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In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

  Let’s talk about choosing One Word for the coming year.    2018 is just over a month away, but if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I gave up New Year’s resolutions over a decade ago. Why? All those good intentions — the “I wills” and the “I won’ts” — faded so quickly, and I always misplaced my list of re... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Music of Kindness

In Others’ Words: The Music of Kindness

  To think of my words as music … that gives me pause. When I speak, what am I adding to the melody others hear? Are my words kind? Do they add a gentle beauty to the world? Or do I speak harsh words that create a discordant ugliness? Scripture warns words can be as destructive as fire (James 3:6) and as wounding as the slashes of a sword (Proverbs 12:18). But how we speak to someone el... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What It All Comes Down To

In Others’ Words: What It All Comes Down To

I don’t have a whole lot to say today. Wednesday was a long day. A difficult day. A discouraging day. Have you ever fought for something … or rather fought against something that is wrong? I mean written down in black and white wrong? And you aren’t heard? The wrong-ness of it all continues? And it just doesn’t make sense. Before going another round in this situation —... Read More »

In Others’ Words: A New Way to Slow Down and Focus on Christmas

In Others’ Words: A New Way to Slow Down and Focus on Christmas

We’ve all heard the lyrics of a certain Christmas song: It’s the most wonderful time of the year …  And if you’re like me, you’ve probably had times when you’ve responded with “Really?!” Christmas comes ’round the same time every year. And sometimes, sometimes, it collides with circumstances in our lives that aren’t wonderful. I could poi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Why I’m Thankful for 6 A.M.

Funny thing about this blog … I almost gave up on posting it. I’ve had trouble with PicMonkey, the program I use to design my graphics. For the past two weeks, when I try to save my images, the program freezes. Then I have to shut down my computer and start all over again. Tonight that happened not once, not twice, but three times. Yeah, I was so done with my post on what I was thankfu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Love of God and Our Limited Vision

In Others’ Words: The Love of God and Our Limited Vision

I cried when I heard that Elisabeth Elliot died on Monday, June 15. I know I am one of thousands mourning her death even as we smile at the thought of her passing “through the gates of splendor.” Elisabeth Elliot’s 1957 bestselling book Through the Gates of Splendor told the story of how her husband Jim and four other missionaries, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Declaring the Truth on Purpose

In Others’ Words: Declaring the Truth on Purpose

This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. It has become habit to start my day off saying this verse out loud. Not just to myself — no. Just before my daughter heads out the door to school, my husband and I hug her and all three of us declare, “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” By saying this Scripture ve... Read More »