I Made a New Friend

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I made a new friend recently. Not the kind you meet at the park, play with, go your separate ways, and rarely see again.   No, it was the kind of friend that C.S. Lewis identified when he said, “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”   This week, I made a “you, too” friend. I got together with someone I had encountered weekly but never actually spent meaningful time with. I had been tiptoeing around the idea of inviting her over for awhile, unsure if she would … [Read more...]

He Remembers Our Frame

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  At some point with each of my five children, I have fallen into the temptation to treat them like they are older and more mature than they actually are. The first time I was conscious of this, I had three boys ages 3 and under. My middle son was talking by 18 months and could identify the letters in the alphabet by 21 months. And sometime after I had our third baby, I allowed his abilities to distract me from his frame and I created a habit of treating my middle baby as though he should behave like his older, three-year-old brother. One day, I was … [Read more...]

About Your Reputation

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My sweet friend sat curled up on my couch and between sips of tea, told me how worried she was. She had been made aware that someone who had previously been a close friend was now spreading something painfully false about her. This friend had even admitted to telling people this lie, because they were so determined that "everyone should know" their version of this false narrative. She couldn't hold back her fear that all the people who heard this slander would start believing it. She was already devastated over the loss she had suffered up to this point, and worried … [Read more...]

For the Late-Blooming Souls

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  My backyard meets up with a wide landscape nursery, so for the past eleven years, I've enjoyed seasonal changes on display. My favorite time of year is right now, mid-September, when everything is halfway between green and gold as though fall is taking a deep breath and isn't ready to finish converting all the foliage yet. About five years ago, we planted two quaking aspen trees in the back yard and they're quite tall now. Since we planted them, I've come to love the one on the right more than the one on the left. They're the same height, breadth, and … [Read more...]

GraceLaced by Ruth Chou Simons

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Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. (And then I went and bought a bunch of copies to give away to my friends and family.)     A few years ago, I came across some beautiful artwork that wove Scripture verses with watercolor in a way that brought the words to living color. It was breathtaking and I couldn't wait to see more of this artist's work and to share her prints with my friends. The artist is Ruth Chou Simons and she has been sharing her art through her blog and online shoppe GraceLaced … [Read more...]