Books, friendship, and the shared journey home

The journey home is one best shared with others. We need the help of books and the companionship of friends to keep our heart oriented toward heaven while we walk this broken planet. We need books to show us where we are going. We need God’s Word first, the most important book ever written. We […]

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At the Table: Where Life and Truth Meet

Most of us have asked the question, “What is my purpose?” For me, that question has often taken a paralyzing turn.  I think, “What is MY purpose? What is the one thing I’m supposed to be doing with my life to glorify God…and what if I miss it?” Like most women, I fight feelings of […]

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The God Who Runs

Rebellion. Selfish demands. Surly words. Shameful choices. We’ve all played the rebel, rejecting the rules to get what we want, to experience something new. Regret. I was so stupid. We’ve all suffered the consequences of rebellious choices, finding ourselves in a mess we can’t escape on our own. Rejection. I’m no longer worthy. And sometimes, […]

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some things I’ve learned in 365 days at home

Today marks one year of the homebound leg of my journey. My immune system is still in recovery mode. The rest of me has continued to gain strength. Gratitude remains the primary theme of my days. Here are some things I’ve learned in this hidden time. 1. I’ve learned to focus on the present. And […]

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praying and writing through the Psalms

In this homebound season I have learned many things about myself. One is that my struggle with spiritual disciplines is not, as I once thought, a function of limited time. During my decade of teaching middle school science, I was inconsistent with daily Bible reading and intentional prayer. Having become a teacher without a teaching […]

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homebound

Homebound. The first time I can recall seeing this word in print was in the italicized typewriter script of the Wednesday night prayer bulletins at the church where I grew up. The word homebound was followed by the names of older, mostly female, church members who were too frail to leave their homes to attend […]

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but as for me…

The Bible tells it like it is. In particular, the Psalmists and the prophets unflinchingly record the troubles that afflict all people, even God’s people.  Attacks from enemies, betrayals by friends,  loss of resources, unexpected disease…all are documented in honest detail. Why not just record the blessings, the good stuff?  Because life holds both blessing […]

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peace

We long for peace. We often pursue peace by expending energies on elaborate systems to try to control the chaos that thrives on this broken planet. And yet, we cannot create peace. While we may arrange for a temporary calm in our external environment, we cannot find a lasting inner peace through our own ordering […]

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trust in the storm

Trouble finds us on this broken planet. Storms threaten the lives we build, the people we love. When storms arise, what can we do? In Psalm 28, David shows us the way of trust. Trust requires relationship.  “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock…” The biblical idea of trust is one of attaching oneself, relying […]

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