From the category archives:

Everyday Fruit

A Little More than Today


Father, With a whole new year ahead, 365 days can feel like a little too much. So I start with paper.  And I make a list, a list of all I wish I had done this past year.  All the goals from last year that I didn’t hit. And though 365 days can feel like […]

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Our Father


Dear Father How often I forget what it means to call you by that name.  You are a king.  You are the wisest of counselors.  You are the mightiest warrior.  You are the most creative artist.  You are the wealthiest being. And your Son, Jesus, is the only one worthy to call you his Father, […]

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Book People


I recently heard someone I otherwise respected note that it was  just not a big deal anymore for her to read Scripture every day.  She spoke of it like it was something she’d outgrown- like a two year old with baby food or a ten year old with Tinker Toys. “Quiet times were good for […]

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Lord, It was good to read it again, that some of your first words were ‘Light!’ Not so for the rest of us down here.  Our first words are more like screams or whines, loud cries.  And when we can finally form our mouths just right, all we can do is call, ‘Momma’ or ‘Dadda’ […]

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How Things Can Be Looking Up in the New Year


Lord, It’s only Your grace that could turn the Earth on its own axis and pull the moon in tight.  What hand but Yours could tip us closer and further from the sun and not tip us right over?   It’s only mercy that keeps us all, fallen sinners here, standing upright on a spinning […]

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Worse First


Ever since we first saw this house from the street, we knew we’d want to cut down those bushes.  But it would be September before we’d get out front and actually put a blade to the stubborn stalks.  Jason and our boy, now big enough to hold the cutters, and I, we all get on […]

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Freedom from Babble, Why We all Can Be Prayer-Full


In this age of information and endless access to word after word after word…I am always startled at Jesus’ economy of words, the way He spoke so few and yet meant so much, the way His five word answers left everyone else speechless.   And in my own days of feeling like all I do […]

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A Small Thing: Play


We sat and talked about how her babies were no longer and she wondered how many years she really had still had with them, how much time was left.  Her oldest was already a teenager and she said it with tears brimming, ‘I hope I haven’t lost him.’ She told me how she used to […]

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Because Baby Steps are No Small Thing


‘Why don’t we say she’s so many months now?  Why did Elaine skip being twelve months?’ I tell my big girl that the days and the months add up and twelve whole months make one year. Is she really already one whole year? We put one candle in a cupcake and the little one’s in […]

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Why It’s Okay to be a Small Thing


They signed their name and it was theirs, the first house they could call ‘home’, the one with the huge tree in front. Less than one week passed before they knew they’d need someone to come see about that towering hardwood. The tree expert showed up with all his equipment and gave them the bad […]

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