Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Next Forty Days, Day 17–Life in Reverse

The year that was 2011 was exceedingly difficult: my relationship with my significant other ended, I lost my job, and lost my home and had to move. I had lost my father in September of the previous year. It was … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 16–Out of Time

“There never seems to be enough time to do the thing you want to do once you find them…” ~Jim Croce Somehow today time just got away from me. In fact, if I looked back at the last couple of … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 15–Searching for What’s Next

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Frederick Buechner I have loved this quote since the first time I read it back in the mid-1990s, because it spoke so … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 14–Suffering and Silence

During these 40 days, folks who observe the season of Lent spend a lot of time thinking about suffering. The closer we get to the end of these days, the intensity of focus concentrates on Jesus’s suffering as he is beaten, … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 13–Jesus Wept

The shortest verse in the bible is in the Gospel of John, chapter 11, verse 35. “Jesus wept.” Two words. I first learned about this verse when my father told us the story about how he and his siblings each had … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 12–Driven to Distraction

Sometimes I think I live in a perennial state of distraction. My children used to accuse me of having ADD. “Focus, Mommy,” they used to say to me when I would stop mid-sentence and notice something completely random. I eventually … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 11–This Next Thing

“If I can just get through this next thing, I’ll be alright.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used that phrase or something like it. I used it just yesterday when I said, “If I can get this … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day 10–Creating from Nothing

Sometimes it takes a real leap of faith to create something from scratch. Each night’s blog post is an exercise in creating from nothing. It involves stretching out 360 degrees, extending your senses in all directions hoping to pick up … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day Nine–The Single Step

The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, was reputed to have said, “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” While it is disputed that those were his exact words (some things tend to get lost or modified in translation), … Continue reading

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The Next Forty Days, Day Eight–No Rest for the Weary

“Foxes have dens, the birds of the air have nests. But the son of man has no place to lay his head.” I don’t sleep very well these days. I have two different gadgets telling me so. I can speculate … Continue reading

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