Posts By: dukeslee


Monday 15th January 2018

Be a Doris

Be a Doris

Doris was our pastor’s wife in the early 1980s. When I called her house — often looking for my mom — it was from our old rotary phone in the kitchen. It was the kind of phone with a twirly cord that could stretch the length of a room. Doris didn’t know who was calling, of course, because in the ...

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Tuesday 9th January 2018

Whatever You’re Facing Now, Give it 24 Hours First

Whatever You're Facing Now, Give it 24 Hours First

What we all need is this: to take a little time. But what we do instead is this: spend that time fearing what’s next. “What a difference a day makes.” That’s what I’ve learned in the last two and a half weeks since we first took Mom to the emergency room. Let me ...

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Tuesday 19th December 2017

The Real Problem with Saying “Merry Christmas”

The Real Problem with Saying "Merry Christmas"

It’s that time of year, when a little ruckus rises up over whether we ought to tell one another “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” By now, folks have analyzed the latest Starbucks coffee mug designs. We noticed whether our friends’ greeting cards were ...

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Friday 15th December 2017

What We’re All After This Christmas, So Let’s Make It Happen.

What We're All After This Christmas, So Let's Make It Happen.

A mama snuggled next to her daughter, before bedtime prayers, and she asked the questions — “Do you remember that year, when you had your birthday party? The one at the roller-skating rink?” Yeah. The girl remembered. How could she forget? There were disco balls shimmering overhead, and there ...

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Tuesday 12th December 2017

for anyone living in a winter season of the heart

for anyone living in a winter season of the heart

The Longing of a Wintered Soul By Amy Breitmann & Tammy Hendricksmeyer Creation brags of God’s goodness. It testifies as well as any evangelist. But often when winter arrives, we pine for days of spring and long for change. Spring is bold and perhaps, obnoxiously cheerful. In spring, ...

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room

Recently, we went to an outdoor, live nativity. I felt that familiar Christmas lump rising up in my throat, as the actors played the parts of the familiar characters. A REAL BABY played the part of Jesus, in swaddling cloths. So precious. As I sat there on the risers, in my parka, I kept ...

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Tuesday 28th November 2017

You don’t get to know the time

You don't get to know the time

A few months ago, I stood at a podium, looking out on an audience of Christian writers and bloggers. While speaking, I could see such eagerness in the women — wide eyes, pens poised, leaning forward. My view of the audience left me on the verge of tears. Why? Because I had been in their ...

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Is Jesus Really “Enough?”

Is Jesus Really "Enough?"

The road that carries me between our house and Mayo Clinic has become a familiar one over the last two years. I took that road once again last week, because sadly, Dad needed more of his right leg amputated. (It’s a long story, and we’d love your prayers.) The morning of surgery, I ...

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