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Seeing the God Who Sees

Seeing the God Who Sees

“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 In the circular way God often leads, I recently found myself back in the wilderness, tracing the path of Hagar. I’ve...

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Finding Mary

Finding Mary

At 5:02 AM an alert, set to the Stress tone, sounded in my mind. Heart racing, breaths coming in shallow bursts, a long list of impossible to-dos running through my mind, I greeted the day. I threw back the covers and put feet to the floor of my bedroom by night,...

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Every Escape I’ve Known…

Every Escape I’ve Known…

I opened the mailbox and pulled out a stack of envelopes. As I thumbed through them before making the short walk back to the house, I saw it. The return address. And I knew. The contents of the small envelope would wound me. Deeply. As the sender has wounded me so...

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I’m Paying Atten… Wait, What?

I’m Paying Atten… Wait, What?

I confess, I'm a bit of a rebel. A quiet, mostly well-behaved rebel, but a rebel nonetheless. I don't like conforming. Following the crowd. When it seems everyone is doing something... Like making resolutions at the beginning of a new year. Or choosing a word for the...

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Doubt Sparks

Doubt Sparks

The boughs of the redwoods, browned by the drought, bounce in the breeze. The same breeze that stirs the King Fire up the road, and the Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park. Smoke, like doubt, clouds the horizon. Flames, the novel I’m writing, is never far from my...

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Raising Men

Raising Men

If I’d known then what I know now…  When I held those precious babes bundled in blue. When during the night watches I rocked them to the rhythm of my prayers. When I was their whole world and innocence was still their reality. If I’d known then… I would have held them...

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Rooted

Rooted

I pounded the letters into metal—over and over—one letter at a time. The stamped jewelry was part of a 200+ piece custom order bearing the group’s theme. I saw the letters during the days as I worked. I dreamt the letters at night. I knew the letters in both English...

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Write Now Relief

Write Now Relief

As I've watched the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, my heart has broken for the suffering of so many. As another storm rolled in this week and a million people are still without power, and temperatures are freezing, I've wished I could invite each person into...

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Really?

  I'm in the midst of a season where I feel like all I say to God is, "Really?" While the question is the same, the tone, I confess, changes. Sometimes it's laced with saracasm as in, "Really, God? You're kidding, right?" Other times it's asked in awe. The...

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I Don’t Understand…

I woke this morning with a searing pain in my throat and a fog of discouragement hovering over my mind and heart. Why am I here? Orlando and the International Christian Retailers Show? I arrived in the wee hours on Sunday morning and have only left my hotel room to...

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