The Cleanup Team

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Here’s a confession for you: In my earlier years, I totally made fun of anyone that remotely looked like a “tree hugger”.  Sure, I’d recycle and clean up after myself; that’s how I was taught. However, I didn’t understand the time and energy that people would put into “saving the earth” protest or boycotting certain companies and products.  (I still don’t get the whole chaining-yourself-to-a-tree-to-save-it philosophy, but that’s another post for another day.) Fast forward many, many years and I do believe I’m starting to learn more than I ever did about our world and our place in it. Recently, our family has teamed up with our … [Read more...]

Speaking the Truth

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“Some people make cutting remarks, But the words of the wise bring healing.” Proverbs 12:18 Words are powerful. We can use our words to encourage a friend or to speak truth into someone's life. As Christians we like to remind each other that we need to, “Speak the truth”. Some times the rest of that verse is included and other times it isn't. “Speak the truth in LOVE” “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” Ephesians 4:15 But what exactly does that mean for our everyday lives? What does it look like to speak the truth so that we are … [Read more...]

Lessons I’ve Learned from Mothering

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All my life, I pictured myself becoming a mother someday. I would play house and pretend to be a mother to my little girl who was my large walking doll, which was about the size of a 2-year-old and was given to me by my grandmother. I had great grandmothers. They were loving and caring. They paid attention to my interests and encouraged me to become the best woman could become. I didn’t know it at the time, but through them, I was learning how to be a mother. My own mother was difficult. Although I did learn some wonderful things from her, I think the most important things I learned from her were what I didn’t want to be as a mother.  This … [Read more...]

One Job to Do

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The kids and I are currently reading the book of Joshua.   It should not surprise anyone that there are entire management books based upon the leadership of Joshua.  Yet, his actual story, inclusive of his role as a leader, is worth a closer look as we seek to glean from this rich Word. We meet Joshua as a young man who has already set himself apart from his peers.   The kids might say that Joshua had “blown up,” so to speak (meaning that his reputation had increased exponentially, for the hip-impaired).   Consider the following: He stood out from among all the tribe of Ephraim as someone special. (Numbers 13) He was given a very … [Read more...]

Dairy-Free Tiramisu

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It is an established fact that I adore coffee.  I’m aware that there are non coffee drinkers out there, but I must confess that I do not understand such individuals. Coffee is delicious! Coffee is wonderful! What would I do without coffee? Not only do I think coffee is a fabulous culinary delight, but my children do, too.  Now, before you inundate me with comments about caffeine and children, please let me explain.  Yes, they’ve been coffee drinkers for many years.  But, it was a rare treat and it was only decaf up till their teen years. (Why caffeine at teen years?  Have you tried waking a teen?  Trust me, it’s a needed incentive … [Read more...]

Dancing for the Lord

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I joined a zumba class last summer. I love to exercise but there is something about dancing that makes it so much fun and less like exercise. I imagine that I am in a dance troupe with fantastic choreography. In reality, I would never even make the first cut but my imagination doesn’t betray me. So, zumba offered me a chance to get my boogie on. The big surprise is that I also got more out of it than a somewhat toned body. The women who participate in this particular zumba class are filled with joy and a great love for Jesus. They care for and encourage each other. It doesn’t matter to them whether or not you are young or old, thin or … [Read more...]

Experiencing Spiritual Growth

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Change is good, but change is hard. Conflict is good because it brings about change; but conflict is also hard. Most of the time we avoid it at all costs. However, there are times when conflict seeks us out and seems to follow us around. This is where I’ve found myself over the past few weeks. – in a very uncomfortable and unpleasant conflict. Surprisingly though, I’ve also found myself responding very differently than I would have in years past. I’m changing! Paul tells us in Romans 5 that: “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope…” It has occurred to me over these past several weeks of … [Read more...]