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We Surrender to Win – Guest Post

This is a guest post. The writer wishes to remain anonymous. I grew up in a family where it was considered important to always “be right;” we were often corrected for any mistakes in speech or behavior. This bred a strong … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Discipline of Washing Dishes

I was making breakfast when I noticed that the kitchen sink was clogged up.  How in the world did that happen overnight?!  I could see my vision of an orderly day going “down the drain.” I turned the garbage disposal on … Continue reading

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“Crank up your Volume”

This is not a political blog site, but Christians live in a highly politicized atmosphere in all parts of the globe  including America.  The politics of a nation are the purview of a blog site whose title is Living as … Continue reading

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Spiritual Withdrawal Symptoms

The dictionary definition of the term withdrawal is “the act of taking out.” Withdrawal can refer to taking money from a bank, removing your name from consideration for committee or a job, or leaving a college class. The most frequent … Continue reading

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Being “Reasonably Happy”

This blog is home to more than 660 posts.  Occasionally I re-blog a post that seems particularly important for life in 2017.  This post was first posted on February 19, 2015. When I  worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, … Continue reading

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Becoming a Gritty Christian

I’m “back in the saddle again,” co-leading a group studying Breathing Under Water, Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, by Richard Rohr. The lesson this week focused on the life-long process we engage in as we look deeply into our “private … Continue reading

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Seeing through God’s Eyes

I was enjoying a Hope College Repertory Theater production of Driving Miss Daisy last week when a statement by Hoke, the black chauffeur for a white Jewish woman, made me sit up straighter.He explained to Miss Daisy, “You can’t see what I … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with God – Telling Our Stories (Matt. 13: 11-14 MSG)

In Eat this Book, Eugene Peterson teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and put it to use in practical ways. Our Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In this passage, Jesus teaches us to tell … Continue reading

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