Do You have 10 Minutes to Sit before God?

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Do you have 10 minutes to sit before God? To stop moving, to retreat from the world around you, and just to sit? “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 NLT I dare you to do it. Just… Read More

My Holy Dog

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A high school graduation gift from my parents, my Bible was simply engraved “Amy Lynn” because they knew my maiden name would someday change. I quickly dashed their hopes that I would love its words and embrace their Writer. Its leather was uncreased, its pages were stuck together, its advice went unheeded. The only witness… Read More

Elegy Written After a Bike Ride to a Country Churchyard

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What do you do to celebrate 45 years together? My husband and I chose to celebrate by traveling 7000 miles during the month of July, taking what we called a BookTourAnniversaryPalooza. On the actual anniversary date, Saturday August 2, we did something much less ambitious. We enjoyed a huge, leisurely breakfast featuring blueberry crepes, bacon,… Read More

Choose Life

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Beep. Beep. Beep. The alarm screams into the peacefulness of sleep. My eyes unable to focus and my body crying out for just a few more minutes of sleep. I roll over and hit the snooze. Nine minutes later, the piercing noise again interrupts the silence of a slumbering house. This time, I get up. Not… Read More

Help Carry My Burden

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Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ Galatians 6:2 This verse from Galatians is a favorite of mine. I love to help. I’m good at rolling up my sleeves and getting a little dirty when a friend needs help. I bring meals. I clean clothes. I drive… Read More

Where Have All the Amish Gone?

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When I was in third grade, I started the year off in a Cincinnati area elementary school that has since been leveled. The school lives on in my memory, though, because of the amazing music teacher. Two songs he taught us, “The Wells Fargo Wagon” from The Music Man and “Jeannie’s Packing Up” from Brigadoon,… Read More

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