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Tuesday, June 15
HOW HAD THE DAY GOTTEN away from me? It was almost dusk, and I hadn’t exercised. With darkness encroaching, it was too risky to ride my bicycle, so I’d walk. I grabbed my headphones and set out, anxious to catch up on the news of the day as I exercis
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June
Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air…taste the fruit. HENRY DAVID THOREAU ■
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Saturday, May 1
MY DRIVE INTO WORK TAKES me down the California coastline. The view is spectacular. The cliffs to my right disappear into the crashing waves below. As I drop into the small coastal valley, the beach curves past the mountain range that frames the seas
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Wednesday, June 30
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN twenty-two years of marriage, my husband, Scott, and I are buying a house. We are moving 637 miles northeast of the California coast to Idaho. It is brand new house that is twice the size of the midcentury rental we live in. It
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Tuesday, June 8
JUST SAY “NO.” I REMEMBER this phrase plastered as a slogan on posters around my high school. Saying “no” was believed by authority figures to be a talisman that would ward off all manner of teenage vices. Later I built on the power of “no” as I incr
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Sunday, June 27
I WILL NEVER FORGET THE video a church member shared one Sunday after returning from a missions trip to Africa. First, he described the harsh conditions these believers faced: extreme poverty, persecution for their beliefs, and threats of violence. T
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Tuesday, June 29
I GRABBED MY COMPUTER BAG and dashed out the door. I had a two-hour work window because my son Jake offered to watch our new pup, Ody. I had already played with him, fed him, and walked him a few times. I didn’t have the chance to shower, but I had d
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Saturday, May 29
IT’S A TIME OF TRANSITION for our family. My oldest daughter, Grace, just graduated from high school. This whole year has been a series of last times, juxtaposed with all of the possibilities open to her for the future. I’ve been a bit of a train wre
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Wednesday, June 2
MY JOB AS A MIDDLE school teacher this year was both exciting and challenging. Its challenges took a toll on my family life. I was exhausted by the time I got home. Stress affected my relationship with Scott and the boys. My inability to cope left me
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Tuesday, June 22
MY HUSBAND, GENE, AND I had just returned from Slovakia where we’d helped host an English-learning evangelistic family camp. We’d come home tired, and jetlag added to our fatigue. So did thinking about our upcoming schedule. It included hosting eveni
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Tuesday, May 25
BECAUSE OF MY MOTHER’S HISTORY, I get an annual mammogram at MD Anderson Cancer Prevention Center. Some years back, a doctor asked if I’d participate in a study for women at low-risk for ovarian cancer. It would require blood to be drawn once a year
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Wednesday, June 16
“IF HE WERE MY DOG, I wouldn’t want him to suffer anymore,” our vet advised tenderly. It was time to say goodbye to our thirteen-year-old Labrador. I’d been holding back tears, but when the vet spoke those words, I felt them slip down my cheeks. I lo
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Friday, June 18
CONFESSION TIME: I JUST NOW used a rubber spatula to scrape ice cream off the sides of its paper carton and eat it. Even though it’s late afternoon. Even though I had a bowl of the black walnut ice cream this morning. I can explain. My freezer drawer
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Wednesday, May 19
EVERY SPRING OUR MISSIONS STAFF gathers for a conference somewhere in Eastern Europe to provide encouragement through networking, participating in corporate worship and Bible teaching, and hearing stories about what God is doing through one another’s
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Sunday, May 16
THIS SPRING, MY SIXTH-GRADE BIBLE class put on a play about the prophet Jonah for our middle school. My friend Alexis was the director. A theater arts major in college, she brought all her gifts to the table: creativity, humor, drama, and fantastic s
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Thursday, June 24
SINCE MOVING INTO THE MARINA, we’ve intentionally built relationships by being hospitable and helping with fix-it jobs on our neighbors’ boats. We’ve made lots of friends, but we’ve yet to find another believer. Our neighbors’ lives are difficult and
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Thursday, June 10
MY CREDIT CARD BILL THIS month was three times larger than usual. When I lamented to my husband, he tried to reassure me. “You had several large ministry expenses, Jeanette.” But I knew better. For me, overspending is what the writer of Hebrews calls
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Tuesday, June 1
I CAN STILL FEEL THE warmth of that freshly baked cookie in my hands. It was the perfect accompaniment to my second cup of coffee that morning as I prepared to facilitate a brainstorming workshop a few weeks ago. Days earlier, the retreat team had in
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Friday, May 7
YEARS AGO, I GAVE MY mom a journal called “Reflections from a Mother’s Heart: Your Life Story in Your Own Words,” which had pages that asked specific questions. On a recent visit, she returned the book filled out. Although I already knew much of the
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Sunday, May 30
I LOVE THIS PASSAGE BECAUSE it offers me hope for a wealthy unsaved friend. My husband used to do her yardwork. Two years ago, disappointed by the poor condition of her massive iris garden, she requested David remove it. I had to agree with her. The
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May
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. PROVERBS 31:25 ■
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Wednesday, June 23
I’VE BEEN TRAINING OUR NEW puppy, Ody. He’s a chocolate lab with beautiful hazel-green eyes. He’s our third Labrador. We trained the other two while raising three rowdy boys. Suffice it to say, our dogs didn’t get much training. They were loved, but
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Friday, May 21
HOW COULD I HAVE RUN out of vanilla? I realized it right in the middle of mixing the dough for my sugar cookies. In baking, you can substitute some ingredients but not vanilla. I dashed to the car and headed for the grocery store. Just one item. This
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Monday, May 24
IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE EITHER is a life coach or has a life coach. If I had more time and money, I’d love to have some savvy visionary inspiring me, coaxing me to create and stick with a plan, and cheering me on. One can find a coach for just about a
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Monday, June 21
THE CHURCH WHERE I WORK is famous for its floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. My favorite one depicts Jesus as He blessed the children. They range in age from an infant on His lap to an older child sitting in the grass at His feet. One small girl
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Sunday, May 2
I LOVE VISITING NEW PLACES and seeing new things. When I observe different cultures than mine, it widens my perspective. I become more open to contrasting views and choices, and as a result, I learn acceptance. And I delight in trusting Jesus to guid
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Saturday, June 19
TUCKED INTO THE MIRROR FRAME in my bedroom is the only note I ever received from my dad, who is now with Jesus. Dad was not a writer. Nor did he express himself fluently in other ways. But I cherish the words he wrote in his elementary-style script.
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Friday, May 28
A FRIEND FROM HIGH SCHOOL sent an unexpected email. My delight quickly turned to sadness. Her daughter, not yet forty, was battling an aggressive breast cancer and faced another critical round of treatments. My friend was asking for prayer, hoping to
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Thursday, June 3
WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE IN college and weary of school, I’d remind them to “finish strong.” The temptation to coast arose in the final semester. I understood their struggle, because years ago I went through the same impulse. I didn’t think I could face
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Friday, June 4
A FEW MONTHS AGO, I took my daughter and two granddaughters to a paint-your-own-pottery studio. Recently, at a different studio, I had painted a napkin holder, and now I wanted matching salt and pepper shakers. The method I’d used on the napkin holde
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