For Ayana

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You can’t read this blog post right now, Ayana, nor can any of your 200+ schoolmates, but I write it for you.  For Ayana, “Beautiful Flower.” I was supposed to be on a blogging break, but the searing reality of your abduction and the fact that you remain missing, three weeks later, will not let me … Read More


No “shade” from the Son

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One of the advantages of observing Lent is the opportunity to strip away what might be hindering our Christian walk and to focus on what really matters:  our relationship with Jesus and the immense sacrifice He made to reconcile us to the Father. Although I love the comforting words of Romans 8, the beauty of Romans … Read More


Waiting

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“All eyes have turned toward You, waiting in expectation; when they are hungry, You feed them right on time.”  Psalm 145:15 Often life feels like we are looking through the window pane . . . waiting, waiting.  It may seem interminable, futile, sometimes punishing.  But it’s in the waiting that we learn what we’re truly made of, and … Read More


Less Christianese, please?

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I learned a language by osmosis.  Never opened a book or took a class!  I speak Christianese.  Do you?  Do you know anyone who does? Well, to be more accurate, I used to speak Christianese.  I still do, to a certain extent, but I see myself as a recovering Christianese speaker.  I’m not in a … Read More


Got Superpowers?

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I’ve been ruminating on the concept of  superpowers for a while now.  I’m not talking about nation states considered to be the mightiest of them all, but the human traits that can produce miraculous changes in people’s lives. This week (it had to be the week when I planned to write on superpowers!!) some bloggers … Read More


Three things I know to be true

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These three things I know to be true.   There are others, but these are the primary ones right now.   I am loved, and I am the giver of love. Even when everything in life seems to be saying the opposite,  you know that you know that you know that your love bucket can … Read More


Persecuted church: Following becomes costly

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With the 2013 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) being observed this coming Sunday, November 10, I’ve been ruminating about when following becomes costly, as in, risking one’s very life for faith in Christ.   Imagine being confined, tortured, left destitute, or murdered simply because of your faith.  This is the daily … Read More


Faith looks up!

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  “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 When I started this piece of cross-stitch, I figured it would be a gift for someone else, not me.  As time went by, the Lord impressed on me that I … Read More


I’m not here for the fear!

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My getaway bag was packed.  After 9/11, I got caught up in the hype about being prepared in case another terrorist act occurred.  Living near the capital of the free world–a most likely spot for terrorists to attack, again–I took the dire warnings to heart.   So I got the recommended duffle bag ready:   … Read More


Honor the Creator

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In The Message Version of the Bible, the verse continues with : “…before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes, before your vision dims and the world blurs.” What a joy to see the world with a child’s eyes and to bring that innocence under the wise care and direction of a loving … Read More