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Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Mail

A few weeks ago, Dad handed me a stack of mail that included my credit card bill, a letter informing me that I qualified for a car loan (Yay!), a piece of junk mail addressed to my former husband (Did they not get the notice that he moved?), and a fat envelope with my name written in whimsical bubble letters. As soon as I saw that last piece of mail, I knew I’d received something fun from my friend Lisa. I carefully opened the envelope, not wanting to tear the cute sticker on the back of it. Seeing the envelope completely turned my day...

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Warming Up My Wings Revisited

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

Warming Up My Wings Revisited

This week, my family is vacationing in San Diego, so I’m posting summer reruns. I came across this one from the week after last year’s trip to Santa Barbara and immediately had one of those, Wow, so much has happened since then moments. This morning, it occurred to me that, while butterflies are magnificent creatures, they are also delicate. Yet they represent courage, and courage is preceded by lots of prayer for a reason. Because it’s scary. Looks really are deceiving, aren’t they? If you are struggling with courage...

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Unexpected Spiritual Lessons Made with Essential Oils

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

Unexpected Spiritual Lessons Made with Essential Oils

Yesterday, I challenged myself to learn a new knit stitch. I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting lately and decided it was time to switch to knitting for a while so I wouldn’t get out of practice. My friend Julie had cleaned out her knitting supplies and given me all the wonderful duplicates from her stash, so this gave me a chance to try out a set of new-to-me needles and make a birthday gift for a friend. By “challenged myself” I mean the stitch was also new to me, not particularly complicated. I needed something that would provide the...

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Praying In Color

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in God at Work, Living with Low Vision, Overcoming, Perseverance | 4 comments

Praying In Color

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you know three things: I will try anything that involves creativity. I often weave calligraphy and lettering into my quiet time. I don’t see in color. One thing I love about lettering is that everything is in black and white. I can just relax and write out whichever verse or quote speaks to me while I’m reading my Bible and devotional book. I am fascinated by color, and I’ve tried adding splashes of watercolor to pages that I post online, but it often triggers...

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I’m Not that Smart, and Other Things I Fear Being Made Public

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in God at Work, Living with Low Vision, Overcoming, Perseverance | 7 comments

I’m Not that Smart, and Other Things I Fear Being Made Public

I bought this book because I’m trying to become smarter. Before you say, “Oh, stop that! You’re already smart. You’re a writer. You edit books and teach writing workshops. You have the choir music memorized before some singers have decided whether to sing the first soprano part or the second. You just want people to post comments about how amazing your mind is,” let me explain. Several weeks ago, a horrible feeling came over me while helping Nathan study for the vocabulary portion of his English final, which focused mostly on root words....

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