3 Ways to Slow Down on the Busy Days

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I just finished reading {again} The Big Sky series by Tricia Goyer. Marianna Sommer is one of my favorite characters ever. I relate to her desire to find that elusive blend of hard work and stillness in daily life. My days are full of things to do, projects to complete, places to be, and people who… Read More

Ten Ways to Find and Practice Peace in Your Life

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Do you admire the Amish in part because they seem so peaceful? Maybe you were moved by this now-classic scene in the movie Witness (1985)? When those peace-loving Amish men come over the hill in this film, I can easily translate this fictional triumph of nonviolence into the vision in Revelation 22 when a river… Read More

How to Live a Slow(er) and More Peaceful Life

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  Too often we rush through life. We speed through our neighborhoods and cities without truly seeing what we’re passing. We don’t have time for friends, and because of that when we truly need a friend no one is around. In the Amish community, travel is done at the speed of a buggy. They attend church… Read More

One Stitch at a Time

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I am sure you’ve probably heard the adage: The journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step. As I was knitting the other day I thought, The journey of a finished sweater begins with the first stitch. A finished sweater takes 10,000+ stitches. And the average knitter will need 40 to 60 hours… Read More

The Conductor

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It was a Sunday. And it was a Sunday I had taken off from my work as a Children’s Director, which made it an extra special day because I got to go to church with my family. The kids asked if we got to ride in the same car together, and I said, “Yes!” They… Read More

The Awesome Power of Silence

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We live in a noisy world. Right? Sometimes that noise is a blessed melody. Other times it wears me out. If you’ve visited many Amish communities, you might have noticed the absence of noise. No television. No radio. No ringing phone (at least not in the house). There are the usual sounds of animals, children,… Read More

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