wine, cheese, friends, and gratitude

God has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as …

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vision, new life, and inspiration for 2016

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” - Isaiah 43:19 This morning, and in the spirit of Tuesday evening's "State of the Union" address, I'd like to share a little vision for the coming …

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coffee rings on the word

COFFEE RINGS: I have just two short devotional observations this morning. Both are - I believe - important reminders as we engage yet another new day as people who intend to live like we mean it. First, as we finished breakfast and I walked Rebekah out to her car, I noticed my open Bible and coffee …

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wrestling with God

A man came and wrestled with Jacob until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” ... Jacob named the place Peniel (which means …

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listening to my herbs in the morning #writinglife

Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and …

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bring in your kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven…

“When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask. Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring …

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theology, God-thought, baked ziti, and discipleship

He escorts me to the banquet hall;     it’s obvious how much he loves me. - Solomon 2:4 The path to discipleship - or the path of discipleship - has much less to do with a conversion, or a born-again experience than it does with the tens, scores, hundreds, and thousands of small, repetitive, life-shaping decisions …

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“Day by day, dear Lord” – random photographs from a good day

Day by day, day by day Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray To see thee more clearly Love thee more dearly Follow thee more nearly, day by day... FRIDAY: Earlier this week I wrote about Ordinary Time, and the importance of cultivating a sense of "normalcy" after a long season of celebration such as …

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on writing with my heart (breathe on me, breath of God)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 One of my great challenges as a writer is to remain connected, viscerally, to my work. When something is visceral - simply put - you feel …

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“This is a Christmas house!” – Advent Day 13

Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, Tell It On The Mountain That Jesus Christ is born! There are (at least) two stories wrapped up in our Christmas wreath on the front door. There is the story of why we hang a wreath, and there is the story of our magnolia. …

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