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A Simple Christmas Starts with a Simple Advent

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already observing Advent, even if you’re not sure what Advent is. In the 1960s, kids like me growing up near Pacific Grove, California had something major to anticipate in addition to Christmas Day. We didn’t have snow, but we had Candy Cane Lane. Every year, my parents chose […]

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From How, God? to Hallelujah

  Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen?” -Luke 1:34   It’s morning as Garth and I stand together at the kitchen window, cradling glasses of fresh-pressed juice and watching the snow fall. “You have to make your health priority one,” I say. “Yeah,” he says. “But how?” We both think we know […]

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Not-So-Great Expectations

  I remain confident of this:     I will see the goodness of the Lord     in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 It’s been the best of times; it’s been the worst of times. Okay, I realize I’m mixing my Dickens references, but after a year marked by both jubilant celebrations and scorching heartaches, that’s how […]

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

Who Am I, Lord?

Who am I that you would come to me, Lord? In the Christmas narrative, Mary, overcome by a growing understanding that she carries the savior of the world in her teenage womb, bursts out in reverent song. She begins “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for he has […]

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A Loyal Love {A Devotional}

Back in the perm-it-and-bleach-it days of the early 90s, I arrived home, excited to show off my new hairstyle. But my little boy, Sean, eyed me with suspicion. “What’s wrong?” I said. “You don’t like Mommy’s hair?” He pouted. “You look like somebody else’s mommy.” In that moment, Sean’s huge, sad eyes revealed his greatest […]

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When the Frenzy of Fall Already Has You Woozy

To look up, you’d never know it. The wonderlands, the wide open spaces of summer are shuttering for the season. Mornings of surprise visitors and spontaneous romps. Afternoons when you couldn’t escape the sun and its lazy spell if you tried. Days with less obvious boundaries, whispering, “Play hooky.” Yeah, they’re pretty much gone. But if […]

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The Story I Hope to Tell

  I’m writing my first novel. There, I said it. It’s scary, this trying new things, risking failure. In public now. As I sink into my main character’s head, considering her fears, flaws, motivations, and the life events that informed them, I’m gaining new perspectives. You might argue that it’s from my head her thoughts […]

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A Bravery that Leads to Delight

I round the corner in my walking shoes, passing our little country airport. That gold vintage airplane sits again at the tip of the runway like a lone sunflower in a dormant field. I wonder again, Who owns that snazzy plane? and dream up a character sketch for another day. I’m on the long, straight […]

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