Archives for October 2012

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Goodbye October, Hello November (Day 31)

We made it! I wrote for 31 days. You read for 31 days. We make a good team. Writing the last day post seems the hardest of them all. Wanting to wrap up. Wanting to reflect. Wanting to share what I’ve learned, experienced. When I look back at this past month, I love where this […]

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The Harvest of Allume- Day 30

It was one of the last breakout sessions. Saturday afternoon. She sat down next to me. And after the customary introductions she said words that spoke directly to my soul. “I’ve noticed you this weekend. You have such a gentle and sweet spirit.” God whispering to me through her offering. Did she know that just […]

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It’s Not About the Pumpkin- Day 29

We sat at Caribou Coffee. The one in White Bear Lake. Holding back the frustration of our day not going the way intended. When my dad said: “It’s not about the pumpkin.” I don’t know when the tradition had started. Maybe it was when I was ten. I remember my mom was in the hospital […]

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Sacrament of Letting Go- Day 28

Sacrament of Letting Go By  Macrina Wierderkehr Slowly She celebrated the sacrament of letting go First she surrendered her green Then the orange, yellow, and red Finally she let go of her brown Shedding her last leaf she stood empty and silent, stripped bare. Leaning against the winter sky she began her vigil of trust. […]

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Do Not Grow Weary- Day 27

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9   This Scripture has come to mind. Over and over in recent weeks. There are many times I’ve become weary. Sometimes the weariness has not come from doing good. […]

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Harvest Vision- Day 26

Digging. Planting. Aching bones. Tired hands. In the midst of the toil, my eyes focused on the details. The work. It  can be hard to lift my eyes up. To have vision for the harvest. We work. And work. Laborious efforts.  In our corners of the world. We give our mind. Our body. Our soul. […]

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Harvest- Veggie Pizza- Day 25

This week we’ve been reflecting on the harvest days of Fall. Of gathering all that we have worked for. Waited for. One of the main components of Harvest is reaping and collecting. Enjoying the fruits (or veggies) of our labor. Remembering God’s sustaining sun and rain. Remembering that seeds do grow.   My friend Kristi […]

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Ten Things for my Roommate to Know (Day 24)

I leave on Thursday to attend Allume. It is a conference for women who are bloggers and writers. It seems surreal that I am going. Can not wait to hear the speakers and meet a wonderful community of bloggers I’ve connected with in the last few months. I’m rooming with some women I have only […]

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Harvest- Interviewing the Clarks- Day 23

The mid 1950s. The beginning. Married 57 years. Pastoring for 56 years. Three children. Eight grandchildren. I’m honored to interview David and Helen Clark. As I wrote yesterday, our paths crossed when we lived in Seattle. And our journey has been richer because of it. Read the introduction here. Join me in enjoying the life […]

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When I’m 40. 60. 80. (Day 22)

“When I’m 40 I want to be a woman of full of joy. I hope my life has been marked by generosity and compassion. May I be a mom who is fully engaged with her children. A wife who loves her husband with abandon.” So reads a journal entry I wrote in my late twenties. […]

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Sunday Harvest- Day 21

A Timbered Choir by Wendell Berry Whatever is foreseen in joy Must be lived out from day to day. Vision held open in the dark By our ten thousand days of work. Harvest will fill the barn: for that The hand must ache, the face must sweat. And yet no leaf or grain is filled […]

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Rob Hacking Melanie’s Blog

Melanie is attending Allume Conference next week. Jesse, Sarah Mae’s husband, hacked her blog with a challenge to all husbands of women attending. Write on her post on how the blogging community and/or the Allume conference has impacted your wife for good. (This is Melanie, hacking the hack to include a link to it here) […]

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