Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Small Things

It’s the small things in life that are momentous.

The small decisions that, taken together, influence the course of your day, or of your life.

The small adjustments to attitude that will lift you up—or bring you crashing down.

The few words—well-chosen, well-placed—that can either bring joy and fulfillment, or can crush a dream.

The moment taken to pray that can change an outlook, or an outcome.

The tiny, tiny germs that can force a blogger back to bed.

(Stupid germs.)

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Hannah: Trusting and Waiting

Hannah was tired as she walked home from the well, her jar heavy with water. She’d just learned that yet another friend was with child. While happy for her friend’s joy, her own circumstance stood out in bold relief.

Elkanah was a good man, a God-fearing man. She was fortunate to have such a loving husband. But soon it would be time to journey to Shiloh, to worship the Lord there. Her husband would bring the offering, and to Hannah he would give a double portion, a sign of his love for her. It should have been a joyful time, but it was not.

Peninna, Elkanah’s other wife, would also be there … along with her sons. Peninna managed to make Hannah’s life a trial, baiting her and mocking her for her childless state. As though that lack in itself weren’t burden enough, magnified in a culture in which women were esteemed for their ability to bear children. And it all seemed to come to a head when they made their annual journey, with Hannah crying so much she couldn’t eat.

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome! Today’s Intermission features two very different videos.

The first is a study in graciousness, professionalism and winning over a crowd:

The second is dedicated with love to my husband and two sons. Specifically, it’s dedicated to their many eye rolls throughout the years. (Thanks to my sister for sending it my way; forgive the commercial aspect and focus on the action, and we’ll be fine.)

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Praying “Enough”

“I don’t pray enough.”

How often have you heard that? How often have you said it?

Usually it means we aren’t setting aside the time to pray consistently, or we’re not praying for very long when we do pray.

Once, years ago when I hadn’t been a Christian for very long, I was asked to pray about a given situation for an hour. People in the church were “covering” something in prayer by taking hour-long shifts to pray. I signed on, then panicked. How could I pray about one thing for a whole hour? Keep Reading

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What We Avoid

There’s one thing that almost all of us avoid.

When we start a fresh year, resolutions and commitments in hand, it stops us.

When we find ourselves needing to focus and work in order to grow in a particular area, we face it.

When we think we see an avenue to pursue in order to grow in our walk with God, this is the roadblock that halts us.

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

I’m a reader. I enjoy fiction and nonfiction, various genres, various moods. And I do a lot of that reading via ebooks. I’ve read books electronically since I could first get them onto an old Palm. Now that I have an iPad, it’s become my preference. I like the ability to search, to add notes, to change the font size.

Some people don’t like ebooks, though. They prefer the heft of a printed book, the texture of the paper, the slight rustle of the page turn. Besides those things, here’s something else you can’t really enjoy with an ebook.

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Stones of Remembrance

New Year … new goals. We make resolutions—we resolve to sacrifice, to stop doing one thing in order to do another; or we make commitments, to change our lives for the better.

This year, pause. Even if you’ve already resolved, committed, decided.

Before you focus completely on what’s ahead, take a look back. Remember what God has done; look for His work in your life over the past year.  Keep Reading

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