“The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.” ~ Proverbs 11:25 ~ Watering is time-consuming, and it can be expensive. It can seem like a waste, quite frankly. However, there’s something refreshing about the healthy green of a yard, feeling the soft grass under my feet instead […]

No Need to Edit?

All week long I’ve been thinking about Moses and God (not my dog Moses, but the Old Testament of the Bible Moses). We learn that Moses was a friend of God and that God spoke clearly to him. What does that mean? This is what it means to me. With my closest friends I can […]

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Joyful Prayers

Have you ever prayed for your “enemy” because you knew it was the right thing to do? Because it’s the biblical, christian thing to do? But the whole time you did it your heart was struggling to be loving, and you felt bad because no matter how you tried, the prayer was still selfish and […]

Sleep-Overs and Excellence

>Tonight is my daughter’s first sleep-over experience. She’s not the one actually sleeping-over, her little friend is coming here, but she’s been talking of nothing else since last week when we decided to make a date of it. The first sleep-over I remember was when I went to stay at my friend Melissa’s house out […]

Love, Betrayal and Heartache

>Sophia, you’ve settled your heart on a little boy for the first time. Embarrassment is normal; that’s okay. But don’t let the difficulties of “love” rob you from the joys of loving deeply and freely in the future. Your heartache will pass; you’ll grow stronger and wiser. Own your emotions and be proud of your […]

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Thank You and No Fluff

>A couple weeks ago I was worrying just a bit about the quality of ministry at our church. I can’t lead worship, so I cut a few Cd’s with some worship songs that seemed to fit the people of the church. So, we 6 sing to the strains belted out of my little “ghetto blaster” […]

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Friends I’ve Left Along the Way

>We set up permanent residence here in North Dakota in the middle of March. I can’t believe we’ve already been here 4 1/2 months, some days; however, on days like today, it seems we’ve been here forever already. Why? Because at this time next week, I’ll be livin’ it up with my friends back in […]

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>How would I do community if the organized church–Real Life, 1st Methodist, Grace Lutheran, Nampa 1st, ALL those places–ceased to exist? How would I go about gathering and finding a community if I could no longer rely on others to create it for me? I have wrestled with this question quite a bit for quite […]

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>Tonight was the monthly Bunco night with the ladies from church. I don’t know why I like Bunco so much–it’s a mindless game of chance–but I do. Heaven knows, as do all my chicas, that I can’t carry on a conversation and keep score at the same time, nor can I talk and focus on […]

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Neediness, Friendship and Last Night’s Christmas Party

>Needy. No one wants to be labeled as “needy.” No one. And yet when this word came up in a conversation last night, I was momentarily mortified that I might be experienced as such. After all, I did hog a friend of mine the moment she came through the doors to a Christmas party we […]

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