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Loving Confrontation Will Not Ultimately Harm (Even if It Hurts)

(After my last post, I wanted to re-read Judy Dabler’s wisdom on this topic in our book, “Peacemaking Women.” And after I did, I thought you might enjoy it too. So here you are … “Gently Restore As difficult as it is, sometimes we are called to go humbly to the people who have wronged us in order to help …

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Sinful Silence

Talking with someone about an apparent sin or temptation has to be one of the most difficult things to do in all of life. It’s one thing to do so in a conciliation case when you’re serving as a mediator. It can still be difficult, of course, but the people have invited you into their lives to serve you in …

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Trial & Triumph, Little Daisy, and Poetry Poetry Poetry

Oh, we had a fun morning of schooling around here. (Using the term “schooling” in the rough sense of the word—really, just life.) We three Barthel girls cuddled in bed in our pj’s, read our Bible, reviewed our catechism questions, sang a hymn (Ella LOVED that!), started a new book that we already adore and can’t wait to get back …

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Thinking of Teachers Who Make a Difference

Yet again, what “is known” (by whom?) as the “most forwarded poem ever” (the numbers of such a descriptor boggle the mind, don’t they?) has completely slipped past me until this morning. But I can see why it’s earned such a moniker. And listening to it brought me immediately back to Mrs. Adams 3rd grade class at Cork El, Mr. …

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Worst Enemy for a Pastor

Challies.com linked to an excellent post over at HeadHeartHand—Leadership for Servants: The Pastor’s Worst Enemy Although particularly directed at pastors, his insights into the consequences and the cure are helpful for all of us. Plus, this brief article gives us some great reminders for encouraging and praying for our own pastors. (And thanking God for leaders who lead with genuine …

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Easiest Way to Evangelize Your Neighborhood

Would you please pray for my friend, A.B., this week as she is taking her family through the “Peacemaker Clubs VBS” with the hopes of (possibly) serving her neighborhood by hosting a “backyard club” sometime in the future? This is the second friend I know who has done this, and I really want to keep on encouraging you all to …

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Happy Palm Sunday!

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Skiing & “Big Fred”

Who knew there was a run at Red Lodge Mountain called “Big Fred”? Not I, said the little red hen. But Soph and Fred had a great day skiing yesterday and sent me this photo mid-day: Ella and I had a nice, quiet day together. And I did make some progress on the school room chaos, so that’s great. One …

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Contagious Comfort and Mercy of God

OK. I’ve said “must read” way too much lately. But seriously! This is a must read. But be forewarned—you’ll see again so clearly how this world is not the way it’s supposed to be; you’ll need some tissues; but you’ll also be reminded that God is so good! And one day, He is going to make things whole again. In …

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Confession and the Lord’s Supper

I enjoy so many aspects of my relationship with Sophia as she grows older. To be sure, I was blessed by the baby / toddler / preschooler stages too—lots of work! But lots of joy. But I have to say, there is something tremendously interesting about being in this precious little girl’s life day after day; really getting to know …

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