Other Peoples’ Children

My children started 1st and 2nd grade this morning.  This isn't my first "first day of school", but that certainly didn't stop me from tearing up several times, including on the playground walking my kids in.  It also didn't stop me from waking up before dawn with an anxious heart, before my coffee timer was …

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Dogs, Crumbs and the Cringe-Worthy Ways of Jesus

I'm going to be honest here, there are parts of scripture that, when I read them, I cringe a little.  Or a lot.  I say this as an unashamed bible thumping, bible teaching, bible believing Jesus freak.  But, it's true.  So I might as well be honest about it. A few of those cringy bits …

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Walking on Water in the Desert

We were hosting some friends for lunch a couple of days ago who are in the throws of planting an international English speaking African church and community center to serve the second and third generations of Congolese refugees living here in Tucson.   I mean, come on, what a vision, right?!* As they were excitedly …

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Lord, let me be a Martha

With the exception of the Woman of Valor described in Proverbs 31, I don't think there is a female in all of scripture that Christian women use to beat themselves up more than poor old Martha. You remember Martha, right?  Yes, yes.  Mary's sister.  The nagging one. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has …

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The Rock and The House

As a family we love to adventure and hike and watch America Ninja Warrior and as a result my kids are often climbing rocks and trees and anything that will stand still including the walls of our house.  Inevitably there will arise a moment of panic when one of them can't find a safe place …

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The Ministry of Oreo Cookies

Last week my baby boy somehow, miraculously, turned 6 years old.  He is big and strong and tender and generous and asks curious, philosophical questions about life.   To celebrate we invited some family and school friends over and I sent my husband to the store to get some chips and cookies.  He came back with …

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