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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

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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

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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

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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

Beloved.
It's an adjective, but to walk fully in its description, one must recognize the imperative within and be loved.

Amy Burgin

Does the Proverbs 31 Woman Ever Sleep?

Haunted by exhaustion and the need for sleep most of the years of my motherhood, I was sometimes discouraged by the Proverbs 31 woman.  I would find myself trying to live up to her standards and failing, especially when it came to sleep. One verse in particular made me feel like a real loser: verse Read More

Jesus Won’t Leave You in Wrong-Thinking

Sometimes I just worry that I’m not thinking rightly.  I’m certainly aware of a lot of wrong-thinking I have justified in my brain: blaming others for my decisions; laying down my God-given authority; judging, comparing myself to and competing with others; treasuring temporal trinkets; floundering in self-pity; missing the most important ones in front of Read More

The Questions You Don’t Want to Miss

We often ask the Lord, “Why?” but do we ask it of ourselves? “Why do I want to say that?”  “Why DID I do that?” “Why do I want to go over there?”  Unfortunately, it wasn’t until my late twenties before I learned to ask myself this simple and telling question, “Why?”  “Why did I just Read More

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