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Narnia Near

Chewing on granola, magazine by my side, I glanced up–through the windowed doors, beyond my small garden and above my helplessly leaning bamboo fence–and saw it. The lamp post. I hadn’t noticed it before. Tall, dark, stately. In the morning light, it seemed to smile back at me, beckoning. I’ve lived in France eight months […]

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flowers as therapy

I planted flowers today. For therapy purposes. I needed to see the potential there, to see the bud nearly blooming, to sense the seed’s surrendering to death and then glorious life. I needed to get my hands dirty, my knees wet. Life springs from little deaths, doesn’t it? Jesus said “”Truly, truly, I say to […]

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Jesus experienced more

I’ve been meditating on something these days. About Jesus and His amazing walk on earth. How He touched the untouched and empathized with the neglected. How He experienced frailty and anguish and the ache of being hurt by those He created. How He was often misunderstood and maligned. How He exercised utter humility, being God […]

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Un Vetement de louange au lieu d’un esprit abattu

It’s always hard leaving a place of abundance. When I landed in Dallas, I could feel the spirit of heaviness lift like a dissipating cloud under the gaze of the happy sunshine. When I landed in France, the drippy rain settled into my spirit, pelting my joy. It’s a difficult place to minister. Tonight, though, […]

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Truth and Grace Hold Hands

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth,” 78 times in Scripture, but we are desperately afraid to utter the same words. Gordon Lish said, “The secret of good writing is telling the truth.” Anne Lamott agrees. “Risk being unliked,” she said. “Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer, you have a […]

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Good Friday

Today a dear friend wrote these words in a cyberprayer: “We love you imperfectly, Lord, but we do long to be approved by You. Thank You for this Good Friday, a day during which we remember that You came to earth and were spit on, but You loved us still. Help us never to get […]

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F R E E to be me

I wonder if I share too much. I believe God has gifted me to be a communicator, to share what He has taught me to others interested in hearing. But, I’ve had circumstances mount in my life that have made me reconsider. Maybe I should hold back. Maybe I should keep everything private. I shared […]

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Written Before I Took the Leap

June 6, 2004 Why do I write? I am faced with that question today. I pondered it when I sang, “I’m willing to walk with You Jesus. I’ll follow You down any road. I’m willing to walk with you Jesus. Wherever You go, I will go.” I’ve been miring through moving overseas lately, considering the […]

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