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Sacred Mundane

I can STILL remember my so-called Pinterest-fails from when I was five years old. Long before that red icon resided on my phone-screen, I was trying to create crafts, clothes, and cookies. I can still remember sitting on the carpet, trying to sew some doll clothes by hand. The stitches weren’t straight, the edges f

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I feel sorry for saints. Seriously. I feel sorry for saints because sometimes the honoring of them gets sadly askew. And perhaps never more so, then dear ol’ Saint Nicholas. He must weep every Christmas! The real St. Nicholas was such a godly, generous man. I’m not going to recount his whole life here, but

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For our first Christmas after we were married, Jeff gave me the book Treasuring God in our Traditions by Noel Piper (free PDF here). It had just come out, and it was perfect timing. We were a brand-new family, deciding together what traditions we’d keep, leave behind, or begin. These days, tradition sometimes get

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What one word would describe your usual Christmas season? Busy? Hectic? Fun? Stressful? Sad? Debt-accruing? 😉 I love Christmas.  And, to be fair, we don’t usually have an over-full schedule, so I don’t feel super busy or hectic. I don’t stress a lot about things being perfect, and we don’t ove

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We weren’t going to get the tree tonight, but at 4:15pm, just 15 minutes before the sun would set, Dutch saw our housemates pull into the driveway with their freshly cut tree in the back of the truck. “Can WE get our tree?!” And so the boys climbed into the truck and took off in search […]

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There is good news: People are praying. Though Christians’ views differ widely on political issues, the current climate is literally bringing people to their knees. I see it. I hear about it. I now actually have a scheduling conflict because I have two prayer meetings scheduled at the same time. What a great pro

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I can tell we’ve gotten off course when, as I tell my kids to do something, I am already inwardly preparing for their protest. I so wish it didn’t happen, but I have a hunch we all face this at times, that inner irritation that comes from just a few too many complaints. It usually starts with […] The p

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I’ve been a little gun-shy about writing out here in the wide-open spaces. Even as I typed that sentence I felt the need to clarify that “gun-shy” isn’t referring to the second amendment and the right to bear arms! See, where I live the environment feels hostile right now, and I find myself so af

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We’ve had the wind knocked out of us a bit, yes? All of us, in different ways. No matter where you stand, we’re feeling the effects of the fight. Everyone’s been punched.  That’s just my hunch anyway, I can only speak for myself. I feel like a spiritual battle’s been going on that’s b

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It’s funny how things happen. What’s been on my mind is the word “forgive.” That is, in order for our nation to move forward, the first step we have to take is to forgive each other. I knew that was where we had to start, but I didn’t think I’d have to go first: Not […] Th

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Last night, a little parenting moment that seems so pertinent, in so many ways… Heidi creeps quietly into the room where I’m putting clothes away. “Mommy, can I talk to you?” And she has that quivery voice that tells me something’s up so I turn to gather her up. “Of course, Sweetie, w

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Of all the shocked Americans, I may be the most. There are a slew of status updates out there, a combination of horror, disgust, excitement, praise, lament. It’s fascinating that we can all watch the same event unfold, and yet see it in drastically different ways. So I share with you here, quite simply, the […]

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I read Daniel all last week, Hosea over the weekend, and Joel this morning. Amos will meet me tomorrow. It just happened that way, of course, reading through the Bible, but it was no accident. The messages of these books is clear. They are a plea for God’s people to return to Him.  I’ve prayed many […

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Sometimes it seems like life is one long course correction. I’d venture to say I’ve probably only been “right on” course for about 13 seconds of my life. And I have no idea when that was! The rest of it is a series of small corrections—a little left, a little more, oops not quite that much, a

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Baking bread can wait; we need to talk. Today’s my beloved baking day, where we make no plans besides our normal homeschool routine, and I heat up the oven and chop the veggies and knead the dough and whip up all sorts of wonderful all afternoon long. I love Tuesdays. I measure and munch and […] The po

