Category Archives: Living as Apprentices

Becoming Michelle Obama

Many months ago, before the book was even published, I put a hold on  Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, at my public library. This week, it was finally my turn be immersed in one of the best autobiographies I have ever … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday Devotional: Being with God

In her book Firstlight, Sue Monk Kidd relates this charming story: “One evening as I sat in the rocker working on a piece of needlepoint, I got one of those feelings of being watched.  Looking up, I saw my five-year-old … Continue reading

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Bouncing Back – Resilience

For the last month my husband has been critically ill.  I have become a nurse.  Wellness is not only the main topic in our home, it has become the main topic of most e-mails and phone calls from family and … Continue reading

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Overcoming Spiritual Withdrawal Symptoms

As I struggle with some old narratives (especially “life should be fair)  while caring for my sick husband, I remembered this blog first published on August  6, 2017. It focuses on the importance of dealing with residual emotions when we … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Lost Fred

Note:  Recently I was poking around in the archives of this blog and noticed the following blog, published on January 21, 2013. I re-posted it again on   August 9, 2014. Now my husband is again seriously ill, and I’m realizing … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Many people in churches today don’t have a sense of community and in order to get a sense of community, church leaders start gathering people up and giving them jobs.  We’ve lost a talent for relationship and showing interest in … Continue reading

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Down Time

This post was written almost exactly 5 years ago, when western Michigan was pummeled by a winter snow storm.  The lessons I learned from the “down time” have stuck with me. ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦ I am snowed in … Continue reading

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Transformed Lives Transforming the World in 2019 – Obeying God’s Will

The will of God is not a ‘fate’ to which we must submit, but a creative act in our life that produces something absolutely new . . . . . Our cooperation consists not solely in conforming to external laws, … Continue reading

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