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Listening to Poems

“The Bible tells us that we are God’s masterpieces (poiema in Greek);not only creatures, but his creations, his poems (Ephesians 2:10).We are living epistles (2 Corinthians 3:3).And so, our lives…

Children, Family, Homeschooling, Love, Refiner's Fire

Messy Love

Last in this week’s series on love… Love and death are hard. Up close to death’s face this week, I’ve felt, all the way through, the anquish of the wrestle…

Family, Homeschooling, Love, Mothering Prayer, Refiner's Fire

The Broken Beloved

Part of this week’s series on love… It is morning and I grind flax. Kernels, brown and earthy, stream into whirling blades. I brace, anticipating the growling grind of the…

Children, Freeze Frame, Homemaking, Homeschooling, Refiner's Fire

Mid-day Song

“I will sing to the LORD,because he has dealt bountifully with me.”~Psalm 13:6 Crumbs crunching under Birkenstocks.Dishes on the counter.A teary child at the back door too late, pants soaked.A…

Family, Freeze Frame, Refiner's Fire, Spiritual Disciplines

Little Stuff

The kitchen filled with sobs and accusations. I comforted, then quietly sought the alleged perpetrator out in the orchard, admonishing myself as I walked to hold my tongue, to talk…

Family, Freeze Frame, Gratitude, Refiner's Fire

Eyes to See

I wash potatoes at the sink, scrubbing away earth. Out the window, the front porch flag wrap itself in the spring breeze, the cheer, “Count Your Blessings” faded, the edges…

Homemaking, Homeschooling, Refiner's Fire

Steam, Escape and Pressure Work

The pressure of it all gets to me. Come noon, and I am feeling it, like someone turned the heat to searing hot high: dear husband walks in the back…

Faith, Nature, Prayer, Refiner's Fire, Worship

I repent

Jesus, I repent.Of my pridethat puts my self-serving way above Your servant way,that puts my comfort, my desires, my goals,ahead of You, and the rest of my family,in this home,…

Children, Freeze Frame, Refiner's Fire

When it — I — am all Wrong…

In the still before night ebbs away into morning light, a whimper, soft and muffled, comes and nudges me out of slumber. Beside me Darryl too stirs, sensing, even in…

Homemaking, Homeschooling, Peace, Refiner's Fire, TSE

Peace isn’t a place…

Peace isn’t a place we live in. The house—and me—spins: laundry, school lessons, library books, basketball games, bills, phone calls, meals, dishes, women’s Bible Studies, diapers. Too often, I am…

Quotes, Refiner's Fire

Remember when Fear

cramps your heart what I told you:lie gently and wide to the light-yearstars, lie back, and the sea will hold you.” ~Philip Booth, First [Swimming] Lessons Lord, I will not…

CWO, Family, IOW, Refiner's Fire, Spiritual Disciplines

Dirty, Messy Love

“Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already wrapped in the Lord’s embrace. Held close by nail-scarred hands.” ~ Liz Curtis Higgs~ The magazines, the…

Family, Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer, Quotes, Refiner's Fire

Blotted Secrets

“In these pages I tell secrets about…myself because I believe that it is not only more honest but vastly more interesting than to pretend that I have no such secrets…

Children, Faith, Marriage, Mothering Prayer, Quotes, Refiner's Fire

All His

From the pen and heart of Madeleine L’Engle: “In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to…

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