Category Archives: Deflecting the Weapon of Discouragement

Forgetting…and Remembering

Today the whispers of memory are cloaking my heart. As I release tangible things to other people by donating, toss others into the trash, and prepare my home for new owners and memory-makers, there is a reluctance and sadness hovering. … Continue reading

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Relief Sometimes Arrives in the Dark

After the long days waiting, long past the verdant suppleness of promise that bloomed in spring, beyond the brown and dusty dryness of our summer, when each frond despaired of relief, it comes steady. In the dark before dawn, the … Continue reading

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This Morning is for Stretching

The air is damp, the crickets’ song steady, and the rooster is happy as usual while the grey veil of night lingers before day. It is in this quiet spot, I am leaning toward my Maker, seeking to affirm His … Continue reading

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Stormy Seasons: Hold On to the Promises

I had the blessing and privilege of God walking me through lessons to share for September’s New England Ladies’ Retreat recently. Several have asked that I share my notes. It seemed easier to clean them up a bit and post … Continue reading

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When You Need a Valentine Every Day

Yesterday, a sweet-faced and gentle-spirited student of mine carefully carried a beautiful orchid and little box of chocolates into school and left them on my desk for me to find. His family takes every opportunity heralded by Hallmark to bless … Continue reading

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More than Death and Taxes

Today I am thinking about what we can really count on in this life. There aren’t many things that are a sure thing. Yes, death, taxes. What else? That we will eventually be hungry again–hungry for food, hungry for time, … Continue reading

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Deep Roots

I’m sitting here in dark quiet, gathering strength for the hours ahead, arming myself with God’s righteousness for what comes in this day …and I spill an entire mug of coffee all over my already-dressed-for-work self. At rapid speed, the … Continue reading

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