Respect for people in need

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As much as my heart breaks for people in Africa who lack clean water, I have been reluctant to sit down and “get a plan” for greater involvement. The small things I do I hope are a true help in a tangible sort of way. But often my success and…

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A sense of the “present” God

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It is in the starkness of death that the reality of life is laid bare. Here we stop short, faced with the truth that we all must face. Over the weekend I had two funerals to attend; one for my husband’s grandfather, the other for a dear family friend of…

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Heart-to-heart at a tea party

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Last Christmas I gave the women in my family (plus a few friends) a variation on the jar journal. The jar journal concept is to pull preprinted question slips from a jar, paste it in your journal, and write, write, write! So I purchased pretty journals and pens, created explanation…

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Art that bolsters my soul

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 A Step of Faith a painting by Angel Ambrose One great blessing I have in life is to have dear friends to share the walk with. Not just acquaintances. I mean kindred spirits: people I can call at a moment’s notice and dump the depths of my heart in all…

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Longing for more faith-passion

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Over the past few weeks I have felt that familiar nudge inside, the one that is prompting me to an overhaul in how I am living life. I’ve mentioned this in previous posts in regard to self-indulgence and culture and goals. At the root of all these things, for me,…

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Setting my gaze on things that last

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As I wrote of yesterday, I was recently on a visiting trip to Wisconsin where I had two personally challenging encounters with the Amish. I continue to ponder the plain and simple motto that would describe the Amish life. One area I have romanticized in regard to the Amish life is…

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Musings from a visiting trip

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Last week my sister and I took a visiting trip. With her three little ones packed in the minivan, we set off for Wisconsin to visit with family. We stayed with an aunt and uncle in Mayville. We visited with a cousin in Waupon, grandparents in Beaver Dam, and an…

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