Hope, One Word

Where Hope Grows

My shovel cut through the plastic bag of top soil, I couldn’t lift the weight of that bag for all my trying. Obviously it wasn’t air-tight because the soil inside was so heavy, saturated from recent rains. The weight of all of that water–I couldn’t even get it up on it’s end. I cut in…

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Hope, One Word

On Fear And Hope

And here’s how desire becomes corrupt: wanting derails into selfishness, greed and demanding ingratitude when we’ve failed to reorganize and receive the good that God has already given. Trust is at the center of holy desire: trust that God is good and wills good for his people. We trust in asking; we trust in receiving.…

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Hope, One Word

Hope For The New Year

It’s been nearly 3 weeks since our dog died. Between my son’s birthday and Christmas, I didn’t write about it here, but mentioned it in my Christmas letter. Christmas eve, I took the kids to visit their great-grandmother, whose health had been slipping, and on New Year’s day, she too slipped through the veil. I’m not sure…

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Growth, One Word

One Word To Change Everything

When I discovered the One Word concept in place of New years resolutions, I think my soul took a deep breath. I have a long track record of broken resolutions in my past and so choosing only one word in the new year felt like a more manageable option–at the very least, I felt like I…

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Journey, One Word

One Word for 2013

For the last two years I have participated in the whole “one word” idea. In 2011, my word was obedience–and what a year that was.For 2012, my word was Trust. Both times I prayed about my word and God amazed and humbled me with how each of these words truly did somewhat define the overall…

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Five Minute Friday, Grace, Growth, One Word, Struggle, Trust

It’s Friday, just a couple minutes into the new day and my eye lids droop with exhaustion, my feet hurt from the miles I’m trying to run, literally, figuratively–in every way, I am worn out. But I’ve got five minutes, and I’m sure you do too, so we’re gonna let ‘er rip, set these pent…

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Five Minute Friday, Growth, One Word, Struggle, Trust, warfare

It’s Friday. With another illness sneaking through my house this week (strep throat) I am breathing a half-hearted sigh of both relief and frustration. It is, what it is. While it feels as if we will never be well, I know that is not true, so we are just cruising through this season of germs…

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