A List for Lent

A List for Lent

This is a super quick annotated list of things that have blessed me during the season of Lent. I hope this gives you some ideas of things to try for the next 40 days. Biola University puts out both a Lent and Advent Project every year. The email gets sent to your inbox and every day, during that particular season in the church calendar, you receive a devotional thought coupled with some music and artwork. I love the combo of…

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The Roller Coaster of Family

The Roller Coaster of Family

I am procrastinating on the laundry that needs doing and choosing instead to write. Like most blogs, I am not always sure what needs to be said until it is out there. Today I am feeling compelled to get vulnerable and real about the past two days. As is often the case, when my family reunites for the weekend, in either Boise or Sun Valley, there are high expectations. Since the gang was coming to the mountains, I was psyched…

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Snow Day Kemp Update

Snow Day Kemp Update

There’s a line from the classic 80’s movie, The Princess Bride, that sticks with me as I consider how to begin this post. I’m sure you all could quote it with me. Inigo Montoya is trying to give Wesley a recap on what has happened while he was “mostly dead.” He says, “Let me explain…no, there is too much. Let me sum up.” To that end, I want to try and sum up the last 6 months of changes going…

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Discipline and Risk

Discipline and Risk

It’s only January. Those of you, like me, who may have resolved to do something are still motivated and going strong. (Keep it up, whatever it is!) I am currently going through a book that I have had for a long time, probably a gift received during my college days. I have returned to it many times and it continues to prove fruitful in my life. This week’s theme is discipline which sounds like a hoot, right? Stay with me….

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Prepare the Way

Prepare the Way

A quick advent thought this morning as I was reflecting on how God’s Word can intersect with life if we pay attention to it. Mark’s gospel begins with these words, “The good news of Jesus Christ – the Message! – begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth…

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Long Silence

Long Silence

For those who have been semi-regulars, I apologize for the lengthy silence over the summer and fall. I find that writing needs space and I confess, this has not been a season of much space at the moment. The Kemp family is in the midst of transitioning to our new place in Boise. Randy has been commuting back and forth on the weekends and I have been single-moming it since August. While this is not an ideal situation nor would…

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How God Gave Me a Turkey Vulture

How God Gave Me a Turkey Vulture

     I had done a bit of wallowing in self pity the other night. I was folding laundry and feeling the despair of resignation, not the good kind. I was a bit angry at my kids for being angry at each other, angry at God for not appearing to answer my prayers, and angry at my own self in the midst of it all. I went to be early with tears in my eyes and felt hopeless in that…

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Recipe for Morning Reflection

Recipe for Morning Reflection

Boil water. Add 1 Tbs Grace Organics coffee to French press. When water boils, pour a single serving into press and let coffee steep for 5 minutes. While steeping grab The One Year Christian History, coloring pens or pencils, coloring book of choice, iPhone for music, pencil and Bible. Press the coffee and pour into mug of choice. Shuffle play Audrey Assad. Read the short biography for the day while sipping (today’s was about Archibald Alexander, first professor at Princeton Seminary)….

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

As I sit here typing, I have begun this post three times already and my tablet seems hell bent on thwarting my mission of reflection. (I am now saving after every sentence.) I find myself both laughing and crying inside as I listen to the sounds of my children “working together” to make me breakfast in bed. One is demanding that the other wash their hands, resulting is the co-collaborator pouting on the couch. One brought me waffle number one,…

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Nothing Time

Nothing Time

When I have a day with space in it, I often refer to that space as “nothing time.” Nothing is scheduled, nothing HAS to be done. So today, nothing time looks like driving my 7th grader to school instead of sticking him on the bus. It looks like chats on the phone and long overdue email updates. It looks like hanging at a coffee house while I get my tires rotated, and blogging with nothing in particular in mind. It…

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