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“Hiddenness is the place of purification.  In hiddenness we find our truest selves.”    Henri Nouwen One of my mentors tells the story about how one day on a walk in a familiar urban area, she stumbled upon a hidden garden tucked away right off the main road with a stunning pond covered with blossoming […]
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For the first decade of our marriage, I was always a little skittish when the topic of calling came up.  As a full time stay-at-home mom with 3 kids under three, married to a crazy, gifted visionary exploring his calling, I never knew where he would want to go next.  Many of his vocational dreams […]
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My hubby and I are heading into a new phase of differentiation again.  Sigh.  You know those times where you realize where you are going, isn’t exactly where your spouse is going (at least not now) and you start to feel out of synch with each other? We get out of synch for a variety […]
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2016 will go down as quite a year in history.   The radical shifts that are happening globally are indicative of major shifts in the spiritual realm as well… if we have eyes to see.  Before we jump into the next year, may I encourage you to do a personal inventory of what God may have […]
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The stories of advent are among my favorite when it comes to exploring calling on our lives.  Men and women walking their everyday lives… priests, young girls, old women, shepherds, astronomers– going about their lives on the treadmill of whatever the equivalent of the “American dream” was for a middle Eastern Jew… get yourself a wife […]
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It has been my lot in life to straddle the political fence.  My mom is a Republican, pro-life, conservative Christian.  My dad was a pro-choice, new-age kind of liberal Democrat.  Maybe that’s why I perpetually find myself too liberal for the conservative circles and too conservative for the liberal circles. At any rate, I’ve spent […]
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I know we are all tired of the political conversations.    But I have to confess, I turned a corner last week and started feeling (dare I say it?!)…. Hopeful. The American church has been diseased for quite some time (God bless her).   I say this as both an insider having grown up in […]
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A handful of times in our lives you will find yourself in the midst of a perfect life storm. Usually there is a precipitating crisis:   Cancer.  Infidelity.  Bankrupcy.  Infertility.  A shattered dream.  Depression.  A major accident.  Divorce.   But it’s not usually just one major thing imploding… it’s a half dozen crises on multiple frontal at […]
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For a few short months when my children were young, we took in four sisters whose mother was unable to care for them because of mental illness.  They ranged from 6 years old to 16 years old— remarkable and resilient young girls, though threadbare from years of neglect.  The first night that I tucked in […]
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A few years ago, I was in a season of confronting a lie I had internalized from the time I was very young.   Frankly, I felt like I had rooted out that lie several times before (and I had!).   I would feel incredible freedom then suddenly in a different situation – bam– the lie would […]
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