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Finding a Hand Hold

My son is a rock climber, with an affinity for bouldering. He goes to his climbing gym and does problems, which means he swings his body from the floor up a low wall, using various ‘holds’, which, to the uninitiated, look like different kinds of drawer pulls fastened in random spots on the wall. I […]

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How big is your dream?

I don’t know about you, but the end of the year is when I’m primed for planning. I want to lay out my goals and hopes for the coming year, and I get excited about things like calendars and journals. This year, my planning passion is in overdrive, because I am feeling a particularly intense […]

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Where is your faith?

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I want to be clear from the start about two things: one, this is not a post about money. There are mentions of money, but I promise, I’m not talking about how God is using money or lack thereof to mold […]

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Opening My Eyes

Every morning (or just about every morning), my husband and I read the Bible together, following the daily lectionary as laid out in the Book of Common Prayer (Episcopal Church). I think it’s helpful to have a Bible reading plan; I don’t necessarily think it matters what that is, whether it’s from this lectionary, another […]

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He calls you by your name

Now this is what the LORD says—He who created you,O Jacob, and He who formed you,O Israel:“Do not fear, forI have redeemed you;I have called you by your name; you are Mine! Isaiah 43:1 I am firm believer that nothing in life is a coincidence. I am positive that everything happens for a reason, and that […]

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The Master Planner

You know, we humans are a funny bunch, aren’t we? Think for a moment, if you will, about the things that we as believers trust to God. We trust Him with our families. We trust Him with our daily safety and well-being. We trust Him with the salvation of our very souls. And yet . […]

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Yes, I deserve this.

This morning, as I was scrolling through social media, I came upon this article written by Maria Shriver. It was about deserving and how we react to that word, to that idea. And it hit upon a sensitive part of me, something I’ve struggled with for decades now. Maria talks about being raised in a […]

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Building Memorials

Some years ago, my husband and I were part of a group that met every other week to support each other in our spiritual walks, to study the Bible and to discuss religion, beliefs and our struggles. We were a covenant group, and much of where our ministry is today grew out of those years […]

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Only when necessary

This weekend, we had a garage sale to help raise money for our ministry, The Community Chaplain. Wonderful friends and ministry partners had donated furniture, clothes, books and other goodies for us to sell, and with help from my husband and our daughter, I set up everything and settled down to make sales. It wasn’t […]

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Fix My Eyes

The other day, my husband and I were talking, as we often do, about this incredible, terrifying yet ultimately blessing-filled journey God has set us upon. I said to him, “You do know that what we are doing right now is about the most outrageous, shocking thing left in the world, right?” It’s true. In […]