my window prayer for belonging

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“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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an advent prayer for the weary parent’s heart

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Morgan and I always seem to have these deep parenting talks in the dark of bedtime, when the day is over and dishes are done and we can rest at last. The conversation always begins the same way:“I’m not sure the kids are doing so great right now…”The sun has gone to bed, but my heart can’t rest after the long day of raising big kids. This weariness is different than the exhaustion of tending to…

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my election night prayer

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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

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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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on finding our purpose in a broken world

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“When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who…

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a map of Christmas

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Star light, star bright; First star, I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might; Have the wish, I wish tonight.  So many times as I grew up, I looked up at the first glimmer in the night sky and said that old poem. I wished for ponies, for dolls, for friends, for faster legs, for a better complexion, for cooler jeans, for more talent and more ability and less awkwardness. I wished for all kinds of…

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one at a time

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I walked into the laundry room to switch the load from the washer to the dryer and instead I put my head down on the top of the washer and just breathed deeply for a few minutes. In deep places I am hiding. I am hiding from the weight of my responsibilities, from caring for my family, from writing this blog, from our role in the church. All day long I email and cook, smile…

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peaceful wishes for the weekend

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13 broken pots and backward prayers It’s the first Friday of 2013! Whatever chaos you may face, however complicated your weekend may be, no matter what storm may be forming in your world, may your weekend be full of God’s presence and His…

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the lesson of the prayer board

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For a few weeks I have had a thought rolling around in my head. I wanted a chalkboard in the living room for documenting our prayer needs. A place to remind our family that we are believing for great things from a great God. Then my neighbor randomly told me she had a chalkboard for me, and I got really excited. I braced myself for a small hand held board, but hoped it would be…

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 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30) Thursdays are my crazy days. The boys have loads of schoolwork, the Lady has ballet, Boy 1 has baseball practice, I have to prep for…

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