Monthly Archives: November 2011

My Jolly Roger

I compromised today. But it was cold. And Jolly Roger looked so warm. Let me explain. For many years, I have held firm to boycotting the symbol representing my husband’s high school football team.  A skull and crossbones.  I don’t do … Continue reading

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One Egg Left

Before leaving for Guatemala, two weeks ago, I was sharing a woman’s infertility struggles with a friend.  I explained, “She has only one egg left.”  By neglecting to elaborate on the type of egg, I confused my friend.  She questioned the … Continue reading

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If he loses, he’s not lost

My husband left ahead of us this morning, meeting the football players and other coaches, in preparation of their third playoff game.  Before leaving, we held hands as a family and prayed. While many coaches (Texas high school football, no less!) … Continue reading

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My Joy…Your Joy

My Joy…Your Joy These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full —John 15:11 What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. … Continue reading

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Life among the dead

In Guatemala, we were taken to the National Cemetery. Colors of gray and black.  A stench of decay thick in the air (and you really don’t want to know what caused the foul, defiling odor).  Heavy wings uncomfortably close to our ears. Hoping angels were soaring in to lift … Continue reading

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In a world away from luxury

Isn’t the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to … Continue reading

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Milk and Honey

My fifth day in Guatemala.  My heart has been broken by what I’d imagined existed but never fathomed my eyes would see. Before embarking on this trip, I had jokingly claimed God was sending me to the promised land since I’d just turned forty.  Yet after only … Continue reading

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Wherever you are, be all there

As I put the final touches on my trip preparation, I am faced with all sorts of uncertainties.  At the last minute, my boys have some issues which need a mother’s touch.  And I want it to be my touch. This hasn’t … Continue reading

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I hear her story…

I often travel through my days veering toward discontentment.  The Map cautions me to steer clear of this obstruction.  A roadblock and barricade.  Yet, I merge into complainer’s lane.  Hugging the curb of criticism.  Honking my hot-tempered horn with road rage in the midst of the gridlock. … Continue reading

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I am captured by a Truth I’ve journeyed through a number a times but never stopped to rest. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one … Continue reading

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