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Fear. There seems to be a lot of it these days. There seems to be a lot of bad news, a lot of fear-mongering and alarmists and constant worse-case-scenario thinking. I get it. Things do not look real awesome right now in America. But God. More than ever I’m convinced that it’s critical we pore […]

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I type these words with trepidation, feeling hopelessly ill-equipped and under-qualified to speak on political matters. For my 18-years of voting, I have never muttered much of an opinion. I basically avoided the topic, maybe mentioning I was voting for Jesus, or something like that. I also of course believe that Jesus

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Saturday night I googled something I’ve never searched for before: “Churches near me.” It was so interesting, scrolling through the options, getting a “outsider’s perspective” as I perused websites and read About Us pages. Such a variety. Since Jeff would be competing in the Ironman 70

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Hello from Redwood National Forest! Yesterday we hitched up the tent trailer, and headed out on our annual road trip down to California-Arizona-Utah. This year we got brave (and frugal) and decided that instead of renting a house we’d bring our tent trailer instead. Yup — nineteen days and 3,040 miles in a t

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How’s school going?” This seems to be a common question among homeschool circles this time of year. We’re about a month or so in, time enough to have a rough idea what’s working and what’s not. Our plans look so perfect on paper, but it takes a few weeks to get a feel for how […] The post

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Photo by Lacey Meyers There are so many reasons not to do that thing.  This is the way the inner-narrative runs. There’s the thing. That thing that you have to do, or are supposed to do, or are possibly supposed to do and that’s what you’re trying to figure out. And then, there’s that deep down

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We started back to school last week so my days are full of homeschooling and lots of time WITH my kids. I’ll keep blogging as I’m able, but if you ever wonder where I am, now you know. I was reminded of this so I thought I’d share again. Enjoy… ~ …and lo, I am with […] The post

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Let’s finish with some nitty-gritty practical details. I realize this might be a little late–I’ve heard from several of you that you’re already in the middle of your 40-day fast. But whether you’re already in the middle, or still considering and praying about embarking on a fast, hopefully t

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It was just a few weeks ago I finally felt clarity (and freedom!) concerning the Mystic/Dominic thing. I shared it in an email to my fellow fasting friends, so I figured I’d just cut and paste it here. It’s personal, so it feels kinda scary to share, but I figure what’s most personal to me might [̷

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What’s up with Mystic?! This was my biggest question headed into the fast. But the answer didn’t come until well after, just a few weeks ago. Let me explain: One week before the fast began, a dear friend of mine was fasting and had this vivid dream: She and I were in a hospital praying for […] T

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From the first time we met together, I marveled at her eager willingness to obey God, whatever the cost. I loved her humility, her willingness to receive, her honesty and frankness. So, it didn’t surprise me when, as we rode home together from our women’s ladies retreat, she announced she was going to do the

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On Monday, I shared the three dreams I had three nights in a row, about three weeks into the fast. Of the three, the first was the most unclear, in terms of meaning. In some ways it seems obvious –– it highlights a fear of showing up unprepared. It highlights a fear of being in […] The post

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Three weeks into the fast, I had three vivid dreams, three nights in a row. Now, I’m not much of a dreamer, but last summer, when praying about the Ark, I had two very vivid dreams that were significant to the Ark journey, so I wrote them down. Other than that, I haven’t really ever dreamed […]

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When I think of effective weapons, I think of my Vitamix.  I know, sounds crazy, but for the kind of Sacred Mundane battle I face on a daily basis — that of feeding my family healthy foods prepared from scratch — there’s nothing else like this blender that’s basically a countertop lawn-mower. Wit

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I just came inside from my walk, so thirsty, and filled the mason jar full of cold water from the tap. It’s a simple routine, my daily walk up and down the driveway, but it’s great exercise, and I love the fresh air and time alone, quiet, to think. One of the things we love most […] The post

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