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We're Broken People in a Broken World but there's Beauty in the Breaking that Makes Us Whole

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.

Yesterday, I read a bit of Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. So much spoke to me, resonated deep. I had to share.

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Note to my dearest friends and relatives: The following is a true confession that I haven’t told very many people. You may find it shocking. I am sorry I haven’t told you in person. I love you. Thank you for loving me. You have been warned. Proceed with caution.

I tried to run away from home several times throughout my childhood. I say, “tried” because I wasn’t very successful. Growing up on a dead end road opposite a cornfield in the middle of the boonies didn’t afford a pre-license lady many exit routes. In fact, I may not remember how old I was the first time I tried to run away from home, but I do recall that I didn’t even leave the house; I just curled up in the hall closet for a bit. Apparently, my young mind hadn’t completely grasped the concept.

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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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