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The Game Has Been Cancelled

This spring our lives revolve around baseball.  Three fields on which three boys play two games each week with one practice in between.  That is a lot of time in bleachers and equates to a lot of Big League Chew. But it also means a lot of cancelled games.  Rainy games don’t happen in baseball. … Continue reading

Are You Weighed Down?

As I read my {March} through the Psalms this morning, many words, verses and stanzas made a mark in my heart. But one in particular.  Here’s why… Monday I just felt funky.  Emotionally funky.  Spiritually funky.  Even physically funky. There was no explanation.  Nothing had necessarily happened to make me blue.  But there was an … Continue reading

Hold Up Your Vintage Bag

I stood in the kitchen a few weeks back preparing lunches for the next day. I had my assembly line of “threes” all lined up – 3 granola bars, 3 bags of veggie straws, 3 sandwiches, and 3 tiny Jazz apples all ready to fill 3 lunches for 3 hungry boys the next school day. Ethan came … Continue reading

I Have A Broken Mary

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 Brent and I came home to the boys in bed.  Miss Claire was waiting for us in the kitchen. … Continue reading

I Run For Mugs

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24 Thanksgiving morning, I woke early to stretch.  At 5:07 AM you would have found me in the living room, Bible on the floor, with my legs sunken deeply … Continue reading

The Reason I Gave Up Gum

I should have known the morning of my 7th grade in-school detention.  I had a problem. There I sat, confined by glass, in the main hallway of my small-town middle school, writing this sentence all day long: “The gum chewing student and the cud chewing cow both look-alike somehow.  But there is a difference.  Oh, … Continue reading

Why Prayer Matters

A few months back, Luke came downstairs holding a pajama top in his hand. He held up his shirt to me and voiced his one word grunt for everything he needs, “Ugh!” “Do you need Mommy to help you, Luke?” We had done this a hundred times. My mommy plea to encourage my then four-year-old … Continue reading

Jesus & Joe {He’s In Your Boat}

Jesus & Joe: A Coffee Devotional As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, … Continue reading