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What We Can’t Unknit

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

What We Can’t Unknit

After I learned to knit, I had to master a much more difficult skill: unknitting. That’s fancy knitter talk for fixing a mistake. It requires inserting the left-hand needle into the bottom of each completed stitch until you’ve undone your mistake and can reknit that section. In crocheting, mistakes are easy to fix; you just remove the hook, unravel the stitch or section, re-insert the hook into the next available loop, and start over. It’s possible to also unravel messed-up rows in knitting, but if you’re not careful you can drop stitches and...

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Real Love

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 6 comments

Real Love

  It was one of those conversations that woke me up. After trying to figure out what went wrong during a frustrating exchange, I added, “She signed off with Love you as usual, which was kind of confusing because we hadn’t resolved what happened. But I just need to give her the benefit of the doubt, believe her, and move on.” The woman I was talking to gently stopped me and recapped what I’d just shared with her—that this person had actually been rather unkind before signing off with Love you. She hadn’t taken responsibility for her...

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Words that Inspire

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming | 2 comments

Words that Inspire

I love quotes. Many years ago, when I found out that my friend Sue was a fan of them too, I started slipping one to her every Sunday morning. Finding a great quote for Sue felt like a fun weekly treasure hunt. Now I use them for lettering practice. Many of my recent favorites come from blog posts and books that my friends have written, not necessarily famous people. What a nice reminder that we never know what God will do with the words we put out there. They just might become a favorite quote! Just as when I wove calligraphy into my quiet...

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What Would You Grab?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

What Would You Grab?

I remembered sitting in a circle on the floor with my Bible study small group—a bunch of 20-something, full of wisdom and godly insight. The question of the night was, “If your house was on fire and you could only grab one thing before getting out, what would you grab?” The leader intended it as a segue into the “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be…” passage, so we all knew the correct answer. It was, “I would grab my Bible,” implying that it would be within reach no matter which room of the house we happened to be in at the...

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When Life Doesn’t Look Like the Picture

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom | 0 comments

When Life Doesn’t Look Like the Picture

Let’s face it; life rarely turns out exactly like the picture we imaged for ourselves. But what about when the picture we had falls off the wall and breaks? Will our kids be okay? This week I had the honor of writing a guest post for my friend Cheri’s blog Re-Minded Homeschooling, where I share how God helped me find the answer to that question. How did I get here? A single mom, living with my parents again, waiting for a divorce to finalize? My young adult son Christian had stayed behind in the city we’d called home for almost...

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