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Limitless

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How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. —PSALM 36:7-8 We live in a world of limits. There are limits to how much we can do, how […]

On surviving the busy seasons in life

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The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new. Socrates spoke about it. So did Plato. As did Henry David Thoreau. I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus. But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives […]

Indescribable Gifts

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Gifts. Everybody loves them, don’t they? They make us feel special and loved. They remind us that someone cares enough about us to go to the effort of giving. Gifts are a tangible love language that know no boundaries. Amish or English, child or adult, we all love gifts. And it does not seem to […]

Finding Grace Amidst the Mess

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Somewhere at the beginning of this day there was a plan. Honest. No one told me there would be days like this as I sat in my French literature class at the university. No one prepared me for this part of homemaking. I meant to help my five-year-old son clean his room. He needed a […]

Seeds of Faith

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As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. GENESIS 8:22 The Amish believe that the outward work—whether it be straight garden rows or neatly hung laundry—is a reflection of the inner person. Imagine the excitement in the air as rays of spring […]

Snow, Keeping my Perspective this Winter

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I shoveled my driveway for the first time and it made me smile. Allow me to explain. This fall we moved from California to New York. Though I grew up in snow-covered states, it has been years since I lived through a winter with any weather I had to shovel. So snow is still fascinating […]

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