Tag Archive: forgiveness

Jul 14

Broken Stuff

The past few weeks I’ve been pretty focused on stuff . . . . too much stuff, old stuff, worthless stuff, in-the-way stuff, and piles of who-knows-what-it-is stuff. Dresser drawers, closets, cupboards, baskets, buckets, and tote bags overflowing with stuff. That’s what happens when a mama isn’t looking and the kids are supposed to be …

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Jul 01

Waiting for Grace

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 Once upon a time, I was waiting to welcome Grace. And grace. Either way, in my life, Grace has been a gift of God’s grace and her presence always reminds me that even …

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Jun 24

Lesson learned from a cottonwood tree

They really seem quite harmless. Most of the time. During the summer the strong, sturdy trunk of the cottonwood tree out our back door stands majestically on the edge of the woods. Because it is so big, we’ve had moments when the wind comes whipping across the lake and we wondered if it might topple …

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Oct 16

In Other Words: “Mama, what should I do if . . . . “


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7 In ‘Other’ Words, in the end we may not like what we reaped but it’s what we sowed. We need to start out right, picking the correct seeds. One of the most difficult things I …

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Jun 12

In Other Words: Missing Something?


“People go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compasses of the ocean . . . . and they pass by themselves without even imagining.” St. Augustine of Hippo Maybe it happens when we get older . …

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Feb 17

Some things we just can’t talk about . . . .

Broken Heart

. . . . but they still happen, whether we want them to, or not. And they still break our hearts, wound our spirits, and shatter our dreams. So why can’t we talk about them? Because for some reason, we often think that if we ignore certain events or situations, somehow they will disappear . …

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Dec 25

The Very Best Christmas Gift of All

Luke 15: 11 – 24 (NIV): Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant …

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Dec 06

When God is at home in my heart . . .


“ We can thrive — and even offer life-giving rest to others — because God is at home in us.” Bonnie Gray Faith Barista Blog The very thought that “God is at home in us” carries such powerful implications for our lives, wherever we might be at this moment. Not only can we then “thrive” …

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Oct 13

Thursday Favorite Things: Home and Family


One of the memories that seems to stick in my brain over the years has been the way that everyone’s home has its own, unique “feel.” My first real memory of that is from many years ago when our oldest daughter was born and my mother-in-law came to stay with us for a few days. …

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Oct 11

In Other Words: The Ethics of Jesus


 “ The ethics of Jesus cannot be obeyed or even understood until the life of God has come to the heart of a man or woman in the miracle of the new birth. The righteousness of the law is fulfilled in those who walk in the Spirit. Christ lives again in His redeemed followers the …

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Aug 09

In Other Words: What is that “Thing” you are carrying around?

  We all have days of contemplation; days when we ponder “life” in terms of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. I used to think that “Everyone Else” had all of that figured out. I mean, don’t you sometimes just assume that “Everyone Else” has a life that is free from …

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