Category Archives: Dreams

Dare to Hope

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Have you ever stifled your hopes to avoid disappointment?  Me too. A lifetime of being a Chicago Cubs fan has taught me not to get my hopes up.  When I was a kid I watched or listened to every game possible, … Continue reading

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Empty Bucket

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Recently I was asked to communicate an item from my bucket list for an upcoming family event.  That’s a problem for me, because I don’t have a bucket list.  Apparently, I still think I’m twenty years old, and that I have plenty of time to fulfill my … Continue reading

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Living the Resurrection

Easter weekend this year was emotional for my husband and me.  Friday and Saturday we attended the visitation and funeral of a good friend from my college years.  We celebrated his life and mourned his death. On the way to the funeral … Continue reading

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Life Stage Whiplash

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I stand in a moment between two life stages, and it is a bit whiplash inducing.  We took our youngest back to college for the last time over the weekend.  The empty nest  feels rather permanent this time. I vacillate between … Continue reading

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Dancing to the Melody of the Future

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“Hope is hearing the melody of the future.  Faith is to dance to it.”* What is the melody that your future will compose? How do (will) you dance to it today in faith? “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” Psalm … Continue reading

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Whispers from Beyond this World

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Every once-in-a-while I have a momentary awareness of unseen but very real spiritual activity.  It usually happens at night.  Last night, after pleasant patio dinner with all of our children and our one (napless and rather bleary-eyed) three-year-old grandson I couldn’t get to sleep.  For no good … Continue reading

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Applying God’s Ancient Promises Today

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God promised Abraham a nation and the Promised Land.  He delivered. God assured Moses that Pharaoh would let his people go.  So it happened. The prophet Samuel, at God’s command, anointed a shepherd boy king of Israel.  David became Israel’s greatest king and … Continue reading

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Life: Solving a Puzzle or Creating a Masterpiece?

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The future lies before me in the form of puzzle pieces. Goals.  Skills.  Passion.  Experience.  Gifting.  Opportunities.  Dreams.  Resources. Faith.  Kingdom of God.  Power.  Following Jesus.  Hope. Family.  Finances.  Commitments.  Constraints.  Perceptions. Markets.  Ideas.  Service.  Potential.  World.  Needs. Fear.  Oops.  Toss that piece off … Continue reading

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A Gentle Parable about Plan B

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My husband and I enjoyed a restful and restorative vacation in Florida last week.  While the trip was a blessing in every sense, it also served as a gentle parable about accepting, adjusting to and enjoying “Plan B.” The only element of our trip that qualified for “Plan … Continue reading

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Holy Waiting

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I hate to wait.  It’s a daily game for me to minimize red lights and to maximize unhindered forward progress.  I approach grocery store check-out lines with shrewd determination to find the fastest one.  (It doesn’t work, but I irrationally continue to try.) Traffic lights and retail … Continue reading

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