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I write on all sorts of topics such as Celebration & Wonder, Community & Discipleship, Intimacy with Christ, and Redemption & Grace. I share my random thoughts in Miscellaneous Musings.

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Squatting with Kids

Squatting with Kids

They were coming to Him for relationship, rather than to capitalize on the Healer and Miracle-worker.  They wanted to crawl into His lap and hear His blessing spoken into their ear.

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Who I am Becoming

Who I am Becoming

I think a lot about practicing who I want to become. You can see it on elderly faces... the deeply etched lines of complaining or gratitude.  The naturally formed smile, practiced over decades of a life.  But it's not only smiling or frowning, complaining or giving...

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Communion Precedes the Tithe

Communion Precedes the Tithe

I peered over the pages of a well-worn story, noticing something I'd previously overlooked. Genesis 14 is the first encounter we have of one of Scripture's most puzzling characters, Melchizedek.  In Hebrews, He is expounded upon, and sounds something like God...

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Once A Room 3 Kid

Once A Room 3 Kid

There's someone I've wanted to introduce you to for awhile now, and tonight seems like just the night to do so.  Her name is Mrs. Ahner (sounds like "honor" which seems pretty fitting to me).  She was my second grade teacher.  We are still friends!  I have aged quite...

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Open-Handedness

Open-Handedness

If you live with your hands open, you will not cling too tightly to what you have, so you will be free to give it away, but you are also opening your hands to the blessings God wants to pour into them.

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A Cross and a Tomb

A Cross and a Tomb

It is almost unbearable to rehash the story of Christ's death.  Even after decades of reading this story, I instinctually groan when the chief priests and the Pharisees called Him "that deceiver" (Matthew 27:63).  Because it's such a blasphemous lie!  It is nearly...

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Memorize Beauty

Memorize Beauty

I am fasting right now.  I almost didn't write this post, because fasting is such a personal thing, and usually meant to stay between a girl (or guy) and her God, but in this case, it's at the spark that ignited these thoughts, so it must be said.  Back to where I...

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Abide.

Abide.

We know a secret.  Once the shame is abolished, and we have remained awhile,  basking in His Presence, enjoying His Word, delighting in His creation, practicing stillness, we begin to comprehend just how lovely He is.  We begin to memorize the lilt in His voice, and the etches of His smile.  Our shame had prevented us from looking boldly into His face, but with the shame gone, we begin to turn our gaze upward and find He is unfathomably gorgeous! Abiding gets easier as we practice, because we who once rushed away, are now captivated by His beauty and kindness!

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Like Harriet Tubman

Like Harriet Tubman

I have fought that demon “Shame” in much fiercer battles in my own life than most will ever have to.  Knowing shame’s weak spots and the power of the cross is something of a super power.  It is my super power, and my responsibility to, like Harriet Tubman, use the bondage of my history to lead others to freedom.

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Timeless or Trendy?

Timeless or Trendy?

As a writer, I am continuously bombarded, or rather stampeded, by the nagging voice from without and within.  "Build your email list!" it says, "Build your email list!"  This voice is like standing at the base of Kilimanjaro, with only 3 steps behind me and a million...

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