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Friday, July 24, 2015

Finding The Beautiful Story (& A Surprise at the End!)

We just pulled into my husband’s home place in Mississippi to spend a long weekend. I love the peace of this place. It’s like God holds his fingers to his lips to tenderly shush my busy mind and invites the animals to fill the airwaves. The calf calls; the birds chirp; the horses whinny; and the hound dog howls, just...

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Friday, July 17, 2015

When Arguing Is An Avenue For Moving Ahead

My son and my niece are traveling with my parents this week on a road trip out west. He texts me blurry pictures of mountains taken from the car window, long strings of emoticons, selfies, and requests for pictures of his cat, Inky. I’d tried to worm my way into the adventure as my mom and dad discussed it with the...

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Monday, July 13, 2015

I Wrote My Own Eulogy

(first published on the Elephant Journal, July 13, 2015) I opened my inbox to the find the following email, “Thank you for your submission to elephant journal!  It’s official: your words have somehow inspired our hearts and we’re accepting your piece for publication.” I busted a beat with my lips, “boom, boom, boom… boom-boom,” slid my shoulders side to side,...

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Real Love Is About Discovery

I love to read. My son does not. When I complain about it, he explains it this way. “I like to read, Mom, I just like to do other things more.” A few weeks before summer vacation began, I explained to my ten year-old, “Your dad and I want you to read some each day through the summer.” He argued,...

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Friday, July 3, 2015

How We Can Be Truly Free

I made some coffee, got comfortable in my chair on the front porch and wrote in my journal, “Jesus, what story from my life this week will best serve our community?” The birds were chirping, the bullfrogs chortling, the crickets cricketing- I got carried away in their symphony. My thoughts drifted on. I set my journal aside and opened my tablet...

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