Junk Food for the Soul

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One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to try local fare. I want to try independent restaurants and coffee shops and bakeries where someone who is passionate about the offering has invested in a place like none other. Maybe this is a way of being adventurous, or…

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Priming the Listening Pump

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A dear friend of mine is a gifted conversationalist. Conversational lull is rare when she’s in the mix, because she is either drawing others out through probing questions or introducing a new topic from something that’s recently piqued her interest. Her ability to connect to people means that many would…

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Tuning My Ears to God’s Voice

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One of the best gifts Mike has ever given me is a set of Bose noise-cancelling earphones. Lest you think earphones are among the worst gifts a man could give his beloved—in the same category as giving a blender, a la Father of the Bride—let me be clear: these earphones…

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My Ears Seem to Be Broken

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If I don’t write it down, you can bet I’ll forget it. Too many times to count, I’ve been on my way to the store and my dear husband will say, “Hey! Why don’t you pick up some extra _________!” I’ll agree. I’ll even be excited about whatever Mike has…

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The Living One Who Sees Me

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As my husband would attest, I’m not the most observant person when it comes to physical space. I can walk right on by things without noticing. But I cannot NOT pick up on emotional vibes and tension, so I figure my skills lie elsewhere. Suffice it to say, I don’t…

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Here’s Mud in Your Eye

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Do you have a favorite book or movie that you never tire of? I have watched You’ve Got Mail, The Incredibles, Akeela and the Bee countless times. I read A Horse and His Boy annually. And then there are my favorite passages of Scripture. Chapter 9 of John’s Gospel is…

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You’ve Got Zombie Vision

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A few months ago I read Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. It’s a haunting story about a family and how tragedy met them over a few generations, shaping their lives. As the sorrows compiled, the family home grew more cluttered, falling into disrepair. What was familiar and common to the family…

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When Your Spiritual Sight Is Fuzzy

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Our bodies have these amazing sensors through which we gather information about our surroundings. Eyes, ears, mouth, nose, skin—these faculties work together to inform, warn, and direct. Without our senses, we would be in grave danger, either from imperceptible harm from the world around us or from the psychological trauma…

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You Might Be a Spiritual Zombie If…

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The downside of writing about zombies when you know very little about them is that you have to do lots of informational searches. Searches that flood your computer screen with all manner of disgusting and creepy zombie images. It will be a miracle if I get through this 31-day writing…

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