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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2007’

Why is it that …

Why is it that everything feels like a SPIDER just after one scampers across your workspace? (Even if you’ve squashed the poor thing into oblivion?) Inquiring minds working hard in a basement want to know … 🙂

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Backup! Backup! Backup!

Here’s a little tip that has nothing to do with biblical peacemaking but I hope blesses you nonetheless: If you use computers for any projects, BACKUP! BACKUP! BACKUP! I shared this advice with a new friend this week and found out yesterday that she had a big ol’ computer crash on Thursday and would have lost ALL of her work …

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Couldn’t we just give them a BREAK?!

The next time someone fails to meet our expectations and desires … Isn’t quite as friendly and warm as we’d like … Doesn’t say the right thing or do the right thing or even look the right way to us … I wonder: Couldn’t we just give them a BREAK?! You know–cut them some slack. Give them the benefit of …

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A Ten Year-Old Reminds Us of the Gospel

I think I’ve only quoted my own book (Peacemaking Women) once on this blog so far … so I hope you don’t mind if I do so tonight. I’ve just been remembering a sweet story that Judy told in Chapter 1 about her daughter’s explanation of the gospel–and I thought it might be an encouragement to all of us as …

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Counter-Cultural Beauty (HT SoloFemininity!)

Many thanks, again, to Carolyn McCulley! This dear and wise sister continues to hit it out of the park on her blog, SoloFemininity.com. Quoting Michael Lawrence on counter-cultural beauty, she posted this: “Finally, immerse yourself in a counter-cultural understanding of beauty. I stand by what I said at the beginning: Beauty is culturally determined and we cannot escape our culture. …

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Does it sound like I’m the worst person in the world?

So do you think that I am the worst person in the whole world when I tell you that I am hyper-crazy-Tara-vigilant about staying off of people’s home-based business mailing lists? I never (never!) go to parties for cooking supplies, makeup, jewelry, lotions, stationery, candles … whatever. And I almost always gently request that people remove me from their mailing …

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20 years from now???

Do you remember my bestest friend, Dixie, in Illinois? And her wonderful husband and their three boys? And how (during our recent visit) I was seriously thinking about arranged marriages and praying, “Who knows?! Maybe?!” as I spent time with these absolutely amazing kids and thought of a potential husband for Sophia. 🙂 !! Well … I’ve been meaning to …

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Sugar & Healthy Food …

Isn’t it interesting how delicious healthy foods taste when you take a break from overindulging in junk foods? I’ve had a horribly stressful day and it was true grace that I didn’t sin with food (like I am sorely, sorely, SORELY tempted to do all the time). But a few minutes ago, I was genuinely hungry and I had the …

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More Search Term Fun!

Fred and I had a few chuckles last night as we looked at some of the search terms that bring people to this blog. Many of them are what I’d expect: – resolving conflict with women in a christian way – christian ladies conference planning – ways of showing love to neighbors – women and peacemaking But some just make …

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Tempted to eat …

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the basement lately. Our temperatures have been in the high 90’s and it’s just so cool down here that I really like it. Plus, I’ve been working on a big editing project, and it’s a good workspace for me. Anyway … being down here reminds me of the “summer of many surgeries” …

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