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Sacred Mundane

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. —2 Peter 1:3 Her smile flashed as she told me the story. I loved listening to her, her enthusiasm was infectious as she shared about her Savior. She’d […] The po

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I took a deep breath. Patience. This child’s attitude was awful, but I knew there were plenty of contributing factors. New braces. Sore teeth. Just mush and liquids for food for several days. A distinct lack of love for multiplication tables in general. Sun outside and a world awaiting that she’d much rathe

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It’s interesting how few things matter when eternity hovers, gleaming, just over the horizon. When things get stripped away that you thought were so important, and then you chuckle to yourself because you can’t remember why they mattered so much. “All the deciding factors” dwindle down to the dec

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  It was Nature Day, and the kids were happily scattered across the property, smeared with mud, rosy-cheeked from the fresh air, happily lost in the world of all things wild. I came through the back door and into the kitchen to get some water. As I stood at the sink I was vaguely away of […] The post

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It was late, too late, when Jeff brought me the letter. I was already in bed, blurry-eyed, exhausted from a full day and our Good Friday service. But I’d been waiting so long for this letter, he knew I’d want to see. I blinked. That can’t be right… Jeff could read my face without even seeing the

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I looked at the clock: 2:11pm. Just about time, I thought to myself with zero enthusiasm. I wiped the counters, stuck the last lunch-dish in the dishwasher, grabbed my Bible, and headed up the stairs. At the top, on the little landing, tucked away in an alcove, sits a rocking chair. This, I felt, was […] The

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The rain fell hard and the last lumps of dirty snow law strewn about the property, like dirty dishes and crumpled napkins the morning after a festive celebration. I curled up on the couch, pulled the quilt up over my face, and cried. Sometimes it’s strange how easily we slip into discouragement. That morning I [

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Today marks another little leg of our journey, and I wanted to share it with you… Jeff and I had the joy today of discovering it is a little BOY who is coming to join our family. I shared a bit of our journey back here: Our Hope Is in Heaven. Back in the fall of 2016, […] The post

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  I mentioned before that this is our “Experiment Year,” but little did I know then that I’d be trying something else I’ve never done before: Homeschooling while pregnant! Though I’m feeling great now, I spent three months wiped out with morning sickness. Thankfully, we were able to keep chugging along w

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I slipped under the covers and sighed, exhausted, closing my burning eyes and sniffing my running nose, trying to tilt my head just right so I could breathe. It was just a cold, but a cold plus pregnancy plus a heavy heart … I just longed for sleep. Jeff turned toward me. “What did she […] The po

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I stumbled downstairs, turned on the hot-water kettle, and looked at the weather on my phone. Seven days of rain. That’s not unusual up here in the PNW, of course, but it still strikes you as a bit dreary. Nothing much to look forward to. And yet, as I curled up with my Bible, sipped […] The post

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Other than gathering with my church fam to worship, my favorite way to spend a day is curled up, under a blanket (or by a pool, depending on the season), with a good book. Friday afforded me a day of such luxury. We had finished all our school for the week, we had nowhere we […] The post

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We say it all the time: “You/I need to surrender to God.” We sing about it.  It might just be one of our most oft-repeated phrases, in our spiritual conversations with each other. My own book sure contains references to it! But … to “surrender” (to God) does not appear in the Bible. Ever.

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“Are we in a hurry??” Dutch’s hackles are up anytime he sniffs out a hurry. I smile. Our Sunday morning routine is always the same. My answer is always the same. “Nope. As long as you promptly obey me, there’s no rush.” I kiss the top of his head and send him off to get […]

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I looked down at Dutch, concerned: “Is Kalmar going to die?” He smiled but his eyes told me nothing. He’s a stickler for unspoiled endings. Then I reminded my heavy heart, It’s just a book.  Just as certain songs mark seasons of some people’s lives, so books do with mine, and this has most

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… The day before Thanksgiving we got to hear the sweetest sound, a sound we’ve longed to hear for such a long time: The sound of our baby’s heartbeat.  Yes, I’m sharing now. It’s still early, and I know it’s not “safe” to share. But if I’ve learned one thing from thi

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I stood at the window, considering. The kitchen, behind me, was still a mess from the night before. The rain poured against the glass. I was so cold. My soft, cozy chair and quilt called for me, offering their comfort. I considered the evidence, Yeah, maybe I’ll just skip my walk. Stay in. Get the kitchen […

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Recently, as I drove home from a speaking event, I was worshiping in the car, singing at the top of my lungs, and so clearly in my mind’s eye I saw a picture: It was of Jeff and me. We were standing side-by-side, holding hands, looking ahead, faces resolved. We were covered in soot, ash. […] The post

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I stepped outside for my morning walk and could feel the date … it was now November. Overnight we went from crisp and cool and sunshiny–kids wearing t-shirts jumping in leaf-piles–to damp cold, grey skies–kids inside curled up under quilts. I pulled my bare hands into my sleeves to keep out the co

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This year for our homeschool routine I ditched most of what we’d done before, and decided to take an Experiment Year. That is, a year to try new things, refuse to stress, return to JOY, and recover our lost love of learning. By the end of last year I found myself frustrated by our workbook-driven, scope-and-sequence

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This week God used grass seed to get my attention.  See, one of the genius things about Jesus was His ability to teach profound spiritual truth through ordinary examples. Mustard seeds, fig trees, fields, sparrows, weeds, soil … all of these agricultural things (and so much more) were used to illustrate the deeper

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What is wrong with me?? I leaned against the kitchen cabinet, trying to keep the sobs silent. The kids played, oblivious. Jeff worked outside. I just couldn’t stop crying. I tried to text a friend, but a few words in I quit. Too much. Don’t even know where to begin. Another deflating disappointment, another

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So, I confess: Sometimes, it seems like every day in America there is another injustice, another controversial issue people are debating about, I start to feel this tinge of panic, feeling like I should know more about this, should have something intelligent to say about this, should have the definitive gospel-view on th

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You just never know what the week ahead will hold. A week ago I wrote that He holds a map we cannot see. I didn’t know, then, just how much of that map was still very much unknown to us. The very next day we heard the tragic news that Jeff’s dear dad had suddenly […] The post

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“Why don’t You ANSWER????” The question erupted, into the silence of my car, where I drove, alone, desperately trying to find the building where the memorial service was about to begin. My precious friend had just buried her son, and I wanted to be there for her, with her, and instead I was lost and [&#

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Sometimes you don’t even have to see the evening news to have a broken heart. Sometimes your inner circle surrounds you with plenty. The text came late last week that a friend’s hopes had been disappointed. Again. I knew the feeling, the quiet ache you can’t tell most people about. No doubt she’ll

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Hey friends! I’ve been unplugged this week and I apologize for the late notice, but we’re over at Simple Homeschool right now sharing about tending your heart, and offering a Sacred Mundane giveaway! This topic is more certainly applicable to us all, not just homeschoolers, so I hope you’ll check it o

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And there it was, the under-utilized secret weapon we often overlook.  Sometimes, I think, we forget that or spiritual journey is an all-out war. There is a battle raging, not just on Sunday mornings when we’re trying to get the kids in the car (the struggle is real!), but all the time. The war is never […]

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That’s right! TODAY ONLY, download Sacred Mundane for FREE, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also, if you have been blessed by Sacred Mundane, maybe consider writing an Amazon review and help spread the word to others? Thanks so much, and happy eclipse day! The post

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I hesitate to write more about grief, only because I don’t mean to belabor things or draw attention to myself, but I keep feeling like God wants me to be transparent about my experiences, so I will. So often we think that our ministry, our service to others, flows out of our strong places, our […] The

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