My 3:30 AM Husband

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True confession: I have a slight case of bigamy going.Relax. I've never actually met my other "husband" in person. Though I have been married to the same man since 1979, I have logged quite a few hours over the years—usually between midnight and 5 a.m.—with my other “husband”, Peter Francis Geraci.Mr. Geraci is a Midwestern bankruptcy lawyer who runs TV commercials in the long hours between midnight and dawn. Let's be honest. Our one-way relationship (he talks and I listen) would never wo … [Read more...]

Into The (Uncertain) Future

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I attend a women's Bible study at a church near my home. This fall, we'll be looking at how God works in the process of transition in our lives. We're using the book of Ruth, along with some of the psalms her grandson David wrote, as the foundation for the study. I'm looking forward to facilitating three of the sessions for this thoughtful, reflective group.In a lovely little convergence, I was asked to write a short devotional (below) on the theme of transition for the most recent Caspari … [Read more...]

The Transformative Heart Of ‘What Not To Wear’

I hear voices in my head if I'm tempted to run to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things dressed in my work-at-home uniform of an oversized T-shirt, sweats and well-worn Birkenstocks. Those voices say things like, "Why are you going out in public in that schlumpy, sad sack of an outfit? Have you learned nothing at all from a decade of watching our TV show?"Beyond a mere makeover show, TLC long-running What Not To Wear explores the emotion and esteem issues behind our clothing c … [Read more...]

A Single Woman’s Prayer

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Yesterday, I heard one of the bravest confessions I've ever heard in public. The church we attend has a space in the service for people to share their own written prayers of lament or celebration. Most are heartfelt, and a couple have been quite remarkable. Last summer, an expression of pain from a mom whose baby died shortly after birth stuck echoed inside of me for days, and helped me understand how to pray for this young couple.During Sunday morning's service, a woman just a few years … [Read more...]

What Courage Looks Like

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I don't really resonate with examples of courage that include mountain climbing, wire walking or jumping out of airplanes. I do respect those who have the ability to silence their own common sense so they can choose to push beyond their own limits mentally and physically, but they do not inspire me to exercise my own courage muscles by white water rafting or skiing a double black diamond trail.I admire those who find themselves in impossible circumstances and survive against all odds. … [Read more...]

Big Kids, Big Prayers

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Little kids, little problems...big kids, big problems?When I was a young parent of three kids born in the span of 36 months, a few people passed this bit of homespun wisdom on to me. I suppose they were trying to give me a heads' up that toilet training and chicken pox and tantrums (theirs, and yeah, occasionally mine) were relatively simple problems compared the challenges moms and dads faced at adolescence and beyond. But those "little problems" weren't small to me. I'd never before … [Read more...]

Exodus International And The Opportunity to Look Ourselves In The Mirror

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"Heterosexuality will not get you into heaven." – Pastor Tim Keller (HT Katelyn Beaty) Yesterday's apology from Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus International, followed by the announcement that the organization would shut down, has sparked emotional reaction from many quarters. Google the story if you're looking for a sampling of what people are saying today.I don't want to add lots more words to this conversation, but I do want to make a few quick observations for those of us " … [Read more...]


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