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In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries. His poetic and profound words “Life tears our heart... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

Fear has motivated me to do things. Fear of losing someone I care about or of losing their approval — has caused me to do and say certain things. Sometimes I’ve even chosen to violate my personal values in the hopes of satisfying someone else’s expectations. That’s an ugly truth, but I strive to be honest with you all on this blog. The desire to overcome fear has pushed me ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Taking Two with Erma Bombeck

In Others’ Words: Taking Two with Erma Bombeck

Today would have been Erma Bombeck’s 90th birthday. I’ve always enjoyed her humorous — and truthful — view of life. So, I’m celebrating this wonderful writer today by posting not one, but two of her quotes. I’m keeping today’s post brief, after spending the past four days in Phoenix, cheering my youngest daughter’s volleyball team on while they compe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Honoring Christmas

In Others’ Words: Honoring Christmas

A common theme among Christmas quotes is the idea that the spirit of Christmas shouldn’t be confined to a single day. Of course, different people mean different things when they talk about the spirit of Christmas. Love. Joy. Goodwill. Kindness. Giving … and receiving.  Truly, all of these attitudes are part of Christmas. And yes, it would be wonderful if we didn’t pack them away ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing Sides on Christmas

In Others’ Words: Choosing Sides on Christmas

  I read through pages and pages of quotes about Christmas last night and I came to a conclusion: People either love Christmas or they don’t. And when they don’t, well, sometimes they tolerate it … and sometimes they just outright hate it. Reading those quotes was like sitting atop a virtual pendulum that swung back and forth, back and forth, where the words sometimes evoked... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing Between Love and Understanding

In Others’ Words: Choosing Between Love and Understanding

Loved or understood? Do we have to choose between the two? I don’t think so. When we take the time to understand someone else, isn’t that a form of loving that person? Understanding someone demands concentrated effort. Sometimes we must set aside prejudices and preconceived ideas about a person. Understanding happens when we listen. When we consider someone else more important than our... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Love is …

I’ve come across many a “Love is …” attempt to define an emotion that is, in essence, undefinable. Even the “Love is patient, love is kind … ” distillation so often read during wedding ceremonies, often stumps me before I get very far into the verses in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is patient … kind … it does not envy …  Wait. If love is the do... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choose

By Max Lucado, best-selling author & preacher “I Choose Love… No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. I Choose Joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I wil... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Life

  “The way to know life is to love many things.” ~Vincent van Gogh, Dutch impressionist painter Loving many things = knowing life. Hhhhm. There’s a Greek word for “know”: epiginosko, which means to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know well, to percieve, by sight, by hearing … to understand. Expanding that initial equation a bit (which is a reduction o... Read More »