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Enduring Together

When I think of endurance, I don’t think about marathons or Olympic podiums or even the work of childbirth. I think of a woman making meatloaf. Flashy, I know. Every week, an email slips into my inbox. Sometimes once, sometimes twice or three times, with almost the same subject line each time: Meals for the Lee...

Can You Come to Him, Even When It Rains?

We've been fogged in lately. Drizzly days that leave the earth spongy, small pools collecting on the sidewalks and the constant drip, drip, drip of rain splattering the windows. I love to watch the clouds roll through the city from my small terrace perch, to spot the hues of gray swirling and dancing with the...

They Said It Would Get Better

I remember when we first moved back to California, and the nightly nightmares began. He’d scream at the top of his lungs, and I’d jolt awake with my heart racing; anger, frustration, concern beating fast within my chest. I’d rush into his room stressed, wanting to comfort but also curse him back to sleep. My...

Blessing of Hospitality

Every night upon putting my girls to bed, I pray the same blessing over them. It is my way of extending God's hospitable blessing he's given me towards them.  May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you.  And be gracious to you. May the Lord lift...

On Obedience, Goodbyes And Walking In Faith

Throughout all of their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day that it was taken up (Exodus 40:36-37). I think it’s fair to say that hearing from God is not often easy. Not because God isn't speaking, but because His voice is...

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Hospitality with Small Kids Is Worth It

Hospitality was so serious to my husband and I, it was part of our wedding vows. I commit my heart and my life to welcoming people into our home. Our small apartment in Geneva, Switzerland was home to many gatherings in those first years of newlywed life. There was no dishwasher in the kitchen, and we had a small, four-burner stove and oven with a broken thermometer. But those things...

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Wait With Me

“One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.” Oswald Chambers I sift through the most difficult times of my life, draw circles around painful periods, connect the dots between each hard part, every challenging chapter. As I take inventory of my almost sixty years, I find that in some way every important page holds a story of waiting. Often my waiting felt like wading...

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Enduring Together

When I think of endurance, I don’t think about marathons or Olympic podiums or even the work of childbirth. I think of a woman making meatloaf. Flashy, I know. Every week, an email slips into my inbox. Sometimes once, sometimes twice or three times, with almost the same subject line each time: Meals for the Lee Family. Meals for the Cooper Family. Meals for the Cruz family. I have 6,055 unread...

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Can You Come to Him, Even When It Rains?

We've been fogged in lately. Drizzly days that leave the earth spongy, small pools collecting on the sidewalks and the constant drip, drip, drip of rain splattering the windows. I love to watch the clouds roll through the city from my small terrace perch, to spot the hues of gray swirling and dancing with the far off blue. Rainy days seem to bring the paradox of beauty and pain to...

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They Said It Would Get Better

I remember when we first moved back to California, and the nightly nightmares began. He’d scream at the top of his lungs, and I’d jolt awake with my heart racing; anger, frustration, concern beating fast within my chest. I’d rush into his room stressed, wanting to comfort but also curse him back to sleep. My motherly nurture wrestled with my human need for rest. What had happened to the days...

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Blessing of Hospitality

Every night upon putting my girls to bed, I pray the same blessing over them. It is my way of extending God's hospitable blessing he's given me towards them.  May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you.  And be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Both now and forever more.  ...

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What Makes a Life

The alert sounds just as I pull into my parking spot at work. The front passenger tire has low pressure. I hear the hiss of air streaming out of the tire as soon as I get out of the car. Happy Monday. But I've been here before, so I don't panic. I let my lunch date know I'll have to miss her in lieu of getting my tire patched at...

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Lost Your Way? Three Verses to Help You Get Back on Track

Many years ago, I joined a group to help me lose weight. I signed up, got the materials, stayed for the meeting, had the program explained to me and went home. The next morning, I started following the “diet.” Six months later I had reached my “goal weight.” I had succeeded. Today, more than 30 years later, most of that weight is still off. The number on the scale is...

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On Learning to Trust When Vision isn’t Clear

It’s easy to praise when the fruit is visible, when new buds break through hard soil, and affirmation from others comes in like a rushing wave. It’s easy to praise His name when life is steady, our calling is clear, and the direction of where to go is marked. But what happens when it all feels wonky? When our dreams feel foolish and we begin doubting the very place we...

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