A Prayer for Changing Seasons

  Dear God, I’m looking outside my window and I see leaves turning orange.  I knew that it was time for the season to change, but I didn’t realize it was happening until I saw the evidence of the colors. How many times have you tried to get my attention about the need for my […]

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This Man: Lessons from the Homeless

It was a regular weekday morning and I was excited that I had a couple hours to spare before my next meeting.  When I considered all the ways I could spend my time, the first and most gratifying option was to eat. I chose McDonald’s because it was nearby.  Pancakes and sausage, here I come! About thirty minutes […]

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Bird’s Eye View: How to Trust God’s Perspective

  This patient bird was in a tall tree in front of my house. I shot this photo a few years ago and happened to stumble upon it the other day.   The message that speaks through this image seems more relevant now than it did back then. I remember taking this shot and thinking to myself, What is she looking […]

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Fear of the Street View

It was rush hour traffic on the streets of Washington, D.C.  I had just left my group to sneak off to a museum for an hour and was walking back to my hotel before the street lights came on.  In my mind, I thought it would be an easy left, right, and two more lefts back […]

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The True Definition of Self-Discipline

Somewhere out there, I’m confident there is a statistic about a large percentage of people who lack self-discipline.  (I don’t feel like searching for it, because I don’t need it written down to know it’s true!) As alarming as that would-be statistic sounds, I’m not surprised because I am surely one of these people.  My continual […]

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How I Saw the Value in My Life Experience

Last month, I was asked to attend a seminar at Duke University.  I thought this was a great opportunity for me to gain perspective from individuals who regularly study theology and divinity, topics by which I am so intrigued.  While learning about God was my primary focus, it turned out that learning about myself was […]

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Coffee, Cake, and Friendship

I was at a coffee shop last night anxiously looking over a teacher’s lesson plans. I arrived at a time when there was still a decent crowd of people a few hours earlier, but at  8:30 p.m. the place was practically empty.  I felt myself become anxious because the shop was closing soon and I still had a […]

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