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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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god’s dream for us is revolution

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“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.” -Langston Hughes   Some things have changed a lot since Langston Hughes wrote those words, but we are still awaiting the deep work of revolution to take its place in our world and in our lives. We need some miracles. Christianity, at its roots, offers us the opportunity to live beyond the comfortable and the usual in our…

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the bittersweet road home

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, failure, God, home, spiritual disciplines, Suffering | No Comments

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” -John 4:31-34 I sat in the car watching the scenery of the southwest speed by…

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waiting, salvation, and the beauty of blooming late in life

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On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the…

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why you need to be loved more than you deserve

By | aging, article, change, choosing, friendship, lessons in life | One Comment

Everyone is a big liar about turning forty. It isn’t the new thirty, or even the new thirty-five. It is forty, and it may take me a while to get used to it. I haven’t been able to explain why this particular birthday has been so hard to process. After all, I love my life. I’m more fully myself at 40 than I was at 30. I am in a deliciously happy marriage. I have…

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old enough

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I promise it’s true: the older we get, the younger we feel. Which is ridiculous, because we remember middle school like it was yesterday, when we thought thirty was old, forty was ancient, fifty was incomprehensible, and sixty year-olds probably need to just take a nap all the time. Our plan was to be forever young. Growing old seemed about as likely as being abducted by aliens or mastering the moonwalk back then. And yet, time itself just kept ticking…

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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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even caged birds can count their blessings

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“I see at intervals the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close set bars of a cage: a vivid, restless, resolute captive is there; were it but free, it would soar cloud-high.” – Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.”-Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings For many years,…

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ditch dweller

By | a year on the front row, article, choosing, lessons in life, problems, trust | No Comments

“So are we taking the ditch?” Mr. Fantastic asked me as we zipped up sweatshirts and headed out for a run. “I don’t know. I kind of thought we’d drive to the jogging trail,” was my first reply. But then I said, “Sure, why not. If we die in a freakish flash flood, the kids can read my blog to know how much I loved them.” I was kidding- kind of. The ditch isn’t likely…

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when God places mountains before us

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At some ragged point in time, in the midst of toddlers and drama, these words once flowed out of my mouth and into the fabric of our family, “It isn’t hard to obey, it’s just hard to choose to obey.” I have said them again many, many time. And their truth always shines a light on my own soul whenever I say them. Because washing your hands after playing in the dirt isn’t hard, but…

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