25 Years of Marriage and How the Romance Novels Got it All Wrong

We’ve been married for 25 years today.   25 years we’ve been finding our way back to each other over and over again.  We made it through the first few years of married after the shine of honeymoons and happily-ever-afters began to lose their luster. We’ve weathered financial troubles and many days wondering whether or not we’d be able to pay for the cozy life we’d...
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Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Proverbs 3:56 I’ve read that verse a thousand times growing up.  In fact it was part of the private school logo I attended for most of elementary school days.  Yet, here I am almost 45 years old and I’m still not sure I fully comprehend its...
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Part of the Journey

It was so cold when my alarm jolted me from a fitful sleep.  So cold in fact, that my first instinct was to re-set my alarm and burrow deeper under the covers, the cocoon of heat from the warmth of our bodies a familiar comfort. I closed my eyes and wished for forty-five more minutes but I could feel my heart whooshing in my ears. How could I sleep? I had heard Him calling and I had spent so...
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Plane Rides (The Whisper of God)

I sat next to him on a plane a while back. He boarded with his ukulele and a camouflaged backpack slung carelessly across his shoulders. He couldn’t have been more than 15,  maybe 16. There was still enough boy etched onto his face just there behind the tell-tale signs of impending manhood. The airplane was dark. Except for the light that beamed spotlight-like over his seat. The captain,...
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The Bravest Hospitality

I messed up last week.  I was sitting in my Research Methods class trying to understand terminology that makes my head hurt.  I had been at school since 8:30 that morning and it was pushing 7PM.  I was fighting my second bout of an irritating cough, the first having felled me on Christmas day.  I. So. Don’t. Have. Time. for more sickness. I felt ragged, like someone had wrung me out and...
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