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March 2017

Anxiety from Head to Sole

My son, Judah, doesn't feel things like other kids. Most of my kids feel cold and pain immediately and address their needs. Judah will run half way up the back hill barefoot in the snow and then suddenly begin crying because his feet rightfully hurt. The point here is not how I am a horrible parent who lets my kids run outside in the snow barefoot - I have my reasons, and they learn pretty quickly from mistakes. The point is that he didn't feel the pain while on the deck or in the first 10 feet of standing in the snow. It…

Floods of Trial: When God Carves You With Hardship

Have you ever sat in a rainstorm or listened to the rain pounding hard on your roof? Have you ever driven through a rainstorm and felt like buckets were being dumped nonstop and without end? Years ago, I was driving in Florida on I-75 for about six hours. It was January, and the rain was coming down in buckets. My mother and I were together in the car joking about it being Chinese water torture. The constant volume, the relentless pounding, and the only breaks were the occasional overpasses we drove beneath. Those pauses,…

The Yeast! It’s Everywhere!

One of the most well-known traditions of Passover is the removal of the yeast. In Exodus, when God commands Israel to prepare for their flight from Egypt, he tells them to remove all yeast from their homes. When I first read that passage my mind went to rolls and loaves of bread, and you think ok, that's easy enough. So I have to throw away a half-eaten loaf or two of bread, English muffins, or maybe some frozen pancakes. No biggie. Then I heard how Jews, all over the world, rid their houses of vast amounts of yeast…

Pure Religion

Religion gets a bad rap these days. The word has a negative connotation, even in the church. It brings to mind robot-like duties performed because someone told us to once, or meaningless rituals our grandparents did. Phrases like, "oh, she thinks she is so religious," and "are you one of those religious types?" come to mind. Then, of course, we have religious zealots, who are considered full-fledge nutballs. The last thing we want anyone thinking about us, is that we are religious, often correcting people that we…

Dying to Thrive

My husband said I'm stuck in survival mode. Actually he said, "you're surviving," to which I promptly agreed in excitement, because, day-to-day, you never know. But then he said me, that is not good, that I should be thriving. Suddenly, I felt like there was something wrong with me.

Enter the Gate

When I was in Kindergarten, my teacher had us memorize Psalm 100, and after 35 years, I still can quote parts of it from memory. "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth, ...know that the Lord, He is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are the sheep of His pasture... Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise...." And when I am feeling hard pressed on every side, when things are not going my way, when I don't know which way to turn next, I remember His gate and the…
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