In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

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  Let’s talk about choosing One Word for the coming year.    2018 is just over a month away, but if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I gave up New Year’s resolutions over a decade ago. Why? All those good intentions — the “I wills” and the “I won’ts” — faded so quickly, and …

In Others’ Words: The Serious Business of Joy

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I often expect to find joy here. Now.  And then I’m reminded that joy is other-worldly. Oh, sure, we can catch glimpses of joy in our lives here on earth. As we love and are loved by others. And I always, always hear echoes of joy in the laughter of children. But the love and grace and forgiveness of God …

In Others’ Words: The Anger Remedy

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  The other night I decided to enter into a controversial debate . . . a conversation on Facebook, something I just don’t do. I wrote out my comment, editing it here and there, and then read it out loud to my husband Rob and my sixteen-year-old daughter, CJ. Here’s how the conversation went afterward: CJ: Can I say something? …

In Others’ Words: Imperfect Learning

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I like to tell people that I don’t hang around with perfect people because they make me uncomfortable. I usually say it in such a way that I get a laugh. Ha ha ha. Nobody’s perfect, right?  Except those of us pretending that we are. Acting like we have life all figured out. All under control. Been there, done that. Had …

In Others’ Words: And Forgive Us Our Brokenness

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I find myself embracing brokenness more and more.  My brokenness. Others’ brokenness. And I also find myself grasping to understand forgiveness … truly comprehend forgiving others. Forgiving myself.  The ironic thing is that for so long I aimed for perfection. And I failed. No surprise there, I know. And I thought forgiveness was as easy as hearing someone say “I’m sorry” …

In Others’ Words: The Temptation of Bitterness

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When I hear cautions against bitterness, I immediately think of the admonition: See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (Hebrews 12:15 NIV) And Martin Luther King, Jr. got it right when he called bitterness a temptation — a choice we wrestle with …

In Others’ Words: Pardon, My Mistake

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  When I was I was in elementary school, I wrote reports. Remember those? The teacher would assign you to write about a certain country — the food they ate, the clothes they wore … occupations … traditions … whatever. I would do my research. Collect my facts on those little lined white index cards. And then, I’d begin writing …

In Others’ Words: Moving Forward

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Yesterday, I wrote a scene where an imaginary character grapples with forgiving someone — someone who hurt him years ago. And as I wrote the scene, I realized that some of the words coming out of the character’s mouth were my own. I wasn’t too surprised. I’ve grappled with forgiveness — the whole “How do I forgive this person, God?” …

In Others’ Words: Reconciliation

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“In a quarrel, leave room for reconciliation.” ~Russian proverb So, my husband and me. When we first got married we had different styles of fighting. Let’s just say I was the more verbal one. Neither of us were all that good at reconciling. I was quite good at holding my ground–and holding a grudge. Rob usually was the first one …