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I’m trying to pay better attention to God in the ordinary. I want to notice his spontaneous nudges in my heart to extend his compassion to others. When he whispers his love for the people around me, I want to be quick to listen. I’ll confess, though. I just missed one...read more
“It’s the most important habit our family did together.” That’s what I said last week to a mom in the midst of raising teenagers. Our kids are out of the house now. But I remember those hectic days of scrambling around the schedules of four teenagers. Life was hectic....read more
What keeps you awake at night? Do you lie down to sleep only to find that sleep avoids you? Instead of counting sheep, you count your problems. Or you replay a conversation you wish you could re-do? Or you add to-dos to tomorrow's list instead of finishing today? We...read more
My sister’s last call from the airport has become an annual tradition. It marks the end of summer for me as much as back to school sales and football season. Tanya calls to tell me goodbye before her family travels for 36 hours to settle back into their way of life in...read more
What’s your story? Do you know what makes the difference of a good life story or bad one? I recently spent a weekend out of town with a dozen people and we told each other our stories. We focused on five areas that shape the stories we are living. They all start with...read more
“How was your trip?” That’s what I’m often asked these days because we travel a lot. Baboons and Inca ruins stamped my memory. And sounds of Spanish, Afrikaans and Xhosa linger. Those don’t usually go together because they’re a mix of South America and South Africa....read more
Here comes Mother’s Day! So lately I’ve been thinking on Mom stuff. Motherhood is such a journey. There are books galore about what to expect before you become a mom, and how to do it once you are a mom. They tell you how big he is at week 12—about the size of a plum,...read more
It was a special night. The first Easter was just a few days away, although they had no idea. Close friends gathered to celebrate the resurrection—Lazarus’ resurrection. There was fabulous food. Lots of laughter. Their laughter was fueled with gratitude. Everyone at...read more
“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 How is it with your soul? Have you stilled and quieted your soul lately? Can you even imagine what that’s like? I confess that often my...read more