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Tree Dancer…One Arborist Story

Fearless and hanging from trees with the greatest of ease, the agile man dangled high from a branch of our 70-foot heritage ash tree, rigged in some form of human pulley sytem. Feeling angst and admiration, I cupped my hands … Continue reading

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The Light of Christmas

  “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” What does this mean to you? I love this quote, yet without a light how does it work? By thirteen, my parents war-zone marriage and divorce left my Mom’s emotions … Continue reading

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December Blues – When Single and Waiting

The yearning to build our own family is as natural as the birds gathering twigs building their nests for spring in anticipation of their brood coming. It can feel futile in fall anticipating holidays that represent the presence of family … Continue reading

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Prepare-Enrich Conflict Resolution

             Today’s class on resolving conflict at our church really punched a pack. Hard to believe I do not remember learning these stages of conflict resolution when my husband and I attended our pre-marital counseling, Prepare-Enrich. … Continue reading

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The Pearl and the Worm. Five Wisdoms When Working Faster isn’t Helping

Have you ever sped up to accomplish tasks only to find you’re even more behind? Has the inefficiency of hurry led to greater worry? One frustrated 9 am hour God used two phone calls and uncomfortable questions to convince me … Continue reading

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The Last Word – Opposites Attract and Opposites Attack

“You always have to have the last word.” My husband says this to me, well, I won’t tell you how often. The last word  can stem from impatience. Trying to push with words. It’s one last push. “Let’s do it—now!” … Continue reading

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Don’t take the Wind out of their Sails- Communicating God’s Way

  Dad warned me in my single years, “You take the wind out of their sails.” Whether I asked for his advice or not—like father, like daughter. “You talk too much. You don’t always have to have the last word.” This … Continue reading

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“Sometimes I wonder where are the fruits of the Spirit in my life?” A friend recently expressed frustration…not feeling joy or peace or patience…fruits of the spirit. “I know I’m feeling sorry for myself, but sometimes I just let myself … Continue reading

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How does Your Garden Grow?

That nasty grass is back? Wow. Yesterday I hunkered in the little patch across from the sliding glass door where our rose tree fell in the dirt midweek. Steve propped it up with a stake. Once again, I stood in … Continue reading

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Forgive Again? Yes, it is Good Friday

  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”(Matthew 18:21, 22 NIV) … Continue reading

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