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Going Deeper with God – “This is Not Your Battle to Fight”

Eugene Peterson’s book Eat this Book teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. Our Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. These stories from the battlefields of … Continue reading

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Living in Realistic Optimism: Hope

When I worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, I collaborated on educational programming with a psychologist who taught “realistic optimism.” He encouraged people to be practical about coping with their diagnosis, dealing with symptoms, and planning their futures. For … Continue reading

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What’s Your Tribe?

LIVING AS APPRENTICES What tribe do you belong to? If you live where I do, your original tribe was probably Dutch or English.  Now our area is made up of many tribes attempting to share the same space. In an … Continue reading

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‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple – Thanksgiving, 2014

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I was  in the process of sending an on-line card to some friends for Thanksgiving Day when I ran across the song Simple Gifts. This lilting melody always charms me and creates a longing for simpler living, simpler … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Views

LivingasApprentices reached 10,000 views on August 23. (This does not mean 10,000 viewers – most viewers view more than one post when the check out the blog.) Thanks to all of you who have joined the journey of becoming like … Continue reading

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When Helping Hurts

LIVING AS APPRENTICES I have shared a lot recently about my life as a co-dependent enabler. I talk about the years in my past when I (subconsciously) sought out needy people with the goal of “fixing” them. I point out … Continue reading

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Where are You? (Revisited)

Note:  Recently I was poking around in the archives of this blog and noticed the following blog, published on January 21, 2013.  I’m re-posting it now because this blog has many new readers who might not have seen it.  My … Continue reading

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Let the Little Children Come unto Me?

I’M JUST SAYIN’ Many Americans are incensed about the flood of undocumented children and teens crossing the Texas/Mexico border and are calling for them all to be “sent back.” Consider the following: 1.  Many of these children have been sent … Continue reading

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