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Ugh, Chores!

Chores. The word falls with a clunk from the tongue. It is neither romantic nor poetic. When we describe something as a chore, we say it with deep, heavy sighs and dramatic eye rolling. “Oh, that was such a┬áchore.” The … Continue reading

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Real Simple

Standing in line at the grocery store, I did my best to avert my eyes from pictures of scantily clad women and gossipy headlines. Thanking God for my ordinary, unnews-worthy life, my wandering gaze finally landed on a picture of … Continue reading

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Overcome by Darkness – Part 2 More Than Conqueror

Depression is the cancer of the soul. Infecting. Inflicting. Consuming. It comes quietly, inch by inch, until the consumption is too much. Mentally and emotionally well people do not suddenly become depressed. The progression is slow, almost imperceptible. O Lord, … Continue reading

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Overcome by Darkness – Part 1: The Dark Sea

Dark sea of confusion and fear, ebbing and flowing in the mind, rolling like waves through the storms of life. When that dark sea becomes placid, thick waters pull down into the depths where the surface is always out of … Continue reading

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The Winter of Our Discontent – Part 3

Six days after that wild ambulance ride, Caleb walked out of the hospital on his own two shaky feet, giant Tigger balloon in hand. The doctor’s marching orders were scary: anti-seizure medicine to be carried at all times, Tylenol at … Continue reading

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The Winter of Our Discontent – Part 2

John sat in the front seat with the ambulance driver, road atlas in hand, trying to find the quickest route to the children’s hospital. We stopped on the side of the road to meet the paramedics, who gave Caleb anti-seizure … Continue reading

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The Winter of Our Discontent – Part 1

Every winter, I am reminded of God’s goodness to our family. I praise Him for what is, and for what could have been, but wasn’t. On January 1st, 2005, we rang in the New Year at the hospital with our … Continue reading

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Holding On and Letting Go

Our daughter turned 13 this summer. The typical reaction to this most recent milestone is something like, “Oh, the teen years.” I have noticed that people don’t always know what to say when I inform them that I am the … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Unplanned

Time for school. Time for work. Time for practice. Time for homework. Time for class. Time for club. Time for church. Time for supper. Time for bed. From the time we get up in the morning to the time we … Continue reading

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Embracing Mediocrity

I used to be a perfectionist.Those who really know me may find this a humorous admission, because I have never had many of the visible symptoms of a typical perfectionist. I do not wear make up every day. Some days … Continue reading

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