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mountain climbing

“Just breathe” were the words used to coach myself in the days of encountering great resistance.  It was a daily struggle but one that kept me hungry for the Lord’s Presence.  As always, when we encounter the fickleness of others, or even identify it within ourselves, the wisest thing to do is to run for […]

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tribute to trees

I have a confession to make:  I love trees!  Not in a tree-hugging kind of way, but in the sense of “I feel at home surrounded by trees.” When I was growing up, my only playground was a thick patch of hilly forest that always promised adventure. My collie/ shepherd mix, Ginger, and I would […]

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we just need to get real

I have always enjoyed reading the various exchanges recorded in Scripture between Moses and God.  I try to imagine the tone of their voices, and I feel confident that in the case of Moses asking God for meat for His people, the leader of the masses is exasperated! Why have You brought this trouble on […]

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ministry of presence

Are we cheating our children of the understanding of God’s PRESENCE by being an earthly model of parenthood marked by ABSENCE? Ouch.  That one hurts, I know.  But it is the question that came to me today as I revisit memories of my years growing up with two parents who understood the ministry of presence. […]

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overflow

This morning I hit my favorite wooded trail for a run and an opportunity to hear the Holy Spirit speak as I sort through what I am feeling right now.  Jesus went up on the mountainside to pray and to have time alone with God.  I go deep into the woods and climb hills! The […]

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