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Numbering My Days

Secret Mentors That Garden Life

I have a growing, lifelong list of secret mentors. So secret, they may be entirely oblivious to the rank they hold in my personal hall of fame for those who have, together, radically shaped my life. Certainly family has shaped me, as a good spouse, parents and family members do…

This Is The Minivan Phase

I drive a minivan. There. I said it. No more skulking around in parking lots to disassociate myself from the vehicle. No more looking away from others at stoplights in case they know me. The one body-style of auto that I pledged I would never drive is mine now…

Follow Jesus’ Example To Avoid Burnout In His Name

For the past decade-plus, I have had a front-row seat to witness how leaders in different ministries can abuse themselves and their families in the name of Jesus. I am talking about leaders in various areas of Christian service and multiple types of organizations who model pace and…

Because Of A Cross Endured And A Tomb Abandoned

Because the Son of God became Son of Man, Because he chose to step outside the heaven that glorified him to the earth that turned away, Because he taught with parables and miracles and then with the ultimate sacrifice, Because of a cross endured and a tomb abandoned… I am…

Parenting Is Beautiful. And Hard. And I Don’t Love Less For Admitting It.

This parenting gig is hard. It’s amazingly beautiful. But it’s mind-numbingly hard at times, too. And I am still not sure how socially acceptable it is to admit that – in my own culture, much less universally. In our Instagram world full of Facebook posts with pictures…

Lies That Almost Left Us Childless

There can be lies – deceptions, falsehoods – that we allow to set up home in our thoughts to the point they masquerade as truth. We grow so used to them, so adjusted to what they mean and so believing of their implications that we unknowingly design our world around…

A Flash of Raspberries

Welcome to an evening on the front line of my life at present. Here is how it all goes down. First, divide and conquer with my hubby to get two little ones to bed, both of them hopefully asleep by 7:30 PM. Then, start the second shift of the…