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The sad thing is that I understand some of the reasoning behind this.

DISCLAIMER: Please read and consider before you hate. Also take into consideration that I fully admit that I am no politician, economist, or educator. These are simply some insights from my personal experience and are in no way set in stone or backed by any sort of research. I’d love to hear your thoughts (agreement and dissent) and highly encourage discussion and interaction, but let us respect each other and do so in a constructive manner.

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Poets and philosophers have waxed poetic about it since the first icy thread rent the first broken heart. They fill tomes and tombs with tales tall and true. Yet, I’ve spent more than a year trying to conjure some eloquent expression and not a one finds the grace to relent. No, they twist and trip down my tangled tongue then to stick to the tip, frozen, unmoving, unyielding, unsaid. There comes no song; no lay of lament. No sonnet to silence a cacophonous confusion. Only the aftermath, the end; the beginning of some perverted version of what ought to have been. All that is left in the din and the darkness is a single ray, as clear and cruel as the night is dirty and dank. Ruthlessly, it rings with what I’ve always known: The words do not come because, in truth, there are none.

It’s not elegant.
It’s not poetic.
It’s raw.
It’s ragged.
It’s real.

It’s painful and it’s plain:

My sister is dead.

Hey all! Long time, no post. Miss me?

As you may have realized from my lack of posting, writing is a luxury I rarely allow myself these days. So, when my friend Steph over at Everyday Awe asked me to write a guest blog for her Wonder Advent Series, I jumped at the opportunity.

Steph and I have known each other for over a dozen years. We lost touch for a bit, but God brought us back together this year through the blogging community and I can honestly say I am better for it. She is an amazing woman in more ways than I can enumerate in a simple blog post. Her writing comes from the heart and is real and raw in the most beautifully humbling way. Wander over to Everyday Awe and you’ll soon understand what I mean.

P.S. No matter what she or her husband say, Apples to Apples is as much about playing to the dealer as it is playing on words. I only won so much because they love wordplay as much as I do.

What are you still doing here?!? Go!

Wonder

Wonder: Rediscover the Christmas Story is an Advent series designed to help us pause and reflect on how amazing the stories of Jesus’ birth really are. To break through the cluttered busyness of the season and touch our hearts with the awe of what God has done. Let’s make this a season of wonder and worship, marveling together at our great God.

Audrey Hepburn fairy tales quote with a nod to Narnia

I remixed this Audrey Hepburn quote at www.thequotefactory.com and then uploaded the file to www.picaboo.com to make a panel plaque for my desk. I thought the lamppost was a nice homage to the Inkling who believed, Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again: the great author, apologist, and originator of Narnia, himself, C.S. Lewis.

For a couple of months now, my friend Steph at Everyday Awe and I have been communicating about an idea for encouraging others that is close to both of our hearts. I am so excited to announce that she has brought that idea into fruition and, as of today, has officially posted an offer to personalize a beautiful 8×10 self-printable decorative poster of God’s promises from Scripture FOR FREE. The design comes in four different colors and can be sent as a .jpg or .pdf. I am so honored and proud of her fabulous work on this. She has done SUCH a FANTASTIC job!

We tell ourselves so many lies on a daily basis, it’s time we start telling ourselves some TRUTH, instead. Go get yourself one right now! I promise you will be glad you did.

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Lenten season. Until recently, whenever anyone asked me what I was giving up for Lent, I joked that I was giving up Lent up for Lent. Last night a friend mentioned that he didn’t see the point in Lent and that got me thinking: what is the point of Lent?

This is what I came up with.

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