Tag Archives: love

Open, close, in, out

One of my high school classmates celebrated her fiftieth birthday this week. She wrote a thoughtful and reflective post on social media, including a bittersweet memory of the loss of a junior high classmate. Many of those we went to … Continue reading

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Mathematics

Years ago I was involved with a Bible study led by a wonderful woman and friend who had a powerful prayer life. When a challenge would arise that warranted extra prayer I would teasingly say, “Maggie, when you pray I … Continue reading

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All of it

When my sons were young, my life seemed to revolve around the home. I loved caring for our house, cleaning, making meals, and most of all, building into the lives and hearts of my boys. Slowly the enemy began to … Continue reading

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Empty chairs

This year has brought a lot of goodbyes for the people in my circle. As the holidays have gone by, I have thought about all the empty chairs around the table. Grandparents, spouses, and siblings, no longer present to share … Continue reading

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Returning the favor

The older I get the more I see people trying to live their lives by being independent and self-reliant. The perspective being that it is better to trust only yourself when it comes to accomplishing something, instead of looking to … Continue reading

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Salty words

While eating my lunch today, I overheard a conversation that broke my heart. A group of friends were discussing youth groups and church attendance, when one of them said, “I quit going to church in ninth grade, when my youth … Continue reading

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The separate ones

A precious friend messaged me today to share a story about some advice I had given years ago. I chuckled that something I had mentioned and over time had forgotten would have stuck with her. What I had said was, … Continue reading

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Outside looking in

A friend and I have been discussing a contemporary classic novel often assigned to middle school-aged children. We’ve touched on how the themes and characters were developed, how those themes and storylines would be understood by the younger reader, and … Continue reading

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The bee and me

The weeks of summer are often busier than the other nine months of the year. It is as if we are on a race with the sun and weather to accomplish all we can, while we are still able. It … Continue reading

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Make me an instrument

I had a conversation today with a woman who was very upset about things not working as she planned. I listened to her vent and I acknowledged her feelings, even agreeing that they were valid. As we discussed resolutions for … Continue reading

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