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Sacred Mundane

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Kari Patterson

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.—Ecc. 3:1 It’s been seven years, friends. Seven years of pounding out these heart-words here, hoping these humble stories strung together will bring hope, truth. I love this space so much. I love sharing it with you. I love “me

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Because when Mom winds up in the hospital and Julie shows up, as from the grave, singing Led Zeppelin in the backyard, what else is there to do but sit in a cardboard box and laugh out loud? Some days are just a total curve-ball. Not to God, of course. He’s the Pitcher. And so when […]

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Thus says the LORD, “Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls.” Jer. 6:16 ~ They asked for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We spread it out over several subsequent family nights. They laughed, […]

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Welcome to the Sacred Mundane Summer Series! Peruse the past posts here–Lauren, Lovely-Anonymous, Janie, Caila, Jessica, Janae. Today we hear from Debra, a dear friend and former housemate. As a single gal with a grown son, working a full-time job, Debra speaks from a different season and sphere … that’s s

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Often creativity comes from desperation, so it might have been my exhaustion speaking when I suggested, “Hey kids, let’s watch the clouds!” I lay flat there on the cool grass; it felt so good.  My eyes burned, tired. The conference had been great, but I was wiped. The kids left play and ran over, lying [&

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How do we teach our children empathy?  While all children are innately self-centered, some in particular seem to have an extra-small dose of compassion in their genes. The scene plays out a thousand different ways–a child accidentally causes some sort of injury, emotional or otherwise, or witnesses some unfortunate m

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{It is my joy to introduce you to my lifelong best friend and the girl who daily models for me what the sacred mundane looks like. There are no words for how much I love this girl, or how beautifully she endures difficulty with a smile on her face. Please read and take to heart […]

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It’s been awhile since I bled on these keys. Of course there have been guest posts, and reposts, enough food for thought and worthwhile reminders of what really matters. But it’s been awhile since I laid my heart right out here for you to see what’s going on inside. Of course I could say it’s […

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I can still remember asking my mom the question when I was all of 7-years-old: “Mommy, can I have a report card like the kids at school?” I can still remember her smile. Her looking down at me. Her reply: “Honey, you are doing great. You work hard, you have a great attitude, and you’re […]

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One simple switch worked wonders for us. One of the main reasons we homeschool is to have the freedom and flexibility to “go with” what life brings and what needs and situations present themselves, so we’re far from rigid. But though it’s fluid, we definitely have our daily routine, and I love it. Ex

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So thrilled to be over at MOPS International‘s blog Hello, Darling today sharing this again. Enjoy! ~  It all happened tonight. Five minutes earlier we had been laughing. But now I pulled her blankets up, kissed her round, peach cheeks, and saw a flash of sadness and fear in her eyes. “What is it, babygirl? [&#

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 It was the raspberries that helped me understand.  The raspberries I rescued. This spring, I took on the back-breaking project of tearing out waist-high weeds from our side-yard. And there I unearthed raspberry bushes (raspberries!) and you’d have thought I’d struck gold by the way I happy-danced. I carefully plucked

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Today I’m happy to introduce you to my friend Jessica. She is a sharp, fun (and funny!) wife and mom to four kiddos aged 1-16. I appreciate her discernment, grace, and honesty. Enjoy her thoughts today… ~ Horizontalness, that’s the problem. Yes, I just made that word up, because it accurately describes th

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{Celebrated our 11th anniversary this weekend! Looking forward to sharing some fun tidbits from our Anniversary fun-day fiasco-day. For now a little fun throwback to last year’s lesson, in case you too find yourself waiting. Enjoy!} I shifted positions on the sand, looking over my shoulder again. Where was he? The t

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Every June I find myself back there. Back in Job. And the memories come flooding back. When God broke my heart He spoke directly to me through Job’s words, used them to crush me before the real crushing ever took place. It was the most clearly-prophetic and profoundly God’s ever spoken personally through His Word. So

