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Picking up the pieces at New Years

  All of us would agree that God is able put the broken pieces of our lives back together. But what if there are no pieces left? What if you’re left with shards too small to ever, ever piece back together? What if your life has been devastated by fires of...

Cleaning gutters, hanging lights, and judging others

A couple weekends ago, my son and I tackled the oh-so-lovely job of cleaning the gutters on our house, followed by the much more pleasant task of hanging Christmas lights. (For those of you new to my blog, I love Christmas. Our house and deck are completely encircled...

When God’s ways are hidden

  In October my family took a trip to Moab, Utah, for my brother’s wedding. While planning the visit I discovered that Moab is the home of Arches National Park, which immediately went to the top of the list of things we must see while there. Because our time in...

The transforming power of a grateful heart

I wasn’t exactly mad, but neither was I thrilled with my friend’s suggestion. It was my first Thanksgiving overseas. I was homesick for my family, missing all the holiday traditions I dearly loved, and horribly sick with all-day sickness. (I refuse to call...