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Epic Family Road Trip

Epic Family Road Trip

My family is traveling from Boise, Idaho to Cornelius, North Carolina. After our first day on the road, my family found an evening hike (near Provo, Utah) whose pictures pretty much capture what I want to say in this post, so let’s start there. This picture represents the undiscovered country to which we are headed, metaphorically rather than topographically. The big news is that our family is bound for North Carolina permanently. This is not a round trip journey. I…

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Summer Projects

Summer Projects

I have, on several occasions in my life, had the pleasure of working professionally with my parents. This summer presents another such opportunity to join forces as my father has been offering an online summer worship opportunity for the chapel he serves in Florida. (My mother, younger brother, husband and nephew are all part of production as well.) Pretty cool family collaboration. Here’s a little teaser of what we’ve been up to. For the full service, tune in on Sunday…

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The Garden

The Garden

When Randy and I came up with the list of desirables for the home we were to invest in, one thing on the list was “a low maintenance yard.” We had enjoyed years of condo living where we found great contentment in our little balcony adorned with a few potted plants. While friends of ours slaved away at home improvement projects or yard work, we went hiking or biking. When it came time to remove snow, we did our small…

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Easter Prayer

Easter Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God – have mercy upon us. From the beginning, You have shown us that You alone are the source of life. From the beginning, we have strayed from the source: choosing the illusion of control over the foundation of trust in Your provision. This Easter we confess – our tendency to hoard the gifts You give us, our addiction to fear over faith, our envy of others, and our bent towards self-destruction. Apart…

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Home Time

Home Time

There’s a lot to be said about what’s going on in our world at the moment. This post is only tangentially about the COVID-19 drama in which we all find ourselves entwined. This post is a brief nod to all those who are becoming reacquainted with the familiar. The pace has slowed for many of us and our circle has shrunk to the confines of our homes, local walks, and the grocery store. This week found me reacquainting with my…

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Online Worship

Online Worship

Here’s a quick post of our church’s online worship this morning. (Randy’s on bass, and I’m on keys.) Interesting times can be impetus for creativity and technological updates.

“For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life…” (John Baillie)

“For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life…” (John Baillie)

My husband and I talked about holy interruptions this morning, about being willing to embrace them and then share our stories at the end of the day. My interruption came this morning as I was prepping some material on Aaron Copland for my Junior High music class. A rare instance of quiet in my shared classroom space found me listening to the fast and furious “Hoedown” from his Rodeo ballet, simply delighted by the sound of it. Sitting on my…

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Past, Future, Present

Past, Future, Present

How many of us have these moments where we cry out with the Psalmist, “How long, O Lord?” Psalm 13 is attributed to David. In this context, the man after God’s own heart is feeling a holy distance. There is sorrow in his song. Following a few days of tears in my own life, I was met with empathy when I opened the scriptures this morning. David’s words became my words and gave me something to say. More importantly, his…

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Advent Prayer

Advent Prayer

Jesus you are coming Like the sun just below the horizon Like presents on Christmas morning Like the dog waiting to play Like the Facebook video I saw of the sister at the airport who stood on tiptoe to see her brother come home from college Like the gardener eager for fruit to appear Like the lonely longing for love Like the student hungry for inspiration Like the patient waiting to be released from the hospital Like the words from…

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Training

Training

We got a dog recently. Her name is Zoe. Her cuteness is helpful when I find myself up at 5:30am with her. Currently she is learning how to walk on a leash with me. This morning we were working on the concept of heel. There were a few moments of easy syncronization, her eyes directed towards mine as she trotted on my left hand side. The other 80% of the time was patiently waiting while she sniffed in various interesting…

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