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Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2012’

The Remnants of Shame

You know … the longer I live, the more convinced I am that there really is only one battle in all of life. It is the battle; the battle of the ages. And we just live it out over and over again in various contexts—the privacy of our own thinking; our relationships at work and in the home and in the church; …

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One Way to De-Stress Your Pastor or Leader

I loved this (very brief) post by Ron Edmondson: One Way to De-Stress Your Pastor or Leader What a great point! The only thing I would add would be to also be mindful of the TIME you are really asking for. I’m not a pastor or church leader, but because of my opportunities to serve at various women’s events around the nation, …

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Riverfront Park in Autumn

We love autumn in Billings—especially Riverfront Park. Even at its low point, the Yellowstone River is beautiful …                                              

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Je m’appelle pasta.

After only two music lingua classes with Mme. Nancy, Ella was all set to teach Fred some French: “Daddy? This is French.” (And then she pointed to her lasagna and said …” “Je m’appelle pasta.”  🙂 Tres bien, little Mlle. Ella.

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Grateful

This afternoon, I am grateful for: Pastors who preach the whole counsel of Scripture and friends who welcome my daughter without hesitation to sit with their family while Fred and I serve in the nursery Adorable babies to snuggle with and change and the time to get to know them and another (youth worker approved) sister in Christ who I …

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People are lured into church by hearing the language of intimacy and authenticity …

From one of my favorite books published this year … William P. Smith’s Loving Well Even If You Haven’t Been: “People are lured into church by hearing the language of intimacy, authenticity, and genuineness, but when they experience their absence, they are left feeling even more hurt than before. They had hoped finally to find a safe place where they could …

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So engrossed in this sermon that I forgot to cross the street …

Lilikoi and I were enjoying a beautiful, crisp fall day walk this morning when I confused a bunch of drivers (and Lili) by hitting the crosswalk button at our (busy for Billings) corner of Grand and 8th and then forgetting to cross with the light. I was utterly engrossed in Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile’s sermon on biblical manhood (that you can …

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I cannot WAIT to share this with Fred this December—the man who has taught me more about GRACE than anyone else in my life.

I saw the touring Broadway production of Les Miserables back in the 1980’s (multiple times) and I could never have well expressed its themes of law, grace, and redemption back then … but each time, I wept with grief and gratitude. And I did again today, just watching this trailer for December’s BEST. DATE. NIGHT. EVER: I can’t wait to …

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Nightmares and Nearly Utter Sleeplessness (for 72+ hours now …)

Whenever I think about it, I chuckle quietly to myself … On Tuesday, a friend asked me how I was sleeping (because I frequently have insomnia and other sleep troubles) and I replied, “Great!” And I was. Up ’til then. For just over two months, I had been delightfully free from fear upon going to bed because (thankfully!), I just …

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Home Sweet Hilton

We slept in on Monday and had a leisurely morning in a very nice Hilton in Wyoming …

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