Lifting weights

I didn’t participate in organized sports as a kid—I sang in the choir.  Edited the poetry section of the school magazine.  I was in the French club (oui!).  The only time I spent in a gym was the required hour each school day for P.E. class. After our children were grown, my husband decided it…

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Hidden Treasure

I have visited a certain cabin in a certain location at a certain time of year for the past few years.  The weather is generally cooperative—what I call “sweatshirt” weather.  Early enough in spring that the bugs aren’t out yet, but warm enough to go outside and walk the trails.  Cool enough to enjoy a…

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Grief

I lost my Mom the night before Thanksgiving. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say “lost” – I know where she is–in Heaven with Jesus. But she’s no longer living here with me. I’ve lost the ability to see her with my own eyes and hug her with my own arms, to tell her I love her…

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New mercies!

I accepted Christ as my Savior as a freshman in high school.  I was amazed at this gracious and merciful God who had sent His Son to pay the penalty for my sins.  I wanted to know more about Him!  There was so much I needed to learn.  But I didn’t have a Bible of…

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“I choose not to be offended.”

I was chatting with a friend, listening as she shared an uncomfortable experience from work.  I was surprised at how the supervisor in charge had handled the situation—mishandled it badly.  My friend told me how she responded, how she received the instructions she was given and followed through on them (even though it was extra…

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It’s a sign!

What do you do when you’re stopped in traffic? Do you look around at the other cars, reading license plates without really thinking about it, reading billboards while you wait for the traffic to start moving again? Are those signs even effective—will you remember what you read? Advertisers are banking on it! “If you think…

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God sees!

We love to spend family vacation in Colorado. On our most recent trip, we did a 7-mile “moderate” hike—which took us 6 hours! Much of the hike followed next to a rushing mountain stream. We saw spacious meadows filled with wildflowers, butterflies, and hummingbirds. We lunched at a waterfall. It was almost magical! Then my…

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How long?

Mom asked the other night if anything could be done about her memory loss.  I told her no, that’s part of the disease (dementia), and that’s why she lives with us now.  She sighed and asked if we knew how long? How long till what?  Till she can no longer reason?  Till she can no…

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Musings from a coffee mug

I waited as the barista finished crafting my Wild Berry Mocha, looking around at the gift items on display in the coffee shop.  A cute mug caught my eye.  I stepped closer to read the message printed on it: “What’s the hardest part of parenting?  Without a doubt… It’s the kids.” I chuckled to myself,…

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“Mothering on Shaky Ground”

I listened to a podcast recently that said in 2020, we were “mothering on shaky ground.”  1 million women left the workforce last year.  For many of them, that was their only solution to the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus Pandemic, “lockdown” strategies, and subsequent school closures. Employees who could not work from home…

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