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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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my election night prayer

By | a year on the front row, gospel, grace, prayer, problems | No Comments

It’s election night and even though it feels like life as we know it is about to end no matter which candidate wins, I keep telling myself that it’s going to be okay. It just may not feel like it’s okay tomorrow. But, eventually we’ll get there. Until then, though, I am leaning HARD into all my favorite things (chocolate, gummy bears, bubble baths, and a good books) and painting Christmas ornaments to sell in…

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when we watch and pray

By | devotional, grace, Joy, lessons in life, love, prayer, Suffering | One Comment

Then [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me…

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how god mingles his holiness with our humanity

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First today, I have some quotes that make me want to jump up right there where you are and make a run for Jesus all around the room: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” —Augustine, Confessions “If God has given graces to some good women, revealing to them something holy and good through His Holy Scriptures, should they, for the sake of the defamers of…

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the hidden gift in motherhood

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We have been at the pool almost every night for the past few days. Post-dinner swimming is my favorite part of summer living in Texas, where even after the Sun has set, the air hangs all hot on your neck like a wool sweater. The boys hit each other with pool noodles in some kind of destructive boy ritual, my daughter calls out for me to watch her do tricks and flips underwater, and I…

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On Being Imaginary Awesome

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{Hi everyone! Our family is still on vacation in East Texas, but today I’m guest posting over on Amber Salhus’s blog today. Here’s the beginning of the post,you can just click on over to read the rest of the post…} When I was six years old, my friend Dayna and I liked to play hospital. One of us was the pregnant woman, the other was the nurse/Doctor/entire hospital staff. I had seen an episode of…

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shalom: for these days when nothing is as it ought to be

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I’m starting to feel like the world is one giant swirling gust of wind. Swoosh… there are ants in my kitchen and I can’t seem to get rid of them. The bug guy says they live in the walls. SUPER! Swoosh… my left eyelid is starting to wrinkle at an unprecedented rate, like it’s in a race to look eighty-five before I hit fifty. It’s so ahead of its time. I think I may name…

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on avoiding my fortieth birthday

By | a year on the front row, aging, article, dreams, fear, grace, lessons in life | No Comments

I have been so brave about turning forty until this week- when I will actually  have to turn forty. Such an unfortunate turn of cowardice on my part. For three years now, the big 4-0 has looked like an oasis in the distance, a shining brass trophy awaiting my grand victory, and a bandaid long in need of being ripped off. I have felt forty since I turned thirty-seven, But feeling forty and actually turning…

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12 years later I’m still cluelessly mothering by faith

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The year I turned twelve, I got a snazzy new purple and neon yellow track suit from Big 5 Sporting Goods in Yorba Linda, California. I knew nothing about anything back then, but I thought I knew everything about all the things that mattered. Youthful ignorance is bliss. That was about five minutes ago, I think. Or maybe it’s been a million years. I don’t know for sure. Time is too hard to understand. I…

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a gospel for friday: the gift of one less worry in the bunch

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I, myself, am very slow to learn some lessons. The most recent example of being liberated from my own dullness is this: my daughter has strep throat this week, and when I picked up her medicine, I brilliantly asked the pharmacist for an extra measuring syringe. It has taken me eleven years of caring for sick children and dozens of trips to the pharmacy to land on this genius request. How many times have I scrounged the…

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