Category Archives: Encouragement

Day by Day

We say it all the time. “Take it a day at a time.” How many of you really can do that? If you can, I’d love to learn your secret. I don’t do the “take it a day at a … Continue reading

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Messy

I’m a mess. It’s summer and I should be all summery and cheery. Blooming and rested and optimistic. Isn’t that what summer is? We soak in the ‘all things that are fantastic’ during the summer. Right? Summer used to be … Continue reading

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Messy

I’m a mess. It’s summer and I should be all summery and cheery. Blooming and rested and optimistic. Isn’t that what summer is? We soak in the ‘all things that are fantastic’ during the summer. Right? Summer used to be … Continue reading

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Seeing Surprises

A month ago I got one of those phone calls. You know, the ones you dread. My 95 year old dad was being transported to the hospital and was desperately sick. So sick, in fact, that hospice representatives were meeting … Continue reading

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The ’empty nest’ thing

My dad and I have been talking about watching children leave the nest in recent days. He told me that when I headed off to Wheaton College, he was left with a broken heart. Perhaps that’s why he and my … Continue reading

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For He is Good

It’s one thing to hear my dad proclaim that God is good when the feed lots are filled with hogs and the corn stalks wave in the summer breeze. When his hands are dirty with honest labor and his arms … Continue reading

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Lasting Love

I had every intention of letting my third little rose bush try to survive this summer. I’d just committed to cheering for my struggling rose bush, so I felt guilty in admitting defeat. In admitting the truth. Here I was standing … Continue reading

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