Category Archives: the practice of {series}

the practice of {wide-open living} :: my one word for 2014

one word 2014

One evening last fall, we arrived home to find every single door of both our home and garage unlocked. Our family had been out-to-eat, returning full and tired, when we drove up and found the garage door open. That’s really odd, I thought.  A short and cautious tour of the house (because yes, I tend […]

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the practice of {keeping house}

“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in — that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”  - Mother Teresa […]

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the practice of {celebrations}

February always brings celebration for our family — a daughter’s birthday, our anniversary. In our morning devotional time, we pause for celebrations…anything in the last few days which deserves a shout out.  The kids’ comments run the scope from I’m so glad I found my shoe! to other thoughts as I did well on my essay. […]

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the practice of {convalesce}

con.va.lesce :: to recover one’s health and strength over time similar words :: recuperate, get better, get well, get back on one’s feet :: :: She came to me recently, this church sister.  Right in the middle of all-church campfire activities, kids running, people laughing, coffee brewing.  The annual celebration we all anticipate. In the […]

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the practice of {being peace}

We speak often of being at peace… having peace :: wanting it, seeking it. Have we considered also simply being peace? I’ve been thinking on this lately, how Peace lives in me. How a God of perfect calm chooses to make residence in this sometimes chaotic and restless soul of mine.  He chose this — […]

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the practice of {small beginnings}

“Do not look down on the small amount of work done so far…” (Zechariah 4:10) *** We’re not a society content on waiting, on taking things slowly. I want idea birthed today to be reality tomorrow.  Or tonight.  I am impatient within.  Small steps, patient movement is not to be despised or thought less of […]

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