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Moments with and

Moments with and

The end of a full day leaves her with a  slight headache,  achy body,  full heart, a few regrets, and a few wins --- and there’s still more to do. It’s one of those nights,  when she doesn’t know  whether to keep  pushing through or  call it enough.  A bath sounds...

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She doesn’t mind

She doesn’t mind

She prays, she studies, she writes. She steps into what she is made for. She leads others to pursue the heart of God. There may be some who think she should not speak, that she should go home, but she doesn’t mind. Let them talk. She doesn’t answer to them. She...

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Show and tell

Show and tell

Please unpack your lunch.  Put your shoes away.  I love you.  Please put your clothes in the dirty clothes hamper. Use kind words.  Your family matters most.  Please tie your shoes.  Don’t mess with your sister! Leave your brother alone! Jesus loves you more than I...

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In the wrong

In the wrong

The greatest gift we can give someone is inviting them to be fully themselves with us and then cheering them on as they pursue all they are meant for. We don’t all receive this gift.  And this is why: We withhold permission from  others to step  into all that they are...

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Don’t forget to breathe

Don’t forget to breathe

When it seems like  joy is hiding, When it seems laughter is  A risk you can’t afford. When you question whether you can  smile without lying, don’t forget to breathe.  In And  Out.  Just be. It is okay to be angry.  In fact, you should be mad. Just don’t sit in it,...

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Truth is louder

Truth is louder

Doubt won’t let me be great.  I have ideas but doubt says they’re dumb.  Too often the ideas  stay nebulous  and never become  living, breathing entities. You can blame doubt for that.  I walk into a room  full of peers and  question whether I belong, wonder if...

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It’s not mine to hold

It’s not mine to hold

Seda, our dog,  has a favorite branch that is 4 times her length.  She attacks it and fights with it.  She drags it around  the yard in circles because that’s really all one can accomplish with such an wieldy foe.  She growls and  wages war against  the stick that...

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Stuck on a tightrope

Stuck on a tightrope

I’ve stranded myself in the middle of a tightrope. Maybe that is where  you are now… worn out from  maintaining the status quo, but you are frozen in place. Every muscle works  at maximum capacity to keep you safe, steady, and stuck. I’ve been there - working hard and...

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Where we come from

Where we come from

When I am driving  a long distance at a solid 73 miles an hour I often wonder where the  cars I am traveling  beside are headed. Where are they going? The car with the license plate from Maine -   are they headed home or are they  just arriving to their destination? I...

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In the pocket

In the pocket

There’s a pair of denim shorts in my dresser right now with a folded up ten-dollar bill  in the front, left pocket. It’s always in there.  I reach into my pocket often when I am wearing the shorts to make sure it is still there.  Its lived in this pocket for a long...

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