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The theme for the Oregon Christian Writers Spring Conference in Eugene this year: “Unwrapping Your Bigger Story!”– How do we frame unfulfilled prophecy in terms of stewarding what God calls “imminent” when it seems like we’re going into overtime? I had unmet financial goals, and wondered when God was going to come through for my […]

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I bounced up to the podium in the conference room at last week’s Toastmasters meeting. “Get lost!” I announced. “I hope you get lost.” I launched into a story about getting lost in a corn maze at a pumpkin patch in October. I delivered the speech, leaning into lyric poetry, sure I was on a roll. “The […]

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“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). A couple of weekends ago, sun blazing in the blue sky overhead, my 24-year-old daughter, Emily, five-year-old grandson, Logan, his two-year-old sister, Paige, and I set out for Sauvie’s Island Pumpkin Patch to make a memory. Rosy images of […]

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One Sunday morning, at church, I danced and twirled and worshiped, filled with childlike Jesus-joy. But when the music ended and the speaker began, inwardly, I groaned. I loved the speaker but wanted my own chance to be up there on the platform.  Compared to their enormous following, mine was teensy. I wanted to be HEARD.  […]

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