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Plenty Big Enough to Dream

On January 5th, 2018, I received an email from a friend full of encouraging words including these four, “You are a dreamer.”  She couldn’t have known I had entered a new season of dreaming and planning. And every time I did dream, a question came to mind with accusing tone, “Who do you think you Read More

I have a point of view. You have a point of view. God has view.

Madeleine L'Engle

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Comparison Can’t Compete

In my church seat on a Sunday morning, aching to be included in God’s work, Comparison whispers in my ear, “God loves her more – look at all the beautiful and wondrous ways he partners with her in life.”  He’s not referring to anyone specifically. He’s talking in generalities, although a few faces of beautiful Read More

Seedling in Woman's Hands

The Practice of Moving in Slow Motion

I made a quinoa salad, which requires the preparation of many ingredients. I found myself rushing the work.  It was Sabbath.  I had hoped to finish all my work the day prior so I could truly rest on this day. I had failed yet again. My Sunday afternoon was spent reminding myself of the logic Read More

Tackling my to-do list is like solving a math word problem. The first step is to go ahead cross out everything that's irrelevant.

Amy Burgin

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In The Morning He Responds

In the morning Lord you hear my voice. In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Lord, you are the giver of dreams. You are the one who whispers truth and rightness in my ears. You are the one who knows all solutions and you share them with your people, with Read More

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Don’t Look Back in Regret Thus Paralyzing Your God-Given Capacity to Preserve

Adults and children gather in the living room, lining up kitchen chairs against the fireplace.  The older girls stand, dancing their arms while we sing “This is Amazing Grace.” Little girls look up to the big girls and imitate.  One mother cups her hands around her little girl’s, synchronizing little arms in the dance. My Read More

How could a woman as weak as I
Lift a name as weighty as yours
High on peaks I cannot reach
This is the miracle I do seek

Amy Burgin

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If I Make My Bed in Hell, You Are There!

When we’ve made a wrong and regretful choice that brings unpleasant consequences, we sometimes hear that dreadful command, “You’ve made your bed. Now lie in it!”  Sometimes it comes from a family member or friend and sometimes we hear it in our own heads. It’s such a rude rebuke. It’s not God’s way. Certainly, consequences Read More

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Calling Forth Life From the Deep While Standing on the Surface

When my oldest daughter fell into the deep abyss we call the “Junior Year of High School,” I freaked out.  The workload was intense with multiple Advanced Placement courses and she became overwhelmed to the max.  She slunk into the isolation of her bedroom often. Her straight A’s, turned to B’s, to C’s then dove Read More

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