Monthly Archives: June 2015

Month: June 2015 Yesterday & Tomorrow

For the last fourteen years, I’ve had a day where I’ve stood between two days, looking back and looking ahead.  Today is that day.  Fourteen years ago when I looked back at that “yesterday” and ahead to that “tomorrow,” I didn’t know that I would come to call it my Bookends Day. I didn’t know at the time that a final chapter had been written… that the baby born on June 29th would be my last living baby. And when I looked ahead to “tomorrow” that day, I was amazed that my first baby would be twenty two.  Twenty two and expecting his first baby to be born just weeks later. Very early this morning, the trucks were rolling down the lane and the chainsaws began to hum.  I knew this day was coming and I’d so dreaded it.  I cried at the thought of wrecking the very tree that continue reading

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Month: June 2015 Trust & Obey

For there’s no other way. But to trust and obey. This photograph was taken one year ago today.  A few hours after the vent was removed, following open heart surgery, my husband began to wake and once again I saw the mercy of the Lord.  I marveled then and I marvel now—knowing all that I know from that time to this: God is (and has been) only good all the time; All God’s ways are (and have been) good.  Surely it is true that I know nothing of tomorrow but that Providence will rise before the sun.  Surely, God is the Lord of all. Whatever you’re facing today, whatever trials are strewn across your path, whatever fears are in your heart and mind, surely the Lord has you in mind and the anguish, doubt, pain or despair you’re experiencing can be laid at His feet, and in His arms you continue reading

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Month: June 2015 In The Course of Reading

One of my greatest delights is to see the goodness or the hand of the Lord in the land of the living. I’ve been so amazed through the years at the many times we have come upon a verse, in the natural course of reading, that was so appropriate or applicable to a particular situation we were in, or dealing with or would soon see or experience.  It’s nothing short of a miracle, a serendipity of the Lord, a gift just for us to take in and treasure.  “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27.13 The amazing thing is that often a verse is read and we instantly know the Lord is ministering to our hearts, meeting us right where we are.  When these things happen, it’s surely no coincidence, but rather, what I like continue reading

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Month: June 2015 Labels and Names

I’m mulling over a Kelly Crawford “quiverfull” article I read yesterday.  It so resonated with me (as her writings often do) and brought to mind several related labels and names.  One thing that came to mind almost immediately is the number of times recently that I’ve wanted to distance myself from a particular word, practice, inference, organization, person, product, etc., etc., when any one of them failed or turned out to be different than  I thought or understood them to be — or when my personal definition or application of a particular word or practice didn’t/doesn’t line up with whatever the latest scandal portrays.   As in, say, quiverfull or large family or homeschooling or complementarian or Christian or a myriad of other buzzwords in the news.  Lots of times it’s not the words used, necessarily, but the way they’re used (and especially the inflection of voice in the way they’re continue reading

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