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I Married a Stranger

Sometimes I feel a little bit jealous when someone says, "I married my best friend!" or when I find out they were high school sweethearts. I married a stranger!  There were only a handful of dates during the six months we were acquainted before the wedding ...
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How to Curate Your Life

In the last couple of years, I've been very focused on making each hour and day count. You can ask my friends. When they've offered to pray, I've said, "I want to know my purpose and not waste time!" Maybe there's something about realizing that ...
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Matters That Matter

It was a good morning! At first light my coffee brewed as I journaled and enumerated my "gifts". #1,491-great hike with Diane and Jim. #1,492-Abigail's sweet wedding #1,494-FALL! All mornings don't begin like this. I hate to think how many mornings have started with my choosing to click on ...
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Life Was Easier When I Knew Everything

"Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict ... Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us." Oswald Chambers   Recently my husband speculated about a lifelong friend; wondering why this ...
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Better a Neighbor Nearby

"Better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away."  It's been nearly a year now since Shari invited all the neighbor ladies over for a party at her home. A party to say goodbye to me. I wasn't the only one in tears that night. Honestly ...
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Expectations

Pray, and let God worry. Martin Luther   On my morning walk I was praying like it was my job— serious praying that befits this season. Friends with serious health diagnoses, a sweet friend fighting for her life after a horrific accident and a couple manuevering a very ...
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Oh to be Alone

A few months ago, while waiting in a long line, I found myself listening to a conversation in a public place. There was mild irritation between a husband and wife who were disagreeing over a minor issue concerning a child. A mom, who wasn't acquainted ...
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Is Your Table Big Enough?

Is your table big enough for folks outside your family? Is your heart large enough to offer a hand of friendship to a neighbor or a stranger? I remember how scared I was the day before I hosted a dinner in our home for the very ...
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Reaping Where I Didn’t Sow

I stepped outside into a beautiful April morning and did a little trimming in our mini-yard. Compared to the acre we lived on earlier, this yard is on the tiny side. I stumbled into a small spot in between our house and Debbie's. There, hidden ...
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Back in the Saddle

In our new neighborhood we have a lovely walking path that I've referred to as "hilly" and "good for the legs". Last week I took out an instrument of torture on the lovely path— the instrument I formerly referred to as my bike. The lovely hilly path ...
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