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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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Not long ago, I ran across this five-year-old Jewish kid sporting grass-stained denim carpenter’s overalls and a grape juice moustache. All I really need to know about how to live I learned from Jesus in kindergarten. Wisdom is not at the top of a mountain But on the playground In a pile of wood chips […]

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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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Nikes primed on my feet, knee bent to the ground, the sole of my foot pressed against the starting block, I spread my fingers onto the coarse track. The starting pistol punctures the morning air with an explosive boom! In the race of life, I wish I could say that I’m so amazing, running with Jesus, […]

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So what happens when Mrs. Hare spots a cute little hamster across a classroom and scoops up the little fellow? She zooms him around the room, belting out “A Whole New World,” much to the merriment of the third grade class. Have a bit of fun with Co-Co and play around with spontaneous Jesus-joy!  How […]

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Here’s a bit of fun with Co-Co, my nickname for the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Counselor, who warms you up like a cup of cocoa.   Today the Holy Spirit is highlighting the verse, “He who began a good work in you will complete it” (Phi. 1:6). Today, I’m feeling anything but complete!  I’m meeting […]

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda. I thought I kicked them to the curb years ago. But it looks like the Huey, Dewey, and Louie of the kingdom of darkness are still kickin’ it. Grrr! Do you second-guess yourself as often as I do? Easter Sunday, Emily and I went to Ben’s church, Beaverton Foursquare Church, to see […]

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In Jesus is a wonderful, reckless, irrational love. Do I deserve it? No. Do I want more of it? Yes. How about you? Allow your soul to soak in the cadence of this song about an unearned, never-ending, reckless God-love that leaves the 99 to pursue you.This is my new favorite song! Reckless Love by Cory […]

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