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Playing with Playdough and Capturing Hearts

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Playing with Playdough and Capturing Hearts

The tears kept coming, I couldn’t help it. I was posted at the back of our church, ready to dim the lights when the video played, but also watching for stray little ones that could come in late and might need to be led to the platform. It was our closing program for VBS and my heart was full. As I watched the little ones sing, jump, shout, and praise the Lord, my heart felt it would burst with love and longing. I long for these little ones to follow Christ and live passionately for Him. I long for them to be truth speakers in their generation! As they sang, I prayed. “Father, capture their hearts for Your glory!”

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Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Most of us deal with a certain level of pain, but few of us live in the kind of tenacious pain that lingers and just doesn’t let up. For years, like clockwork, I lived with regular migraines that could put me to bed. I’d battle it for days, but eventually the migraine would win and knock me out of commission for a day before releasing its grip. But I have a few friends that live with unending pain, chronic pain that seems to have no end. If you are one of those, my heart goes out to you, and I’m posting these suggestions prayerfully, not as an expert, but as one who cares for you and is so sorry for your suffering.

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The Ministry of Chronic Pain

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

The Ministry of Chronic Pain

“I don’t know if I can take this pain for two more years . . .” desperation and bone-dead weariness surrounded my friend’s confession. Some of you may have met my travel buddy, Jeanne. If I’ve spoken at your church or a conference you’ve attended, most likely you’ve seen her close by my side. She’s served as pretty much my “right arm” for almost twenty years. And now her right arm lies almost dormant.

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I’ve Missed You!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog | 8 comments

I’ve Missed You!

Seems like forever since I’ve posted. You might think I’ve been busy working on my de-clutter project, but no, shortly after that post, things began to hit one right after another. The de-clutter project was in full swing when I had to put on hold (But I will get back to it, I’m determined this time!). It’s been a long month of surgeries, doctor’s visits, hospital vigils and tests. We’ve had family emergencies, ministry emergencies, and the regular stuff that probably all of you deal with.

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When Affliction’s Hammer Hits Close to Home

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

When Affliction’s Hammer Hits Close to Home

“Your wrist looks like someone took a hammer and just smashed it.” The Orthopedic Surgeon delivered her blow in gentle tones, but it was still a blow. My travel buddy, my friend of twenty-plus years, is going to be sidelined for a bit. This tough woman, who recently survived a treacherous tumble down a steep incline while hiking the Swiss Alps, was now depending on me to navigate her wheel chair from the doctor’s office to the parking lot (the high dose of pain meds makes her a bit wobbly). The blows that hit unexpectedly serve to remind us of our frailty.

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How’s Your Home Life?

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

How’s Your Home Life?

Do you like learning new words? Let me throw one out you may not hear too often—Domesticity. A general definition of domesticity is “a devotion to home life.” Perhaps “domesticity” sounds to you like a dreary home economics term from the ‘50s. Sorry, that perspective is entirely too narrow. Domesticity includes activities like:

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Needing Truckloads of God’s Grace

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Needing Truckloads of God’s Grace

Last week I couldn’t help but shake my head and smile at the response to the blog post about needing to tackle the mess of my “home sweet home.” I was glad to see that a lot of you could relate to the “messy house dilemma.” You left some great comments, and Kathryn shared some thoughts that spurred this post. I’m quoting from her comment left on the post: “My Home-Sweet-Home is Out of Control.”

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My Home-Sweet-Home is Out of Control!

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Blog | 8 comments

My Home-Sweet-Home is Out of Control!

It started in the fall of 2011 (Yes, I know that was almost six years ago!) when I was overwhelmed by writing Fierce Women. I started letting things go . . . small stuff at first. I left stacks of books (that I was using for quotes or as reference material) lined along my study wall, thinking I might need to refer to them again, but I failed to put them all away. It seemed like a small thing at the time, “I’m the only one who spends any time in my study, and I’ll get to that project later” is how I justified the mess.

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Let Summer Be Your Growing Season!

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Blog | 6 comments

Let Summer Be Your Growing Season!

Do you have plans to join a Bible Study group this summer? I’m grateful to be involved with Bible Study Fellowship during the fall, winter, and spring, but spiritual growth doesn’t need to take a break through the summer, in fact, the summer can be a time when your time in the Word can thrive! This summer, I’m leading a group at our church through Titus chapter 2, using Nancy Wolgemuth’s book: Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Why did I choose this for our summer study? Because . . .

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Capturing Dreams in a Blog Post

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Capturing Dreams in a Blog Post

How do you summarize a dream trip? I can’t possibly compress all of the sweet moments, the laughter, the incredible views, and the deep fellowship from our #europeaninvasion22fifty trip. I’ve scanned the pics so many times, hoping to come up with a few that will paint a picture for you, but it’s so hard to choose!

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