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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Muffin Grace

Yesterday morning, I had a really hard time getting out of bed. I just felt exhausted. I’m not sure why. I went to bed at a decent hour. I slept well. I had no physical complaints, but I was so very tired. Our awesome nurse is back at work and I again, look forward to … Continue reading »

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River Rock Wisdom

On a recent hike in the mountains, my son discovered a pile of river rocks stacked up on a boulder. It was very unexpected, in the midst of all of the wilderness and nature at its best. But, there it was. Clearly, man and nature had intersected. I love rocks. I love that they often … Continue reading »

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Pencil Grace

One of the first things I was given when I joined the church choir, besides a choir book, was a pencil. I couldn’t imagine what in the world I would need with a pencil in the choir. We are singers, not writers Turns out, we are note takers. Music is like a foreign language to … Continue reading »

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The Calming of Creation

On Saturday morning, as I sipped my coffee on my porch, I basked in the cool morning air. I knew it was supposed to be in the 90’s again, but at that moment, it was pure bliss. An idea was forming in my head as my family all came and joined me. I wanted to … Continue reading »

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Processing Change

A couple of Sundays ago, I learned that the women in our church choir were going to sing, “I’ll Fly Away.” I was ecstatic. I have always loved that song. I sang it in church as a kid. But, as we began to sing, I learned that the sopranos were going to sing it completely … Continue reading »

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The Path to Character and Hope

Last Sunday, my pastor told the story of an elementary school project that he put off until the last minute. When he turned in a thrown together mess, the teacher simply shook her head and allowed him to re-do it over his Christmas break. At the time, he didn’t see that she was in any … Continue reading »

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Just Bring Yourself

My pastor’s wife, who is also a dear friend, invited my family over for Sunday dinner last week. When she texted me on Saturday to ask me if we were still coming, I told her yes and asked her what we could bring. Her answer was, “just yourselves.” I’ll have to admit, being a lifelong … Continue reading »

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A Different Kind of Peace

Every Sunday, a member of our congregation has a reading from the Bible. Sometimes it’s from the Old Testament and sometimes it’s from the New Testament. Last week, it was from 1 Timothy. There was a newborn baby inĀ attendance, just a couple of months old. He had been lying quietly in his carrier the entire … Continue reading »

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Following the Pilot Car

We have a ton of road construction going on in our little town at the moment. Most folks who live here are discovering all types of routes to avoid it at all costs. We despise road construction of all types, don’t we? We will really enjoy traveling on the shiny new four lane roadway, but … Continue reading »

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Backseat Freedom

I am currently in another season of teaching a teenager to drive. A couple of years back, I lived through a similar season with my daughter. This time, it’s with my son. The sheer experience from the first time around has taught me that I will in fact, (most likely), survive this go round. But, … Continue reading »

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