So Many Words

Sometimes I just need to sit quietly and listen. My days are often filled with writing—emails, letters, class notes, lessons, lists—with little time left for quality, undisturbed, focused listening. So yesterday I made a concentrated effort to listen by limiting my talking, which is naturally a prerequisite, and thinking hard about what I was hearing. […]

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Tracking My Heart

I received a fitness watch for my birthday, the kind with lots of embedded programs, monitors, flashing lights, alarms, and who knows what else. Basically, I’m interested in the pedometer feature that continually counts my steps. I’m one of those 10,000-steps-a-day people, combining some running, walking, stairs, and maybe even a little biking on occasion. […]

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A Full Plate

Over the holidays, we received an advertisement from Olive Garden on our phones. This one immediately grabbed my attention: “May your life be as full as your plate.” I wonder who thought that one up. Most of us probably know more than we care to admit about full plates, especially after all the recent celebrating […]

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Lugging Around Our Push Carts

Do you ever look at another person and wish you could exchange lives? Maybe they’re better looking, or richer, or thinner, or taller, or shorter, or maybe they just seem to have it all together. The desire to walk in another person’s shoes often has a catalyst—trials, fears, failures, and a host of other things […]

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Flying Ice and Moonlit Nights

Life is like a snowball. A flying ball of ice smacks you in the side of the head, and as you snap in the direction of its origin, splat! Another one hits you right between the eyes. But life is also like a peaceful Mediterranean cruise, with soft morning breezes and moonlit nights. As you […]

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Advent: Good News of Great Joy

Would your family and friends describe you as one of the most joyful people they know? I’m not so sure mine would, but I’d certainly like to be described that way. The word “joy” can be seen and heard everywhere around the Christmas holidays—glued to Christmas plaques, sung in Christmas carols, gracing Christmas cards, blinking […]

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Wish No More! How to Have a Truly Peace-Filled Christmas

A nostalgic Christmas seems to be our dream—snow falling gently upon the countryside, cardinals perched outside a large picture window, a full moon lighting the night sky, gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, smiling children sitting around the Christmas tree, a fire crackling in the fireplace, Christmas carols filling the air with peace and good […]

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Advent: It’s About the Light

[ Previous:  Advent: Picture of Humility ] A sphere of hot plasma rises every morning in the sky and disappears from the horizon every evening. This has happened on schedule every day of my life. I’m told it did the same before I was born and will continue to do so after I’m gone. I feel […]

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Advent: Picture of Humility

[ Previous:  Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise ] Would we have known what true humility looked like if Jesus had come to earth in regal robes rather than swaddling clothes, in the splendor of a palace rather than stench of a stable? Perhaps the Apostle Paul would have instructed us to follow the example of Moses, […]

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Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise

[ Previous:  Advent: Making His Blessings Flow ] A few weeks before we moved out of South Florida, I injured by foot and was rendered immobile. So a dear friend did what any caring friend would do—she cooked dinner for our family. We tried, we really did, but we simply couldn’t swallow any of the food […]

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