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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For Better or for Worse

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess,” said Oscar Wilde prophetically of 21st century Western youth. Well, he didn’t exactly say this regarding youth in the West, but his words remain true just the same. We live in a time when our heroes are created by media recognition, their outstanding characteristics being such […]

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Caterpillar in a Ring of Fire

Not too long ago we were introduced to a spiritual exercise called “The Tongue Assignment.” In a nutshell, you take one week and refrain from all of the following: complaining, criticizing, blame shifting, boasting, deceiving, gossiping, and defending yourself. It just so happened that we were packing for a trip, so we decided to start […]

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Parenting vs. Guerrilla Warfare

Last Saturday I walked over to our local soccer field to meet up with my family. It was team picture day so various groups lined the fence in their bright-colored uniforms, looking like little escapees from a box of Crayola crayons. My eyes and ears drifted to one small boy who was refusing to cooperate, […]

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Friendship: The Tie That Binds

There’s a well-known rhyme that describes the ends of Henry VIII’s six wives—Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. Katheryn Parr, Henry’s sixth and final wife, enjoyed the sole position as a survivor. What’s interesting about Katheryn was her commitment to the “new faith” that was spreading through Europe and England. Katheryn brought piety to the […]

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5 Sure Ways to Lose Your Peace

Do you get the sense that things are quickly spinning out of control in the contemporary climate in which we live? At the moment, the headlines from Charlottesville are being overtaken by the terrorist attack in Spain. Headlines and news bites vie in the arms race for our attention but more often than not serve […]

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Friendly Fire

We’re both soldiers at arms. We both enlisted in the same army. We do differ by rank but we report to the same commanding officer. The rules of engagement lie safely in our battle packs, our hearts, and our minds. We are one army with one battle plan. Suddenly, my chest contracts and I’m struggling […]

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Testaments

The process always began on Saturday evening. If something needed to be ironed, out came the old wood-legged ironing board my mother received as a wedding present. The surface was stacked with decades of re-padding, but its form was narrow, which made it so much easier for my little hands to maneuver sleeves and cuffs […]

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