carrying christmas

    My husband and I will celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday. On Friday, I'll remove my diamond rings. Not to worry, though. It's only temporary. I've had my flu shot, popped my first malaria pills, and packed last year's Cipro just in case....

last things

I am surprised my daughter didn’t think about what I assumed was obvious. She lifts a clean plate from the dishwasher, places it on top of the stack on the kitchen counter; among cans of pumpkin and a warm crock pot simmering with pulled pork for dinner. Holding a...

three musicians you should know

I'm trying to come down from a Frio River high after four days at Laity Lodge in the Hill Country of Texas with members of The High Calling. On second thought, I don't want to come down. I want to immerse myself in the sounds of running water and a crackling fire, the...

what to do when you’re scared spitless

Sandra's note: Susan Etole sees deeper than many I know. She's uncapped her pen today to share just a few words with us about the power of scripture when we're facing dragons. Susan writes: I’m apprehensive going into this procedure. Scared spitless would be a more...

kingdom comes

It was a day not unlike any other. Dirt clung to the heels of the people who passed in the street and in the public places. Flies gathered around dogs' ears and water splashed as it poured from the well into jars. There were silent, knowing glances exchanged between...

the testing of boundaries

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16.11 (ESV) Five weeks after total knee replacement and my therapist thinks I'm doing great, but it's hard work, and I sometimes get...

power of the Blood

On Monday, we take communion around our worn dining table after missing it on Sunday, share the hand blown goblet from Mexico filled with grape juice poured from small boxes. "This is His blood shed for you," my husband says, and the five of us remember the drink that...

logos and the baker leadership collection

A while back, Dan King shot me a brief e-mail asking if I’d be interested in reviewing some books for the Logos Bible Software folks.  As a long-time user of Logos, I jumped at the opportunity! Here’s the lowdown on Logos: I haven’t found better Bible study tools.  As...

how we love

Lillee bounces down the aisle and slides into the pew like she comes to this church with us every week. She pulls a hymn book out of the rack. When time comes for the children’s sermon, she beats everyone to the platform steps and takes a seat next to Miss Jeannie,...



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