a love letter

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I am trying to teach my boys how to love scripture. And to look and listen for God in His Word. Because He is there. We are reading through the Bible using the One Year Bible plan. Every day we read some Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. And each day we write down a particular verse that stands out to us in our reading. On Friday we go back through all the verses we've written down for the week and choose the one that - for whatever reason - speaks to us. And we talk about why. I love doing this. I even think my boys are beginning to love … [Read more...]

my new year

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Normally January finds me in a frenzy. Compiling to-do lists. Making resolutions. And, at the bare minimum, thoughtfully looking back at 2013. But not this year. True, I might still be in a sugar coma from our Christmas morning breakfast. Or I might be a walking zombie from a house full of 11 kiddos for *gasp!* the last two-and-a-half weeks. Or, maybe, I'm just okay with the calendar changing from 2013 to 2014. Savoring the month of December - and thinking long on Jesus - slowed me. And it steadied me. And that is what I want for my New Year. … [Read more...]

the reason for God: last chapter

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This is the last post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. It has been my prayer that the participants - as well as those of y’all who have stopped by during the last 14 weeks - have had your faith challenged in a fresh way. May He continue to pursue you and draw you closer to Himself. The Reason for God - Chapter Fourteen: The Dance of God Keller quotes from Simone Wiel's book Waiting for God to start the chapter, "In my arguments about the insolubility of the problem of God I had never foreseen the possibility of that … [Read more...]

the reason for God: chapter thirteen

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This is the fourteenth post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. A quick note to those of y’all who are not participants: – Please read along as we go through the study chapter by chapter, and contemplate the questions we’ll be tackling. This is good stuff! – We will be utilizing the comment section as a forum for discussion for the participants only. I respectfully ask – if you are not participating – that you refrain from commenting on the Reason for God posts, simply to help keep things well... simple. – We have an … [Read more...]

the reason for God: chapter twelve

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This is the twelfth post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. A quick note to those of y’all who are not participants: – Please read along as we go through the study chapter by chapter, and contemplate the questions we’ll be tackling. This is good stuff! – We will be utilizing the comment section as a forum for discussion for the participants only. I respectfully ask – if you are not participating – that you refrain from commenting on the Reason for God posts, simply to help keep things well... simple. – We have an … [Read more...]

the reason for God: chapter eleven

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This is the eleventh post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. A quick note to those of y’all who are not participants: – Please read along as we go through the study chapter by chapter, and contemplate the questions we’ll be tackling. This is good stuff! – We will be utilizing the comment section as a forum for discussion for the participants only. I respectfully ask – if you are not participating – that you refrain from commenting on the Reason for God posts, simply to help keep things well... simple. – We have an … [Read more...]

happy birthday, sweet one

Esther-20months

Today we celebrate a most bittersweet day. Today would have been Esther's 4th birthday. We will make a cake today. We will think of her. Miss her. But no candles will be blown out. No presents opened. No squeals of delight. Instead, we grieve the loss of a beloved daughter and a cherished sister. But it is impossible to stay in that grief. Because God is so much bigger. One year ago on this day, in honor of Esther's birthday, I shared about a little girl named Kate. She was at New Day Foster home and in need of heart surgery. Because of the … [Read more...]

the reason for God: chapter ten

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This is the tenth post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. A quick note to those of y’all who are not participants: – Please read along as we go through the study chapter by chapter, and contemplate the questions we’ll be tackling. This is good stuff! – We will be utilizing the comment section as a forum for discussion for the participants only. I respectfully ask – if you are not participating – that you refrain from commenting on the Reason for God posts, simply to help keep things well... simple. – We have an incredible … [Read more...]

the reason for God: chapter nine

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This is the ninth post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. A quick note to those of y’all who are not participants: – Please read along as we go through the study chapter by chapter, and contemplate the questions we’ll be tackling. This is good stuff! – We will be utilizing the comment section as a forum for discussion for the participants only. I respectfully ask – if you are not participating – that you refrain from commenting on the Reason for God posts, simply to help keep things well... simple. – We have an incredible … [Read more...]

the reason for God: chapter eight

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This is the eighth post in a 15-week study. More information and resources can be found here. A quick note to those of y’all who are not participants: – Please read along as we go through the study chapter by chapter, and contemplate the questions we’ll be tackling. This is good stuff! – We will be utilizing the comment section as a forum for discussion for the participants only. I respectfully ask – if you are not participating – that you refrain from commenting on the Reason for God posts, simply to help keep things well... simple. – We have an … [Read more...]