Reading the Bible Just Might Change Your Life

So, this is really brilliant. I am a Bible study writer, who keeps forgetting about the Bible. How does this happen? How am I so selfish and forgetful and lazy that I want to write inspirational ideas about Jesus, but I can never remember to START WITH THE BIBLE? The really fantastic pattern goes something...
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Wrinkles & Lessons

At twenty-two, I was a fresh-faced college graduate, thrilled to be headed to Houston for my first teaching job.  I had seen Dangerous Minds and Dead Poet’s Society, so I  knew teaching would be hard. Thanks to these movies, I fully expected to introduce my inner-city/poor rich kids to the importance of literature. Shortly after that,...
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The Nerve of Public Speaking

This morning I gave chapel at the kids’ school. Let me tell you, kids are a tough crowd. Groups of grown-ups have sort-of made up their minds about me as a speaker before I even start. Some people in the audience are rooting for me. There’s also those in the group who are distracted or just...
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The Best of Times

Walking through downtown Galveston, on almost the last day of the year, we spotted this cute, handwritten sign. Even though we were all somewhere on the Virus Train of Death and not feeling very well, this stenciled sign made our family smile. Thank you, Charles Dickens, for the poetic words. They have named my blog,...
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Joy to the World!

Growing up, mail during Advent was a really big deal to our family. We received lots and lots of Christmas cards, filled with those goofy family letters, beautiful pictures of Jesus, and thoughts about His birthday. I remember sorting through the evergreen and cherry envelopes, recognizing some senders by their distinct handwriting, giddy to know...
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This is Happy: A List

Fall is in full-swing here in Texas. The temperatures dipped into the 70s this week, which is still not cool enough for these kids to wear outfits. You know, with shirts and actual pants. But this cooler weather has invigorated our family. With shorter days comes the promise of holidays, tastes of pumpkin-everything, and s’mores...
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Words Change Things

For the past couple months, my bedside table and audio book playlist has been crowded with Christianish non-fiction. Interrupted and Seven by Jen Hatmaker, Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist, and Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle. I’ve never reviewed any of these books on Amazon, but if I did, here’s...
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Dear Friends….

First of all, let me say that I love book dedications. Ever since I’ve loved books (decades, that is) I’ve so enjoyed the dedication at the front of them. In fact, when I read my own kids the Children’s Classics, (the same ones that I read when I was a kid) I wonder if I...
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