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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Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

“Oh, how sweet the light of day, And how wonderful to live in the sunshine! Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour, Remembering that there will also be many dark days And that most of what comes your way is smoke.” As Randy and I took a quick morning hike today, I mentioned the impact that spring has on our whole family’s demeanor. With the increasing light,…

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Little answers to prayer

Little answers to prayer

I think that Christians (myself included) sometimes fall victim to the false notion that more prayer = answered prayer. It goes something like this: “If I really want to hear God’s voice and see evidence of His presence in my life, I need to spend at least an hour praying every day.” It’s like there is some prayer quota that must be filled before God will answer or direct. While it is true that any relationship will benefit from intentional…

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Prayer in Unexpected Places

Prayer in Unexpected Places

Part of my work involves teaching music at a private school in town. In becoming part of the school family, I learn of stories that keep me on my knees in prayer. One such example is that of a 6th grade student who is battling bone cancer. Her family moved from Idaho to Seattle to work with a team from Seattle Children’s hospital, and today was the morning of her surgery. I asked the administration if I could offer a…

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Studying, Stress and Peace

Studying, Stress and Peace

I am up early on a Saturday morning, preparing for ordination exams to become an ordained minister. The range of what is covered is vast and I feel like my information recall has weakened a bit. Confessions, biblical knowledge, theology, essential tenets and practical application will all be tested in a variety of ways and it is easy to get stressed. In the dissonance of study angst, I found myself going through some key scripture passages that I am attempting…

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Dependence as a Means of Grace

Dependence as a Means of Grace

A few weeks ago, I got to hear Kyle Strobel speak at a conference I attended. I was so impressed by his words, that I decided to grab one of his books and have now latched onto a theme that came from the reading. Rather than quote him directly, I am going to try and paraphrase his idea of what it means engage in spiritual disciplines or practices. He frames spiritual formation as opportunities to practice the posture of dependence…

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No time, no space

No time, no space

I was reading a book with my daughter yesterday. We have been working our way through The Chronicles of Narnia series and we’re on the last book, entitled The Last Battle. In chapter 13, Lewis describes “how the dwarves refuse to be taken in.” In the briefest of nutshells, the reader watches the tragedy of these stubborn dwarves, faced with the reality of Aslan before their very eyes, missing the fullness of his reality and the offerings of paradise. They don’t want…

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