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MLK Day and suppertime talks about race

It’s Martin Luther King Day! Our family drove a U-Haul into Abilene, Texas around Martin Luther King Day 16 years ago after living nearly 10 years in Latin America. I’m sure I didn’t even know about the holiday because I was focused on moving boxes, naked windows and...

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10 Reasons to read the Bible

At this time of the year I like to make goals for what’s ahead. And one of my goals always includes Bible reading. The ways I read God’s word vary—sometimes I read it in big chunks, other times in small bites. But I try to consistently read. Consistent doesn’t mean I...

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4 Tips to Begin the New Year with soulful reflection

Today it’s quiet for the first time after a week of holiday family fun. Three out of four of the kids came home for some Greenhouse Christmas traditions. But all good things–feasting, playing games, taking walks and feasting some more—come to an end. Our...

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Do you believe God’s promises? Mary believed.

She was pregnant. And she believed it. She couldn’t feel the baby move yet. She didn’t have a baby bump either. She hadn’t even been with a man yet. But God told her that she would be with child, and she believed it. She humbly told the angel, “May it be to me as you...

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Holiday Roundup

Did you have a good Thanksgiving break? I loved the time with our sons who met us at Grandpa’s house. We feasted on tasty turkey and dressing—why don’t we eat dressing the rest of the year?! And Gary even made his first ever pie—Derby pecan pie–inspired by a...

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Adoption awareness – the whole story

It’s November! That means Thanksgiving is around the corner, the air is finally a bit cooler and the holidays are on their way. It also means that it’s Adoption Awareness month. I know this one isn’t on everyone’s radar. But most likely adoption touches you in some...

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How to be ungrateful – receiving gifts from the Father

Do you have a gift certificate you’ve never redeemed? It’s estimated that in 2013, $1 billion worth of gift cards were never cashed in. I’ll confess that I’ve contributed to that stat. My husband gave me a Valentines gift certificate in February. But I didn’t redeem...

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Happy are those who mourn. Really?

“Happy are those who mourn.” That sentence doesn’t make sense, does it? How can you be happy if you are grieving? How do you find joy when you’re suffering from loss? Happiness and grief-they don’t usually go together. But Jesus put them together when he described his...

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