ideas I had. About God. And what was wrong with Him. Unfortunately, I didn’t know they were characters in a play. I thought they were real. I thought these ugly characters were God.

And I found these things hidden, buried in my heart.  Continue reading

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THREE MONTHS

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Three months ago I made a decision to start this blog. It was a sudden, spur of the moment decision and I committed to a three month period of website hosting from Go Daddy. I figured that by the end of three months, I will know whether or not I wanted to continue on.

I want to continue on. Continue reading

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