Struggle, craziness, serendipity, goodness, and light – Photo Friday offers a glimpse

Here - in the middle of all the craziness and struggle of the past few days - is a quick "Photo Friday" collection. Always, regardless of what is going on, there is so much serendipity and beauty and goodness and light. I am always grateful, then, that God has granted me the ability (most of …

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Finding a pressure washer… and my happy place

"What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open." - Jose Manuel Barroso (Portuguese politician) Yesterday, rummaging through the garage (because that is what one does on a staycation), we unearthed our son-in-law Craig's pressure washer. I think I may have found my happy place! It was actually Rebekah who did the legwork, …

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come, receive grace; go, serve; “lo I am with you always…”

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I …

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“behold, it is good;” look, how beautiful!

Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. - Genesis 1:31 Monday morning, while I didn't actually do the Hokey-Pokey (see yesterday's post!) I did approach the day with a "put my whole self in" mentality. The result …

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more on living like we mean it (food, theology, serendipity, and Tashkent)

This weekend at church one of my friends asked if I planned on making my recent "foodie" posts a regular feature (see, "food, travel, & faith," and "a theology of good food."). It's a great idea, but any answer in the affirmative would necessarily involve planning ahead - which is not my strong suit. However, …

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“58” and experiencing joy as a conscious grace

[Jesus] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for …

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the dog-and-mom “photo-shoot,” and a new word for Advent

Hmmm? Two dog-themed posts in one week; this may be unprecedented. But Saturday evening was our annual "Try to get a 'Christmassy' photo-op portrait with Scout and her mom," so I couldn't let the fun go by without comment. I may be a decent photographer, I may also be a very good dog-owner, and Scout may be …

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serendipity, a hint of fall in Florida, and a waterfall of grace

66-degrees! Okay, so my readers who are not from Florida may not fully appreciate my excitement; but to wake up this morning and walk the dog with the temperature registering 66-degrees, with low humidity thrown in for good measure, well, all I can say is "Thank-you, thank-you thank-you!" Then, as soon as we returned home, …

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Work-in-Progress: Rebekah’s afghans and my design

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and …

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