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{It is with deep joy that I introduce you to my mother-in-law, Janie, our next contributor in the Sacred Mundane summer series.  Janie is a brilliant thinker, skilled wordsmith, and precious Momma to my man and Nana to my babes. She has undergone a severe trial and graciously shares her heart about that with us […]

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 I looked at it all week, that curl beneath her braid. It gets me every time. Just like the corners of her lips and her still-full baby cheeks, not yet thinned out. Just like her little legs stretch out straight when she sits on my lap, her ankles and tiny toes so impossibly small, still. […]

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We slowly made our way around the table, and something beautiful began to take place… A group of local pastors gathers every Tuesday morning to pray for our city, for unity, for each other, for God to move in our midst. But many of the wives had never met each other, so we met for […]

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It’s been a quiet week here, caring for my mom and daughter while the men-folk flew to Philadelphia for a history trip. Remembering this truth from a few years back, this week I’m faced with it all over again. To truly embrace the mundane takes tremendous courage… Enjoy. I bend low, down onto my knees, [&#

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{Continuing our Sacred Mundane summer series! Because of the nature of this post, my dear friend prefers to share it anonymously. I know you will be blessed by following her journey from severe postpartum depression into freedom and joy. Enjoy…} ~ The pain wracked my body again. Screams on the way to my lips escaped [

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Enabling. In the dictionary this word is innocuous enough, but we all know it’s come to mean that false form of help which doesn’t help at all, but over-helps, contributing to bad habits and self-destructive behavior. I use the word too, dizzily trying to discern the difference between helping and hurting, empowering an

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It’s lonely here, inside my head. Every thought just echoes in the emptiness, returning back to me over and over again. Except, unlike an echo, the reverberations keep getting louder and louder, instead of fading away. What started it? I can’t even remember. A comment from a friend, not meant to hurt, that hurt nonet

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Today I am thrilled to announce the beginning of a summer Sacred Mundane series! For the next 8 wednesdays, I have the honor of introducing you to eight precious friends of mine, who I have asked to share a bit of what their sacred mundane looks like. How does God transform us through the nitty-gritty of life? […]

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Right on the heels of the promise, of course—EPIC FAIL. This was my thought Saturday afternoon, after hurricane Julie blew out of our house screaming at us from the street, shaking in a fit of rage, sending a string of bizarre all-caps texts which aren’t blog material. Unbeknownst to us the kids had hid around [

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On Wednesday I went to jail. It was my first time. Yes, it was simply a tour of the jail, but it was plenty to make me ponder a bit about parenting. It first struck me when we passed a solitary-cell. A 20-something man was chained down–wrists and ankles–to a bench. It just so happened that […]

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If you married a human, you married One Who Struggles (and so did your spouse!). Even if he’s confident, attractive, successful, whatever, he will have low times and the question is … What do you do then? I’d even go so far as to say that we all have someone in our lives who we look […]

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It was his hat that caught my eye. I was on my walk, striding long down the street, lost in thought.  He slowly made his way toward the sidewalk, bent over, leaning heavily on a cane. With his head down I could see the hat–covered in pins and medals surrounding clear yellow words: World War […]

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Remembering this from a few years ago, still learning this lesson in different ways! Enjoy… Last weekend, as we lay in bed, Jeff asked me how I felt.  I replied, “I feel like a rubber band that’s stretched out so tight it’s just about to snap.”  He knew enough to put his arm around me […]

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Intentional summer. This phrase doesn’t exactly send a thrill of excitement up our spines, does it? When summer comes often the last thing we want to do is think.  We work so hard during the school year, slowly losing steam around mid-May, then army-crawl to the finish-line, slowly petering out in early June. We’re j

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At 11pm Saturday night I crawled into bed with only that one thought. I’m finished. This retreat season is finished and it was a glorious doozy. Oh my.  I’m so incredibly thankful for every single precious person, experience and opportunity, and it’s dizzying to think back over the amazing women I was ho

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