Christianity

Mountaintop Meetings and the Number 40

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July has been a big month for me. First there was The Birthday, the one everyone dreads, but because numbers don’t click with my word-wired brain, I didn’t see what all the fuss was about. I did, however, appreciate Lodge Lady K’s comment that the number 40 holds special biblical…

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Thirsty in Any State

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So, the mountains aren’t a magical fix for my writing life. I had hoped that the change of scenery from the flat lands of Illinois to the majesty of Colorado would unlock within me the word torrent that has been building in my heart. Nope. Scenery didn’t do it. Not…

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Will Isn’t the Bad Guy

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Will is getting a bad rap among Christ followers. We have busied ourselves in giving him up, blaming him for leading us away from God’s best. Countless times I have said (and heard others say) something like this: “I just need to give up my Will.” Poor Will. He’s taking…

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40 Is a Magical Number

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Today is the big day: A new decade spans before me. I love new beginnings, so I have my rose-colored glasses firmly in place as I dream of what my 40s will bring. For this chunk of my life, there are so many things I would love to see. Deeper…

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Beach Therapy (aka Beach Retreat 2012)

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The ocean speaks to me. It tells me great mysteries of God and the world and my place in relation to both. My heart gobbles up every word, hungry for the nourishment. It’s like therapy. This is why I love coming to this beach bungalow, where the ocean spreads herself…

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When Christians Behave Badly

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When you see Christians behaving badly, don’t you wonder what the deal is? Shouldn’t knowing Jesus make a major difference in the way people think, the words people speak, and the actions people take? A common misconception is that being a Christ-follower should result in perfection. And so non-Christians, starting…

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Blessing Bingo

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No one should take a trip without a little something called Blessing Bingo. Dearest friend Krista made these cards for us, keeping us alert to all that God would do in our midst during our travels. Sherry Didi, Ali Didi, and I have enjoyed chatting about the squares we’ve been…

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Practicing Rest

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There is something about travel—especially long-distance travel—that prods the heart to consider matters of safety and security. Our hearts tend to find comfort in familiarity, the very thing that most trips lack. My upcoming trip to India weighs in heavy on the Unknown Scale. I’ve never been there. I’ve never…

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The Journey I’m On

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  Each one of us is on a spiritual journey. Some of us are running toward God. Some of us are running away from God. Some of us are running in circles . . . Whichever way you are running, the comfort I have is that God is running after…

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