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pause buttons

Patience.  Waiting.  Yielding.  Holding.  All of these ideas are when a person is physically still but emotionally running in place.  Nothing can be done, yet everything seems to be ready to move. Like the runner with his feet in the … Continue reading

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whirlwinds

Last night multiple tornadoes tore through parts of Illinois.  My family is fine, but many are not.  Towns were destroyed, lives have been lost, and my heart hurts.  I have been praying for comfort, holding out in hope, and praying … Continue reading

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secret prayers

It is official, we signed a contract on our “dream home” last night.  It’s a rambling farmhouse that was once part of a larger parcel of land, whittled down to a couple acres. It needs work.  But when I look … Continue reading

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Nothing

In recent news we have heard again of the deaths of Christians for sake of being “Christian.” Twenty-one Christians were beheaded by ISIS in Egypt sparking sorrow, grief, and outrage around the world’s Christian community. We are being reminded again … Continue reading

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“Love”

Valentine’s Day is this weekend. A person would have to live under a rock to not know– Jewelers have their commercials to show the “clueless” boyfriend/husband/significant other what she “really wants” this year. Stores advertise their plush animals, cards, candy, … Continue reading

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On accomplishments, community, and clean bathrooms

Since today is Friday, I did the dishes, washed the laundry, vacuumed, made a bowl of popcorn for the boys to have after school, and cleaned the bathrooms. It never ceases to bring me great satisfaction when I see things … Continue reading

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street corners

The weather here has been unseasonably warm the last week or so.  I have even worn sandals to work and left my coat at home.  The warm weather has also brought the homeless out once again.  I pass them on … Continue reading

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telling stories

Throughout my life I have been surrounded by natural story-tellers.  My paternal grandpa was the best story-teller ever. He could bring the grit, the laughter, or the event, to the forefront and make you feel like you were a silent … Continue reading

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comfort circles

Today I worked in the nursery at my church.  I haven’t worked in the nursery like this in over 15 years.  It was peaceful and fulfilling to rock, play, and coo at little ones who are just learning about their … Continue reading

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clean

I can hardly believe the year is over and yet, I can hardly wait for the new year to begin.  There is something to be said about being new. New crayons, still intact, blunt ends waiting for coloring sheets and … Continue reading

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