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Souvenirs for the Soul: The Testimony of God Shows Up in Unexpected Places

Souvenirs for the Soul: The Testimony of God Shows Up in Unexpected Places

In my pre-waking moments, I thought I was on a subway again. I’d been in the country only a few days, and with my group of journeymen missionaries had ridden several trains and subways, touring the city as we acclimated to the culture. Awakened long before my alarm rang, I thought someone was shaking my bed. My eyes rolled open to realize my bed was indeed shaking though no one was near it. I sat straight up wondering, “Is this…

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Remarkable Faith

Remarkable Faith

I’m in the middle of a first time experience, and I’m loving it. I have the privilege of serving on Shauna Lettelier’s launch team for her book … Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marvels at the Faith of Unremarkable People … to be released July 11th. And here’s the cool thing: Shauna has also been a nonbiological mom. The last Monday of every month this year, I’ve featured a guest blogger. Today I’m doing that a little differently. I thought it…

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Souvenirs for the Soul: Lessons Learned on Summer Vacations

Souvenirs for the Soul: Lessons Learned on Summer Vacations

Ah, the summers of my childhood. Raised in a typical middle-class home, my parents somehow managed to take our family to new places across the country. Camping on Minnesota lakes. Visiting friends in the Missouri Ozarks. Stopping at the painted dessert, petrified forest, white sands, and the Grand Canyon, enroute to extended family in Arizona. I’ve a bucketful of memories from up-close-and-personal interactions with America the Beautiful. My husband also enjoyed childhood opportunities to experience life beyond his home town….

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Arise, Darling! Winter is Over!

Arise, Darling! Winter is Over!

We only have one that pops up in our garden each spring. But it only takes one to make me squeal like a three-year-old … “Look! The daffodil has bloomed!” Daffodils are one of my favorites. They are the first to bloom around here. With their perky heads and sunny faces, they trumpet promises of warmth and renewal. Photo courtesy of Aaron Burden @ Unsplash God’s promises are like that, too. They trumpet hope like water in the desert, color…

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When God Seems to Take His Sweet Little Ol’ Time

When God Seems to Take His Sweet Little Ol’ Time

She was barren, this wife of his youth. Barren throughout her child-bearing years, and well beyond the cessation of her cycling. And THEN God tells him he will be father to a great nation (Genesis 12:2). What would have gone through your mind if God had made such a promise to you? {Photo courtesy of Evan Dennis @ Unsplash} I think I would have looked around, trying to figure out who God was really talking to. And it would have…

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I Often Don’t Like Easter Services

I Often Don’t Like Easter Services

I often don’t like Easter services. I don’t. I like parts of the service—usually. But I often come away less than satisfied. The Easter story is packed with lessons: The prophecies of Passover fulfilled “Not my will but Yours” Peter denying Christ Christ bearing the punishment for our sins By Christ’s stripes we are healed The crushing of Satan’s head Light in our deepest darkness The defeat of death and the grave Eternal hope And so on, and so on,…

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Calling the Monsters Out

Calling the Monsters Out

We sat around a beautiful hardwood dining room table. Six of us with stomachs stuffed full of egg casserole, muffins, and fruit. A vase of flowers and a tempting dish of m&ms remained on the table. Our china cups recently refilled with fresh coffee. We met like this monthly, each woman sharing updates on the progress—or lack thereof—of her children. photo courtesy of Brooke Lark @ Unsplash One mom shared of the ways her near-adult son was taking advantage of…

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Now What?

Now What?

It was another Help, Lord! moment. One of my children had just blindsided me with another, never-before-used, boundary-challenging technique. Dumbfounded, frustrated, and weary, I asked my heavenly Father, “Now what do I do with THIS?” I once considered writing a book titled Now What? because it was a question I asked on a regular basis. Too frequently I felt thrown off kilter. The misbehaviors I faced—almost daily—required the wisdom of an experienced professional. I frequently felt like Tim Conway, in the…

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Restoration for a Heart Eroded by Lying

Restoration for a Heart Eroded by Lying

She stomped her foot and insisted she hadn’t gone in the house I had just watched her go into. Or was that me who stomped her foot out of complete frustration? (I can’t remember.) How could one lie so blatantly in the face of evidence clearly stating otherwise? They call it crazy lying and it’s probably the most common behavior SAFE (Step/Adoptive/Foster/Every other nonbiological) parents battle. I’m not sure I know a single SAFE mom who has reported differently. SAFE…

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Would You Like a Refill?

Would You Like a Refill?

  Sometimes when you sip a cup of warmth, the contents can turn a bit tepid. So how about a top-off of this week’s cups? It’s Thursday, the day I re-serve the warmth shared throughout the previous six days of the Write 31 Days challenge. That way if you missed anything, or simply want a refill, the offerings are here for your enjoyment. And for those who drink til the last drop, you’ll find a link to a generous offer…

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