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Tuesday 17th July 2012

What is a Girl to Wear?

What is a Girl to Wear?

My dim closet swells with two rows of dresses, skirts, pants, and shirts. I stand before it all, neck craned and hands on my hips. Ive got wet hair and a towel wrapped around me with that one question swirling: “What is a girl to wear?” The women at the Reformed church in town had ...

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Sunday 15th July 2012

For all the Spiritual Klutzes Out There…

For all the Spiritual Klutzes Out There...

Dear Lord, I heard You. I heard how You said You loved me anyway. How you take me as-is, but promised never to leave me that way. Did you feel that? How my tears burned at the corners of my eyes when I heard You speaking all that love over me? I heard how You whispered promises […]

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Sunday 1st July 2012

Why You Should Always Keep Kleenex in Your Car

Why You Should Always Keep Kleenex in Your Car

      Out by the thistles and the milkweed, on the gravel road that heads toward home, I knew it for sure— This grand globe is but a covering for a very near and grander Heaven. As surely as the Good Lord lives on high, He’s knocking on doors inside people’s bodies, ...

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Friday 29th June 2012

The Gift of an Open Hand {Cupping Glory}

The Gift of an Open Hand {Cupping Glory}

It’s June, in Iowa. I am here on a beach, on a little lake, remembering one  spring afternoon on a Haiti beach. It was three months ago. But I can’t forget the faces or the  bare legs of 80 orphans. I see them now, all splashing and laughing. I cry, remembering the sheer joy of it ...

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Wednesday 27th June 2012

Open the Present of You

Open the Present of You

A few small words jotted. Two open arms. One courageous voice. It’s usually the little thing, isn’t it? That’s the sort of thing that changes everything. And it’s found inside of people. The best presents in all the world come in small packages. Look to a certain manger ...

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Tuesday 26th June 2012

When You Feel Like a Bit of a Loser

When You Feel Like a Bit of a Loser

The joy of this … I am writing over at my dear friend Ann Voskamp’s place this morning. Two farmers’ wives are talking about the ways that this world can make you feel like a loser. How it all gets turned upside down, and how it feels like there’s a scorecard for ...

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Monday 25th June 2012

The Miracle of Being Alive

The Miracle of Being Alive

Anna bursts through the back door, breathless and wide-eyed. “Mommy! Paige had her kittens, and we know it’s true because she’s not pregnant anymore, and because her belly is all skinny again. I felt it.” She catches her breath and starts in again. “But we’ve ...

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Friday 22nd June 2012

What Will Heaven Be Like?

What Will Heaven Be Like?

Every time this snapshot appears on the computer’s slideshow, I can’t help but think of Heaven. My daughter and I were running in a 5K in my hometown, Marathon, Iowa. And in this shot, we are only a few steps away from the finish line. We are weary, but smiling, because we are ...

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Saturday 16th June 2012

{unto the glory} How to Catch Joy

{unto the glory} How to Catch Joy

Joy is certain proof of a God in heaven, undeniable proof that an imaginative, playful, loving God fashioned people and a planet. And I don’t want to miss it. I want to live a life catching joy, even if I don’t catch a single fish. I want to take more nature walks, eat another ...

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