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What’s the Word? Deserving

3.03.2015 | Writing

I saw this sign at a store and I had a very strong reaction to it. (That happens a lot, actually.) What kind of a premise is this? The idea is that if I’m not content with something or someone in my life, the problem must be outside myself and I am encouraged to begin… read more

What’s the Word? Blame

27.02.2015 | Writing

We have a contractor named Joe who does some amazing work for us. Once, when we were having an issue with some lighting in our shed, Joe came out to assess the problem. “Was anyone here digging recently?” “Did someone change this?” After some time troubleshooting with Joe around the yard and in the shed,… read more

What’s the Word? Chapters

17.02.2015 | Writing

After dropping off our son at college for the first time, my husband and I realized that all of us were about to begin a new chapter in life. When one member of a group dynamic moves on to a new season, everyone connected to that person must adjust as well. That’s not a bad… read more

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What’s the Word? Stewardship

4.02.2015 | Writing

Empty, crushed soda cans and Gatorade bottles in the corners. Dirty cereal bowls piled in the kitchen sink. Unidentified stains on the ottoman. Poker chips and playing cards strewn about a sticky tile floor. Rhythmically breathing, amorphous silhouettes on the couch and carpet. The aftermath of a teenage sleepover. I never minded the loud music… read more

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What’s the Word? Squall

16.01.2015 | Writing

There’s a story in the Bible of a furious squall on a lake where Jesus’ disciples are navigating their way to the other side while Jesus sleeps. They wake him to ask, “Don’t you care if we drown?” He rebukes them and the waves, calming the chaos in both. As a fairly volatile person when… read more