A Season’s Gifts

Winter. In many parts of the world it is the season of rest. Nature hibernates or slows. Our winter in northern California has yet to fully rest. Today I took a walk in a warm sunshine that felt like spring, thankful while being hopeful for the blessings of rain and rest. Seasons are unpredictable, not up to us. Gifts from the Creator, they come and bring what they have. I remember visiting a...
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Expectations

Expectations. Usually I’m not conscious of how incessantly they drive my thoughts, play with my choices, nip at my perspective of myself or my relationships.  But if I make room for a shift . . . What if I live up to my expectations, my goals and dreams, my prayers and understanding of God’s love for me—instead of the expectations of others? What falls away? What remains? What truth, what gold?...
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Cherry Pits . . . and Eventually Grace

A family incident, when my children were young and when my husband and I were visiting my father, has become representative for me of my relationship with my father . . . and grace. At one of our meals, a cherry pit hit my stepmom and my father immediately blamed our children. He wouldn’t let it go even though their ten cherries and corresponding pits were accounted for. This is the same...
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Born To . . .

I just listened to a local news story about a 90-year-old woman who travels to a pediatric center every Thursday to hold babies. She is described as having a “deeply peaceful presence” as she spends her hours holding the precious little bundles. “That’s what’s important—that babies get loved.” She tells others this is what she can still do and says, “I was born to hold babies.” Simple. And...
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The Invitation of Slowing

For several years now I have sensed God’s invitation for me to slow my life and discover the richness I otherwise miss in keeping a frenetic pace. Imagine what it would be like if instead of speeding down a highway through a country setting we took time to walk the same route. What would we notice? Who might we meet? Or what if we were to stroll through a museum and pause in front of one...
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Fully You

What a difference it makes in our day, in our relationships, in our intimacy with God when we courageously live the intricacy of our unique design. ‎”Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense...
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From Thorns to Fragrance

The time in my life had been extremely difficult, and my body was physically and severely responding to the stress. A friend stopped by my house to share a gift of encouragement. With it came this quote: Note this bit of gorse bush. The whole year round the thorn has been hardening and sharpening. Spring comes. The thorn does not drop off and it does not soften. There it is, as uncompromising as...
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