longings

A Longing Too Large to Name

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Breath for the Bones Book Club: Thoughts on Chapter 11 As I write, the wind is whistling, howling around the edges of my house, announcing the certain arrival of the Midwestern winter. Typically the season’s first dusting of snow fills me with giddy pleasure, sparking within me a childlike anticipation…

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Swatting the Bug of Discontentment

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Hollow voice begging for the ever elusive “more.” Grasping hands that are already plenty full, plenty busy. Empty stomach that’s just been fed. That’s how I describe the bug of discontentment. He’s tiny, but oh-so-persistent. Have you ever been bugged by him? I have. If I don’t pay attention, he…

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Stuffed with Rocks

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I read a familiar portion of Scripture today—the section that tells of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness by the devil. Jesus fasted for 40 days, becoming hungry. That’s when the tempter strolled in and said to Jesus, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become…

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