Celebrate

A few Christmas lights, a cup of cocoa, and a grinning community choir. Dozens of moms and dads wearing knit hats and gloves, tucked beneath rainbow-splashed umbrellas in driving rain, were ready for the tree-lighting ceremony. Saturday evening, my four-year-old grandson, Logan, clip-clopped along in his rain boots. He scrambled onto a concrete wall that […]

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When it comes to accepting ourselves greater, here is one of the best-kept secrets: there is a magic needle called joy that stitches heaven and earth together! That’s right. We can sew into our circumstances the sparklehood and twinkletivity of heaven’s colors: red, yellow, orange, purple, green, turquoise, teal, gold, silver, and a zillion other […]

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Hey, I love snow! Don’t you? What a great surprise, Papa! Check out this 2-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-xcP-6fte8 I woke up Sunday morning to remarkable snow flurries – Papa’s surprise! “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights . . . “ (James 1:17, NIV). Hey, friend, with […]

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Hello friends, I ‘m excited to share with you my most popular blog posts in 2015: Unoffendable   What if your personal track coach, the Holy Spirit, was working to improve your personal best in a race, and strategizing with you not to forgive offenses faster?   Want the insider’s track on how to win a cash prize […]

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And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit . . .  (1 Corinthians  2:13) My Christ Day prayer for you: I pray that you will experience the tangible, realized presence of Christ’s power in your home and marketplace; that you’d discover fresh forgiveness for yourself and others; […]

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Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.                                         (Psalm 29:2, NIV) What makes Jesus applaud? Wednesday, August 12, at the Oregon Christian Writers  Cascade Writing Awards Ceremony in Portland, I had the privilege of winning three […]

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This week’s post is Upheld in Reflected Glory by Linda Jo Reed. This marvelous entry took third place in The 45th Parallel Contest 2015. <><><><><><><><><><> Oh, glorious January day! Who would have thought it would be sunny in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of winter? My friend and I visited Pend Oreille Lake in Sandpoint, Idaho […]

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From the Hare family Ben, Jill, Emily, Lynn, Tim, Logan, and Andy

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“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17, NIV) Fireworks over the Willamette River. A flag appears in the cascading sparks.  ~ As passion-hearted disciples of Christ, we follow after a loving God who continuously declares freedom over us. Our Father doesn’t chain us to legalistic rules. He sets us […]

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I secretly call this blog post Nutcase Evangelism. In Part 1, Tim and I made a video: I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing. A crew breaking up concrete in a neighbor’s yard agreed to work a little quieter while we filmed. In fifteen minutes, I said, “That’s a wrap! Looks like we’re done.”  Papa […]

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