Why this Writer is taking a Sabbatical

Dear Reader, So it’s been a month since I’ve posted anything, and this lapse in time is probably the largest since I’ve dedicated to writing more faithfully here on the blog since last September. It feels a little scary to share this with you, but here goes. I haven’t been in a good place in […]

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For when you fear you’ve stopped hoping…

Sometimes God meets us in strange places. Maybe not strange, but not definitively holy places. At least, not in the obvious kind of way. Three weeks ago Friday He met me in my car. I was driving the long stretch of I25 after having dropped off the kids with my parents for the weekend. I […]

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What Do Our Children Expect From Our 936 Weeks Together?

Dear Reader, it is my great privilege and pleasure today to introduce you to a sweet friend of mine, Eryn Lynum. Just yesterday she released her first book into the world, 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting, and let me tell you, it’s going to rock your world! Eryn was given a jar of pennies at […]

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Peace for the Frazzled and the Frenzied

I was all amped up last night. I couldn’t go to sleep because I was thinking about ALL THE THINGS. And somehow at the late hour of 11pm, I felt like it was really time to solve it all. Public school, private school, home school? What to get my Secret Santa? What to tell my […]

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How the Comfort of Christmas is the Cure for All our Sorrow

Dear Reader, Christmas is a time of comfort. Almost anyone will agree with this. When we think about Christmas we think about a warm fire, something hot to drink, reclining in a comfortable chair. We think of listening to pleasant music, exchanging gifts joyfully with loved ones, and bringing to mind all the beautiful times […]

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Thankful for Advent

Dear Reader, I hope you enjoyed eating your Thanksgiving dinner as much as I did! I love Thanksgiving; family and friends gathered around the table for no other purpose than to enjoy each other’s company, and to celebrate the many blessings God has given to us. And as much as everyone gripes about the “no […]

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Our Dwelling Place

“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent… …Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to […]

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Hospitality Jump Start

Dear Reader, Maybe you’ve been reading this blog and this series and have been wondering, “When are all the great hospitality tips going to come in?” Well today is your lucky day. Before we wrap up this series with a more serious post about the root of our longing for home (stay tuned next week), […]

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Hospitality starts at Home

Dear Reader, It is so very easy to make hospitality about us. As a recovering perfectionist/people pleaser, I am especially aware of my proclivity to let hospitality be a vehicle for improving my reputation, even if it’s just my reputation with myself, instead of a self-less act of service towards others. But God is so […]

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