The Gift of Presence

Ann Voskamp once shared on her blog about what it means to minister to those who have suffered so deeply, that is seems like there is nothing you could possibly say or do. She spoke about listening to the stories—about making eye contact—and then she used the phrase that has become a part of my […]

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Spring is coming

It’s been seven weeks since Ellie’s last flare up, and while part of me is still waiting for the other shoe to drop, the other part of me is daring to hope that this may be the spring that we have been waiting for.

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Our Story

Then the voice—so familiar and yet so startling: “Are you ready to tell Our Story?”

It caught me like a lover’s indiscreet kiss. It sent shivers down my spine. I’m not sure if I was even ready then—but I am now Jesus.

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Better Gifts

“Do you want me to be happy?” She demanded. We were out on a girls shopping run, and I had allowed my daughter to pick a couple things from the dollar section; a unicorn page with heart gel stickers, and a stack of unicorn note cards. But it wasn’t enough. Each and every thing she […]

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When all is unknown, and nothing feels comforting

It feels like a full fledged onslaught. The battle for my mind is raging every moment that I am present to my actual feelings and thoughts; and if I’m not present, then I’m just plain numb. We heard these words of doubt last week: “I’m stumped.” From a doctor, especially your child’s doctor, those are […]

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What could ruin the coming of Christ

There is so much to anticipate about Christmas. The time with family and friends. The presents under the tree. The vacation days. The special feasts that invite us to remember the incarnation with songs sung by candlelight.  But with every anticipated event comes a certain amount of anxiety; for all of us. To get the […]

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Advent: the waiting

Anticipation is half the joy. At least, when you know the thing that is coming is really really good.  It was a week before Christmas last year that I learned I was expecting our third child. This child was something we had been hoping for and anticipating; even as the thought of going through all it […]

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Last Night We Rested

It’s Sunday morning, and the sun is streaming like gold to color the bookshelf, the wall, the baby swing, in the most heavenly of light.  This weekend was crazy for us, as I’m sure it was for many of you if you live in the United States. Giving Thanks with friends and family always takes […]

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