Neighborhood Mentality

I wonder if I should blame Mr. Rogers & Sesame Street for my fascination with community. That song, Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood, plays in my head when I take walks around my home. When I come in from taking a walk I want to change into a different sweater and shoes. I take walks almost every day with one or more of my kids. In December we found some treasures on our …

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Autumnal Thoughts

I’m one of those people who love autumn. I love the cool mornings and evenings, perfect for fire making and cozy sweaters. I love the warm days that invite us to drag books outside and spend time at the park. The musty smell of leaves, the wide array of colors, and squirrels rushing to store their cache of nuts…I adore all of it.   “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the …

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Why I Have Hope, Part 2

In Part 1 I told you about a time when violence took me by surprise. Community can take me surprise, too, which is why I have hope.   My family didn’t look like any other family that I knew. It was the only way we ever looked, though, so to me it was normal. To you, your family is normal. That’s the awesome thing about families: even the weird stuff is normal in your own …

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Why I Have Hope, Part 1

It was a big deal when my brother started to come to school with me. We could walk together, to and from, and I felt like such the big sister. I was very proud of my position.   I don’t remember the first time it happened, someone pointing out that my brother did not have the same color skin as me. I do remember the day I decided I wasn’t going to take it anymore, …

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Now it is Sunday

Now it is Sunday. The day given over to rest in the presence of God. We’ve been doing Sundays the new way for so long that it doesn’t seem like the new way any more. Still, some mornings I find myself thinking back on the old way, the way Sunday used to go for us. Those memories are taking on the lovely haze of the good ole days. That’s not true every day, though. There …

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The Process of Pain

I am a denier. Or at least I used to be. I’m one of those people who others  always thought was just fine, maybe even more than fine. I’d smile real big and say, “I’m great!” and quickly move the conversation to how they were doing. I thought that was my job. I thought that I was supposed to do that. As an encourager I enjoy making others feel good, better. I love to make …

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When Destruction is Part of Life

This year we’ve put the garden in the front yard. I got a bit of a late start on it, though, and didn’t want to take the time, or the expense, to till. Dad did a little research and we decided that spraying down the grass with vinegar then covering it with dirt would have to suffice. Coming to this decision was not as simple as it sounds. After hosing down our 16×4 plot of …

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Community Matters

A couple of days a month I drive to a house in a rougher section of town. I have friends who meet me there, some I know and some  are strangers to me.  We have coffee together, maybe share a meal . Sometimes we do art together. Sometimes my friends just sleep on couches  or the floor. Sometimes my friends need fresh clothes and a toothbrush. Sometimes my friends need hugs. My friends have worked …

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Sunday Thoughts

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Kentucky. Perfect for staying in bed and spending lots of time with my thoughts. I find myself thinking a lot about God’s goodness,  his grace. I ponder how he loves completely even in the midst of this broken not-quite-right world. Some days I find it difficult to reconcile. A few weeks ago at house church we talked about struggle and what our struggle means in light of Christ’s struggle …

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