Christmas, devotions, holidays, Uncategorized

The Mess of the Manger

  Crystal. Olive wood from the holy land. Hand carved Bavarian. Faceless collectible figurines (I always will see if those are of Amish design…prices range from a dollar for an ornament at dollar tree to. Thousands. For a nativity scene. The choices are endless. One for every decor and budget. All carefully crafted to represent one of the most holy events…

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A Mile in Her Shoes, devotions

Ism’s, Schism’s and A Prayer for Fierce Unity and Love.

Ism’s. Racism. Sexism. Ageism. Unfortunately-the list goes on forever. The truth is from ethnicity to religion to hairstyle etc. We isolate from and judge others. As less than.  We use ism’s to differentiate. Some, are not bad, they are simply categories.(Even though in general, I hate categories and labels.) I won’t waste words listing those here. You know them. I’m…

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devotions, Prostate Cancer

The Week That Changes Everything- Again. Or, not. Even Here.

I’m not a fan of storms. I’m terrified of them, actually. They send me into a fury of violent cleaning and running of all household appliances to avoid the crash of thunder and the sight of lightning. (Violent cleaning- one of my healthier coping skills- trust me. We’re talking Cross-Fit type- cleaning.) Yet, I have to admit-a week or so…

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devotions

the touchable bride.

Eyes welling with tears, I could barely read. My voice gained and subsequently: lost control.  I tried to maintain composure. I mostly- lost. Sure-this was partly due to the emotion I felt, at seeing “my girl” (albeit my girl shared most lovingly with her parents) all grown up and getting married. But, there was something else.   As I read the words as a blessing and…

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devotions

so much easier to believe this is true- about you..It’s time I believe it about me.

How am I messed up am I ?  Let me count the ways: I am  insecure.  I am (often) immature.  I am (usually)  impulsive. I am (monthly) moody and hormonal. I sometimes get panicky and paranoid.  I get angry over lame things, I act like a jerk. I yell. I nag.  I do all the things I know not to do. I…

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devotions

Thin Places-

I slammed the book shut. “Stupid..” “Irrelevant.” I mumbled.  Knowing, even as I spoke, that I was lying. I tried to blink the scene away, along with my tears. I couldn’t. The truth is- the scene was more than relevant. It was my reality. I hated it. I was afraid. I was struggling to hold on and let go at…

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devotions

Year of Living Biblically….

I’ve been listening to this, this week.  (gotta love audio books on my i-pod;)  I found it  Entertaining- and surprisingly, challenging.  So far- here are the questions that have risen from it: 1) I wonder if God thinks my attempts at holiness (following the Bible’s teachings) are as silly as Jacob’s often are in his book.  I’m guessing the answer is…

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devotions, motherhood

Just Me and Noah……Welcome to date day!

The sun is shining. There is no rain. There doesn’t seem to be a flood on the horizon and animals are not lining up 2 by 2. (The 2 cats, however, are fighting in the hallway!) But today- it’s all about me and Noah. My Noah. The most incredible 5 year old, that I know. Friday’s are “our days.” I’ve…

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body image, devotions

Body by baked goods…..

Caution visitors- this is a “girlfriend post” be forewarned.Boink. Boink. Boink. I feel a thumping on my hindquarters. Not something that happens every day. “Mommy, your butt is boinky” Came a little voice from the rear. He continues to bounce his head off my back side like a vertical, portable trampoline as I attempt to make dinner. As I cook…

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change, devotions, pain, shoes

MOPS International Convention: A lesson learned between sessions: If The Shoe Fits, Wear it… if not— CHANGE THEM!

Shoes lie. They act all wedgy, heeled and comfy in the store.. then, they sneak up and attack with skin blistering pain in the middle of the airport. I know. I know. It was my own fault. I have traveled enough to know never wear un-tested shoes while traveling. But these looked perfect! They lied. The real problem is- as…

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