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Mar 25 2016

Savoring Friendship & Cookies

It was obviously an early day of spring. Grey clouds and blinding sunshine danced together. Robins were bouncing happily around outside while it rained. The fire roared in our living room stove, schoolwork was spread on the table, the baby was fussing, and the big kids were doing anything but focusing on their books. I […]

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Mar 23 2016

The New Commandment

This morning over at Olive Tree, I have the privilege of sharing some thoughts on the new commandment Jesus gave His disciples before He was captured. After Judas left Jesus and the other disciples at the table in the upper room, some of my favorite parts of the Holy Week narrative take place. They are […]

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Mar 02 2016

Photo Challenge, Week Nine

Week Nine: Shadows This week’s inspiration of shadow takes on a visceral, gutteral frame for me. You’ll notice I ended up with a black and white version of my own shadow on a stony path. Shadow is the absence of light. Or at least the blocking of light. I have spent years feeling lost in […]

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Feb 25 2016

Bliss-Full

I had expected to feel defeated. To wake up every day still longing for more. That’s the honest truth. But when someone said to me at the mall on my birthday (and maybe it’s simply because, who honestly goes shopping at posh J.Jill during naptime with four little kids in tow?!), you certainly have your hands full after […]

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Feb 16 2016

Life as SAHM is (More Than) Enough

I praise my King, that He and His grace are sufficient (which means not only enough, but completely and totally filling it up to all the corners!) even for the moments where I muse about the following… where I wonder about myself and my work… where I ask Him, is it enough? and am I […]

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Feb 16 2016

Life in Ellipses

I know there are lots of jobs that dictate a life and routine with a rinse & repeat nature. Truly, that is how God created the world. Even He seems to live within a refrain ~ times and seasons, which are necessarily repetitious. It clearly does not mean that a repetitious, cyclical job is not […]

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Dec 22 2015

Adventing Still

What a glorious time Advent is! And I’ve been too caught up in the business of Adventing that I haven’t been taking the time to write about it. Of course traditionally (so we have been hearing, especially, in the Anglican tradition) it is a season not unlike Lent. Advent prepares for Christmas like Lent prepares […]

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Nov 30 2015

First Week of Advent ~ Hope

When do we most need hope? In hopelessness. That is when we feel lack of hope most acutely. It is when we need to have our eyes opened to real hope. “A prison cell in which one waits, hopes,… and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened […]

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Oct 24 2015

Pregnant with a Rainbow, Part IX

Praying, when you are Pregnant-After-Loss(es) I have written before about praying when you are pregnant, both here on Joyful Domesticity and in the Rainbows & Redemption devotional I helped write & edit a few years ago. ~…~…~…~ Desire and surrender are the perfect balance to praying. ~Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life, p123~ ~…~…~…~ And […]

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Sep 01 2015

Irrigating Deserts

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. ~C. S. Lewis~ We need to take special care to tell stories that are ‘not suitable’ for modernists. The Bible contains dragons, giants, principalities, satyrs, and unicorns. Invariably, these get cleaned up in translation so that modernist evangelicals are […]

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