From the category archives:

Personal Disciplines

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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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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For the Know-It-All


It was after they brought him before the experts and asked him all those questions, after they approved the final draft of at least twenty, after they put those three letters behind his name-PhD.  It was after all of that that he said it… That the more and more he learned, the more and more […]

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How to Play the Prettiest Song (or Why You Should Turn off the TV)


The book came with a CD and Carolyn’s teacher said to listen to it everyday, to somehow listen for an hour. I scramble eggs to ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ tapped out on the piano keys in a million different rhythms and the kids giggle.  We drive through the neighborhoods and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ accompanies the ride. […]

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The Way to Make Things Turn Around


I could barely hear her on the other line.  There was an ocean between us, after all. But I heard her say it, heard her say that His love had always been bigger. When they’d lowered their two year old boy in the ground and when they’d had to flee to the States for safety […]

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The Christian Woman’s Four Letter Word


I don’t even want to say it. But I find myself apologizing for missing this and overlooking that and not writing as often here and forgetting her and oops, totally neglected that. And the last thing I want to type is this four letter word: B-U-S-Y Oh, I don’t want to be this. Wasn’t it […]

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How to Keep Your Hand Out of the Cookie Jar


I really do try to keep these sweet and soft and oh so tempting treats out of our house.  Really, I do. I mean, we don’t even have a cookie jar. But every now and then, those buttery, chewy goodies find their way into our house. Last week, we piled up two dozen for a […]

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What We’re All Really Waiting For


I’ve had this pain in my side for months now.  And I’ve sat in more than a handful of waiting rooms.  I’ve waited for scans and screenings.  I’ve waited for experts with experience and they’ve all said the same thing: ‘Let’s just wait and see.’ I wish they’d just say it out loud: ‘Only God […]

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If You’re Looking to be More Balanced


When the daffodils bloomed, she blew out five candles and set ladybugs free into the garden.  She said it was time for her to grow up some more, time for her to take off the training wheels. So we did.  I pulled out the wrench and tried my best to loosen those bolts and set […]

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How to Live a Longer Life


My boy sees the younger girls finally happy and distracted and he asks if he can have his turn and sit in my lap while we read.  I make it through a few pages and he slides down, says he’ll just sit next to me.  And he can feel what I know-that his legs are […]

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