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The Break
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I’ve been wondering what I’ll remember about this time when it finally finds itself in the rear view mirror. This question crystallized in my mind as I read a Facebook post from a friend who has been chronicling her family’s social distancing experiences. The post on...

Talking to Children
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Last week, I had the privilege of attending a Zoom gathering with fellow Christian Educators from around the country who are grappling with how to talk about race and racism within a Children’s Ministry context. The gathering was led by an impressive panel of Children’s Ministries...

A Hard Week
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Friends, nothing today feels easy. In fact, many of us, most of us, have never experienced times quite like these. I can’t pretend to have answers when all I have are questions. I can’t offer solace when I’m overwhelmed with pain. I can’t arrogantly amplify my voice when...

A New Phase
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It has been a privilege over the past few weeks to share my love of writing with you through these devotions. Sometimes the inspiration has come easily; my fingers seemed to fly over the keyboard as the ideas moved from my heart to my brain and became words and sentences and paragraphs. But just...

We Are Becoming
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I invite you to take a moment to consider where we are right now. There are the obvious mile markers – we’ve spent 60 or so days in an unprecedented statewide stay-at-home order; the school year is coming to the weirdest end any of us have ever known; daily briefings remind us of the...

What Should I Be Doing?
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From almost the moment we all unwillingly stepped into the unknowns that the COVID-19 pandemic brought into our lives, I have been struggling with the word “should”. Have you ever considered how powerful that word is? It carries the unbearable weight of shame, as in “Should you...

Grow, Like the Roses
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While stuck at home these past few weeks, my husband, Eric, and I have enjoyed watching Schitt’s Creek on Netflix. It follows the (mis)adventures of a wealthy family who has lost almost everything due to the dealings of their shady business manager. The pilot episode opens with their...

Stillwater
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 I’m not sure when Stillwater first came into our lives. You would think the arrival of a larger-than-life panda would have been more memorable. But we were busy back then. Between short naps and long stretches of playtime, PDO and preschool, routines and schedules, it’s no...

Simple Pleasures
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"You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God."   2 Cor 9:11-12   Our family...

This is Love
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If you ever need to hear a voice In the middle of the night When it seems so black outside That you can't remember light Ever shone on you or the ones you love In this or another lifetime And the voice you need to hear Is the true and the trusted kind With a soft, familiar rhythm In these...