Category Archives: The Prayer Closet: What God’s teaching me

Hearts Glow

This is a repost from last year which touched my heart today … “Mommy, can you hold me?”     I looked up (okay, technically I looked down) from my bowl of half-mixed blueberry pancake batter.  My three year old rubbed … Continue reading

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Tired, Mom? An Inconvenient Truth about Christmas

The Sunday after Thanksgiving found my pastor reflecting on what a wonderful weekend his family had experienced. He talked about how relaxing it had been to stay home for several days, with no pressing commitments and no people clamoring for his attention. … Continue reading

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Christmas: A Time to Rest

**This article appeared Friday at HeartoftheMatterOnline. If you’d like, you can read it there! ** In our house, Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal. Like thousands of others, my table will groan under pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: What do Peace, Wisdom, and Work Have to Do With It?

My new article is up at Homemaker’s Challenge! Here’s a teaser … “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell … Continue reading

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The Scandal of Thanksgiving: 1,000 Gifts

  In January I embarked on a mission: To write down 1,000 gifts by Thanksgiving. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s lovely, heartbreaking, beautiful book, lined pages of notebooks and decorated pages printed off the internet and invisible pages in cyberspace began to … Continue reading

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You Are Here

You Are Here You are here. Not far off in the sky somewhere Removed from all I know and bear But here. Present, breathing, watching, seeing Upholding me when the waters threaten Here.   Oh, Lord, make me mindful of … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift {Part Two}

(Read An Unexpected Gift {Part One} here!) …A surprise snowstorm was headed toward Harrisburg, and expected to leave at least six inches in its wake. “No way,” I said, basically echoing most voices in the hall. “In October?” I awoke … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Gift {Part One}

(Humor me? This is a long story, so I’m breaking it up. The second half will appear tomorrow! Thank you for grace. *link is at the bottom of this page!*) The snow had been a gift. I remember when I … Continue reading

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What Happens if you Stay Married and Get Happy

This morning, might I share with you a beautiful email I received after my articles titled, Stay Married. Get Happy posted? The writer was gracious enough to say it was okay if I shared it with you. Names have been changed … Continue reading

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Stay Married. Get Happy. {Part Two}

Part One of this set can be found here: Stay Married. Get Happy. {Part One} So, if we’re married, we have to stay that way. Because God says so, because we promised to, and because we love our kids. Does … Continue reading

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