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how to really succeed in life

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Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back…

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on planning fortieth birthdays because we are so old

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“George Macdonald said, ‘If you knew what God knows about death you would clap your listless hands’, but instead I find old people in North America just buying this whole youth obsession. I think growing older is a wonderful privilege. I want to learn to glorify God in every stage of my life.”  -Elisabeth Elliot “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in…

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the one thing everyone should know about us

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“We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.“ -Hebrews 3:14 Last week my children and I sat in early morning light, reading. I looked around and asked them a simple question.“What is the one thing you want everyone- friends, family, acquaintances- to know about you?”I really expected some funny answers about being “epic and awesome”, liking sports, or being smart. But my six year-old…

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joy for when your wretched flesh grocery shops for a passover lamb

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Last night I flitted about in the grocery store, buying supplies to make our Seder dinner. I searched out bitter herbs, unleavened bread, an egg, some sweet apples and raisins, and grape juice. I stood at the meat counter and requested a lamb shank bone. “No bones, but I can sell you the whole shank,” the man informed me. “Great. I’ll take it,” I casually replied. He wrapped up the meat, printed out the price, and…

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this is the week of all happy things

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It’s Tuesday and this is the Week of All Happy Things in our house. Boy 2’s birthday rolls into my birthday which rolls into our wedding anniversary and every year I quiet myself to try to soak in all the love. My whole heart cannot believe I will be thirty-nine this year. All I can say to all the twenty-five year-olds out there is this: I AM STILL YOUR PEOPLE. {Except that the various tubes…

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celebrating passover and remembering true joy

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Last night I flitted about in the grocery store, buying supplies to make our Seder dinner. I searched out bitter herbs, unleavened bread, an egg, some sweet apples and raisins, and grape juice. I stood at the meat counter and requested a lamb shank bone. “No bones, but I can sell you the whole shank,” the man informed me. “Great. I’ll take it,” I casually replied. He wrapped up the meat, printed out the price,…

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happy birthday to the neverland boy

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Today is Boy 2’s birthday, which means many wonderful things for him and for me. Because birthdays are for mamas in a secret way. Like little treasures we squirrel away for the long winters of life, these happy days are our hidden stash of joy. This birthday boy is a child of my soul. Behind his big blue eyes is a mind as deep as the ocean, and there are a precious, trusted few that…

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the last day of summer

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This is the last day. This is the last day of sleeping in, of lazy coffee mornings on the sofa, and of mid-morning workouts. This is the last day of optional reading only and the last day that I will be only “mom” and not “mom/teacher” for a few months. What do you do with the last day of summer break?Do you squeeze every bit of freedom and joy from it, go a million places,…

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the joy of happy children

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There are some great benefits to raising a small herd of children close in age. Children in big families learn to share out of necessity, if your family moves their best friends move with them, there is rarely a lonely (or quiet) moment in the house, and the children don’t really know what it is to have the world revolve singularly around them much at all. But the downside can be that children in a…

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when your cake breaks, light the candles anyways

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Sunday after church I decided to make a batch of cookies. I got the butter whipping and opened the pantry for the brown sugar. There was none. So I tried to think of what else I could make with a cup of whipped butter. Chocolate cake! My plan in place, I grabbed a new recipe (why, oh, why did I grab a NEW recipe??), mixed it up, and slid two lovely pans into the oven….

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