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Seeds and Scraps of Hope

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Seeds and Scraps of Hope

Spring’s kind of a hard time of year for me. Surprised? It hasn’t always been that way. Just the last few years. Since both my mom and dad transitioned from this life in the spring season, I find myself becoming very self-reflective right about now. In between the grieving, I re-evaluate things. I examine details of my life from different angles, deciding what to start, what to keep, and what to let go. I keep moving but, gosh, all this emotional wrestling wears me out. This year, I thought it might help to have something to look forward to as I go through all of this grieving,...

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Putting a Price on a Dream

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Putting a Price on a Dream

  I don’t know. Is there something a little “off” about all of this? Do people do this all over the world? Do people in other countries, for instance, actually pay to park their vehicles and then willingly part with more of their hard-earned cash for the privilege of walking around for hours, listening to one infomercial after another, the way we do when we attend expo events like the West Michigan Home and Garden Show? Do they typically fork over bills in the double digits for a hot dog and a Coke? No window shopping here. My husband and I were paying just to breathe the air last...

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What Would you Do?

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What Would you Do?

I heard about this video a few days ago and decided to check it out. Although the acting isn’t great, the honest and spontaneous responses by the non-actors are riveting. What would you do if you faced a similar situation? (Click here to watch the clip.) According to the Department of State’s statistics from 2000, there are approximately 244,000 American children and youth who are at risk for trafficking each year. We can’t possibly know all of their stories or the horrors that each one faced. We do, however, have stories that we can draw from scripture. Do you mean to say...

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Unconditional Hospitality in a Bloodthirsty World

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Unconditional Hospitality in a Bloodthirsty World

So John and I finally got a chance to see Lone Survivor. Since we were probably the world’s last couple to do so, you no doubt already know how amazing it was. Amazingly shocking. Amazingly brutal. Amazingly raw. The word that struck me most was given just before the credits: “Pashtunwali.” Named for the Pashtun peoples, it’s basically an unwritten code of conduct or a “code of life.” One of the ten principles of Pashtunwali speaks to “Melmastia” meaning “hospitality.” These peoples go to much greater lengths than we would typically think necessary in extending hospitality. In this culture,...

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The Transformation Project

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The Transformation Project

Transformation. It can occur slowly, as in an evolution or a migration of change. Yet, you experience it in split fragments, in the smallest measurable flashes of time. In the big picture, you see the mass of micro-changes as a whole. You convince yourself that the transformation occurred in one mighty avalanche, now that the end result is within view. You stand back. You scan the mountain range. You marvel at its beauty, its grandeur, its foreboding strength, giving little thought to how it came to be. But when you’re in it, actually a part of the transformation, you see all the intricate...

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What Will You Do With Your 168 Hours?

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What Will You Do With Your 168 Hours?

168 hours – sounds like a lot of time, huh? Yet it’s all we have in a week, and we all know how quickly those hours fly. I was reading a book recently called, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. Laura and I are cut from the same cloth in that we both try to use every moment to its fullest. She, however, has discovered some secrets to moment-by-moment fulfillment that have eluded me up until now. For instance, Laura knows that we try to squeeze activities we love around the edges of things that seem inevitable merely because of others’ expectations. I guess I knew...

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