June 17, 2011

this is not the first time someone has told me, “hey, you’re still wearing your name tag.” Strangers who would never presume to point out other social faux pas, have no qualms in pointing out this one. “Be careful,” they are sort of saying. “That nametag is an invitation for someone to talk to you, learn your name, find out about what you do. And once we’ve left the office, none of us wants that!” Read more

June 15, 2011

as we barrel into another hot summer, i’m reminded of the first glimpse i received of that sweltering sun. I didn’t know what abundance lay in store for my life here, for my family, for the church i was just getting to know. But in retrospect, there was promise in that first blazing sunrise. There is promise in every new morning, for those who seek light upon rising. Read more

June 8, 2011

Well, about this time every year, i commence whining. About the miserable desert heat, about the astronomical utility bill, about the utter lack of lightning bugs to bring an element of joy to sweltering summer nights… and maybe, most of all, about the fruitless (ha ha) search for a good tomato in the desert. Growing up in Kentucky, i was spoiled. Every May-August or so, I could go to the farmer’s market, i could count on gifts from friends’ gardens, i… Read more

June 3, 2011

AZ summer + small children means rising in the 5-5:30AM range with the sun. If you are a parent who does anything with your kid at that hour other than turn on the t.v.–then you’re a liar. The other day i turned on the last few minutes of a “Full House” rerun, before “Max and Ruby.” (That’s right. My kid gets up so early that there aren’t even cartoons on Nickelodeon yet. She’s up with the insomniacs and third-shift convenience… Read more

June 2, 2011

It’s hard teaching a 2-year-old how to share. Can i get an amen? The mantra at our house lately has been, “don’t take things away from baby brother…it makes him sad.” MIGHT be starting to sink in a bit. The other day i was getting dressed for the day, and heard the unmistakable sound of a baby playing with a plastic bag. (Parents of the Year, people! Right here!)  I hurried toward the sound to intervene…and came into the room to… Read more

June 1, 2011

I’m not much of a romantic. I don’t, for instance, remember important dates like my first date with my husband. I know it was late-May-ish, and i know that it was 10 years ago. Suddenly, today, i turn the page to June, and realize that we’ve missed our 10-year date-iversary. I may not be a romantic. But, that kind of bums me out. (Luckily, he is not such a romantic either, so neither of us is in trouble…) Since we didn’t get to… Read more

May 31, 2011

I don’t live in Joplin. I’ve never visited. I didn’t lose a loved one to the storm. But I’m visiting my own lost places this week, in simple solidarity. What are your “lost” places? Where did they go, and what is left of them? How do you embody the grace and sense of belonging that you received there. Read more

May 17, 2011

…what matters most comes with us, and all will be restored. When it is time to move on and reinvent, we have a moment to grab what is needful, what is beautiful, what is life-giving, and use it as the foundation for new life. Read more

May 14, 2011

I think what the Lord, our shepherd, would have us know is this: peace is not dependent upon our surroundings. Peace is not a result of our circumstances but often a defiance of them. Read more

May 13, 2011

“The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.”  http://www.peacepoles.com/… Read more

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