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WAITING ON THE WORLD
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WAITING ON THE WORLD

I waited all day for the rain to become snow. But rain has its own deception. No matter the conditions, there are things that simply can never be. And still, we wait…sometimes from the hoping, and sometimes because of things we may never understand or even know. There have been months I have waited for...

OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES
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OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES

My brother, Kevin, who is not on social media, called me to tell me about my cousin, Vicky, who is.About my writing, Kevin said she shared with him, “My God, your sister is so dark!’”“Are you sure she said dark and not deep,” I probed?“No,” he replied. “She said dark!” We both laughed but honestly,...

MAKE UP YOUR MIND
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MAKE UP YOUR MIND

There are so many beautiful, glorious things to choose from—”Shall I marry or simply date?” “Will I live in a cottage in the country or a neighborhood surrounded by people I adore?” “Will I be more reserved or will I boldly speak my truth no matter the consequences my honesty brings?” Ah, but then there’s...

CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION
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CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

Lately, I’ve been strangely hungry for the days I endured last year. Exacting a life purpose from unexpected circumstance is precisely why I believe we were brought here… Not to fabricate or invent a reason for existence, but to celebrate existence for its own sake.In the dead of night, I quietly open my blog to...

WAKE THOU DEEDLESS DREAMER
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WAKE THOU DEEDLESS DREAMER

Wake thou deedless dreamer, lazying out a life of self-suppression, not of selfless love— From Saint Telemachus by Alfred Tennyson Every once in a collection of busy days, my Creator speaks to me while I sleep. You may be asking yourself, “How does she know?” Some of us believe our dreams are phantom bits of little pieces of...

QUIET WISDOM
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QUIET WISDOM

I have come to covet the long-stretching moments of silence that spread like a soft blanket of snow. Still, I’m troubled that no matter the effort it’s nearly impossible to silence the voices in my head. Have we arrived at a place in human history when we revere talking over thought? “Think before you speak,...

HANDS RAISED
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HANDS RAISED

I have a confession. I always peek. When I’m instructed to keep my eyes closed, I covertly raise my head just slightly and look expectantly for the hands. There in the quiet, I imagine the whole room is the muddy depths and we, every one of us, are struggling to reach toward the luminous surface,...

KIND EYES
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KIND EYES

In honor of a decade of brilliant leadership as NVC College President and nearly fifty years in the service of educating and edifying lives. I knew I wanted to marry a man that would seek me out in a crowd, whose eyes would land on me and I would sense his gaze without seeing him,...

ABSORBING THE SEASON
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ABSORBING THE SEASON

I remember as a little girl trying to reach the pedals, stretching my spindly legs as far to the edge of the bench as it would hold me, while my hands moved up and down the keys. It’s nearly miraculous to a child when she discovers the power that tiny fingers and feet possess— C,...

REFRAMING
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REFRAMING

This image may seem vaguely familiar. That’s because it was posted eleven months ago— Sometimes our transformation seasons last longer than we expect. We start the journey with a sense of anticipation, hopeful, in some ways giddy, from the recognition that something important, even seemingly Divine is happening in our lives. There’s a reason why...