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My “save box” is a not-so-fancy plastic container filled with treasures, bits and pieces of life: a small plastic dinosaur from a vacation to Dinosaur National Monument when I was 5, the hat my grandpa wore, my musical jewelry box, amazingly candid letters I wrote my parents freshman year in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at More
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None of my photos do Bryce Canyon justice. It is overwhelmingly beautiful. The red and orange tones against a bright blue sky, the spectacular rock formations; words don’t quite capture it either. The girls and I were excited about our horseback ride into the canyon. When we arrived at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at More
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On vacation our family took a beautiful, challenging hike to Utah’s lower Calf Creek Falls. After a stop to rest and admire the fantastic falls and the cool, foresty oasis we began the 3 mile trek back to the car. There were enough steep rocky climbs in the hot sun... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at More
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Sometimes life is black and white. Take these two tomatoes, both planted in pots, both started from seed, approximately the same height, but dramatically different. One tomato plant is loaded with fruit and the other is completely barren, not one green tomato. This year as I make my way through... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at More
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Drink untreated water in Mexico, or even Johnson County and you will soon be sick and miserable. The unfiltered assessments of others will have the same affect on your heart and mind that impurities in the water have on your body. I’ve taken many business and personality assessments. What I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at More
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I forget some important things, like names, and remember some useless things, like words to a song I liked in high school. This is one of the more annoying things about aging. Fortunately, some things just stick with us. I’ll never forget walking my favorite trail with a hawk sailing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at More
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If Jesus worked at my job I think He would... If Jesus worked at my job I’m sure He would serve with excellence simply because His Father placed Him there. What if Jesus worked at your job? Ask God to make you more aware of what He is doing through... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at More
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the choicest things I have are not altogether mine here and then a whirl away my offering everything I have dances on the altar they’re Yours Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at More
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Leviticus is not my favorite book of the Bible but this year I am trying to read from God’s perspective and so I’m trying to keep an open mind. Check out Leviticus 11:44-45: “For I am the Lord your God. You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at More
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A good running day can be elusive. When I set out on the trail I am open to walking, running, or both but I don’t always know how far I’ll go. I love my perfect section of trail; so many great memories walking with friends and family, time alone with... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at More
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Me loving you is woven into your life as surely as your green eyes. Me loving you is your history as much as your brother punching you when no one was looking, or holding your new born daughter, or kissing your dad goodbye. Me loving you isn’t a reward for... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at More
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I can hear my mom right now, “did you practice your piano?” A guitar player for 4 or 5 years, in eighth grade I decided to switch to piano. I’d admired songs my brothers and sisters played on the upright piano that sat against one wall in our living room.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at More
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In Exodus 25 God instructs Moses to tell the people of Israel that everyone who wants to may bring Him an offering. An offering is a gift, any resource we give back to God, for example: money, possessions, time, experiences, skills, wisdom, etc. An offering is solemn, an act of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at More
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Friday I toured areas in Kansas City where work is underway to improve access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. Not only are there no grocery stores in sight, most of these neighborhoods also have no sidewalks making it dangerous for kids to ride their bike or walk to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at More
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Do you fill the gas tank in your car as soon as the indicator light comes on? It’s a logical response since there’s no way to be sure how much gas is left and how far it will take you. Recently, I was pretty sure my mp3 player didn’t have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at More
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When I hold your hand I’m content Unless we run together And then it’s fun When I hold your hand You have my attention And I have yours When I hold your hand I see what you see When you show me When I hold your hand I don’t worry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at More
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In Acts 1, before Jesus ascends into heaven He leaves the disciples with these words: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” dictionary.com defines... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at More
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Check out Luke 22, the disciples were preparing for the Passover meal, their last supper together. Jesus tells them they will meet a man in the city carrying a jar of water, “He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” I’m sure the city was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at More
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My friend shared her experience of asking God for a birthday present with such excitement and wonder, I wanted to experience God’s gift for me. Check out Matthew 7:11: If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at More
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Check out this little sprout. Last year when I started my garden plants indoors I planted too many seeds in each pot and had to pull out some sprouts so one seedling could be strong. I didn’t like that approach so this year I put a single seed in each... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2011 at More
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Who do you judge: evaluate, label, estimate, decide about, form a critical opinion of? Over the past year God nudged (shoved!) me to quit judging myself using my artificial measures of success. Ouch! I discovered that the same measure with which I judged myself, I often judged others. It seemed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at More
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Imagine the unresolved hurts of your life are in a bucket…like this. Ok this is a bucket of fish for the sea lions but I don’t want to touch the fish or the pain if I don’t have to! Left untended hurts pile up. Lack of forgiveness leads to anger... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at More
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This year I’m starting my garden seedlings with the benefit of a grow light. It’s just a single 4 foot long fluorescent bulb suspended from the ceiling that provides consistent light to get the seeds in the sprouting mood. I haven’t done any research but I believe seeds are sprouting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at More
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David gives his son Solomon some precious advice in 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT), David is preparing to transfer his power as king to Solomon and gives these instructions, “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at More
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I can relate to the scouts sent by Moses, at God’s instruction, to explore the land of Canaan. As you read Numbers 13:25-33 remember this was the land God promised the Israelites, His chosen people. After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at More