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What Do You Believe?

My family has a Christmas tradition that makes most people’s heads explode. We don’t do Santa. (I can hear the gasps from here.) Don’t get me wrong, we still talk about Santa, watch movies and read books about Santa. Heck, we even go visit him. But my husband and I explain to our kids that […]

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Ready for Church?

“Ready for church?” It’s a silly question, really, and to be honest, I’m not sure why I asked. I gaze upon my two small daughters as they shove pancakes into their mouths, the stringy syrup striping their pajamas. Cheeks puffed with pastries, they shake their heads. I run through the mental checklist: Clean the table. […]

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Messages

Desperation happens at least twice a week, maybe more. I mean, I love my sweet girls, but counting to 15 a billion times or rehashing the ABCs repeatedly can get a bit…well, suffocating. Monotonous at best. It’s wonderful, no doubt. And I love getting to be the one who’s there with them doing these things. Being present in […]

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Do You Measure Up?

My three-year-old loves visiting the penguins at the zoo. It’s not because of the way they waddle like her younger sister or even the way they swim up to the glass. To be honest, it’s not because of the real penguins at all. No, her favorite thing to do is stand beside the pictures of penguins that […]

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…?

As Thanksgiving fades in the rearview mirror, so many concerns have popped up about the coming of Christmas. One friend felt crushed beneath the financial burden of everyone she was “supposed” to give gifts to. Another woman wrung her hands with anxiety as she dreaded her turn to host the entire family get together, consisting […]

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What Kind of Follower Are You?

So when I tell people I’m a follower of Jesus, I don’t just mean I click on a blue thumbs up and continue casually through my day. I don’t intend to check in on Him occasionally…after I’ve caught up on all the other things I follow.

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Childbirth Through the Eyes of a Soon-to-be-Mom

“I am never going to have kids!” I declared decisively.  I had been awakened to the gruesome torture of childbirth that day in my middle school health class.  I watched as a small creature slowly stretched its way from a woman’s most sensitive area.  Then as the doctor yanked the being from the dark prison, […]

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Why…?

Little kids often go through an inquisitive phase that wreaks havoc on their parents’ hairlines.  “Why?” they ask.  Not once.  Not twice.  Always. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do dogs bark?” “Why does Melissa get to watch R-rated movies and I don’t?” Fortunately my parents’ brown locks still sprout from their scalp, refusing to […]

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Is Christianity Simply Science Fiction?

In a society domineered by an insatiable hunger for the undead and a fancy for all sorts of science fiction, I can’t help but see the similarities between my faith and this fantastical fad.  I turn to scripture and find miraculous works of magic, supernatural powers, and an eternal battle between good and evil.  From […]

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Fed by Feedback

Lemon trees bared fruit beneath the bluish fluorescent lights of the underground garden.  A large tank held tiny, graceful lives and the black Himalayan liked to snatch them.  Now Bailey, the one-year-old cat, sauntered through the basement and clawed the cushion of the only open chair.  Her black hair stretched outward, like a porcupine whose […]

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