The amazing privilege of writing to encourage!

We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.Romans 12:5 Rebekah and I may be officially "retired", but I still have enough writing gigs to keep my attention focused and my freelance career active. One, and probably the most important in terms of keeping my visibility current, is the column …

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Coming Out… (as a food blogger)!

Okay, so I'll admit it: views, likes, and shares are important. I could insist that this space is exclusively about sharing the Good News, or the privilege of influencing more people in terms of how they think, but - even though both points are absolutely true - I confess there is a little ego somewhere …

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Releasing Hidden Potential

 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”John 5:6 - Hidden Brain with Host Shankar Vedantam One of the podcasts I enjoy listening to during my evening walks with Max is "Hidden Brain." Host Shankar Vedantam interviews people whose …

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What are you reading this summer? I have a recommendation…

I often talk (write) about books that I'm in the process of reading. Currently I have four on the go: What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey, The Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of the Harry Potter series), a primer/sampler of writings by classic Christian thinkers (this week features Søren Kierkegaard), and (afternoons with …

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when how we look changes what we see

- my mum between our two homes Before the mountains were born,    before you birthed the earth and the inhabited world—    from forever in the past    to forever in the future, you are God.Psalm 90:2 - writer Derek Maul in the garden As a photographer - and as a writer, too - I love to try to look …

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That “anxiety” conversation – making some progress

Therefore, humble yourselves under God’s power so that he may raise you up in the last day. Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. Be clearheaded. Keep alert. 1 Peter 5:6-8a - NC writer Derek Maul I am a little bit pleased with myself right now (just a little) because I have made some …

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“Please keep shedding/sharing the light!”

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8 Woe to those who call evil good    and good evil,who put darkness for light    and light for darkness,who put bitter for sweet    and sweet for bitter.Isaiah 5:20 - …

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Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me?”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said, “Lord, …

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so filled with light and love that it spills over

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see …

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Truth, “retirement”, leaves, Kierkegaard, and run-on sentences

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.1 john 4:16 - gleaning truth in the garden I have noticed an interesting corollary to this life's current craziness, and that is abundant raw material for writing! People (and that …

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