Hebrew Word Study: What Does it Mean to Wait for the LORD?

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What does it mean to “wait for the LORD?” Does it mean sitting back and doing nothing? No one I know personally is waiting for insignificant things from God — I am not waiting for insignificant things from God! They are huge things with eternal significance: …for someone to leave a physically abusive relationship …for an infant to make it through one... Read More

Planting Raspberries, In Good Time

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For years, during the strain of all our moves, my husband and I talked about planting raspberries. It gradually morphed into a symbol of all our dreaming and planning to establish a place together someday. After we moved here, we kept putting off the raspberries — for nearly three years! But last week, it happened. He and I and the four kids dug into the dirt, burying raspberry... Read More

Redeeming Motherhood (When Every Day is April Fool’s Day)

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This. Right here. This random hanger, waving in the top of our weeping cherry at the front entry, like a banner of motherhood… This is one of many reasons parenting is the most humbling thing that has ever happened to me. I have no idea who put the hanger there. I have no idea how long it has been there. I am guessing one of the kids is responsible for it. The hanger is... Read More

Hebrew Word Study from Noah

Yesterday I posted about why God flooded the earth, because it’s a question that’s “out there” right now. Today I’m posting about the Hebrew words in the Noah story… for the sole reason that I am an irremediable Word Nerd, and if I suppress that too long, it erupts to the surface in a volcanic display, like you are about to see. In a few moments... Read More

Noah: Why Did God Flood the Earth?

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The “Noah” movie, featuring Russell Crowe, premiered today! I’m seeing the whole range of responses from Christians, mostly: - excitement that people might dust off their Bibles, or - frustration that it may not be a close reflection of the Genesis account. I tend toward the first camp. At least, I plan to see it. Wednesday, I posted about whether Noah was a good... Read More

Perfecter of Our Faith

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It rained while I wrote yesterday’s Noah post – gently, not ferociously. God promised He would never cover the whole Earth with water again. He promises that floods will come – in this world I have trouble, no doubt – but my faith will never be completely overwhelmed. I’ve entered His shelter through Jesus the Door, and I will be carried safely to... Read More

Was Noah Good?

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Russell Crowe’s “Noah” premieres this Friday, March 28. I’m looking foward to seeing it. But when the first trailers came out last year, I was skeptical. In the interviews, Noah was described “not benevolent” and not good. Crowe’s “Noah” tells his son, at one point in the trailer, that he wasn’t chosen for being good: “I... Read More

When Small Beginnings Die

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It’s strange weather for starting seeds, with the garden buried six feet under in snow… but spring is only seven weeks away! Every year when we start seedlings, my husband says, “I’ll just plant a few different kinds of tomatoes…” Every year, the “few” turn into a vast, unnavigable jungle, tightly packed with tomatoes to pick. I try... Read More

Born in a Barn

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When my husband and I first married, he was the type to hike up Pike’s Peak, his chin-length blonde hair temporarily pulled out of the way, then come back down and strum a little guitar beneath the Rockies. After we got married, he started hunting and cattle ranching. When he takes up a new venture, he never does it in a small way. At the risk of being too honest… this... Read More

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Add an Engine

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Almost at the end of our long drive home, the kids shrieked over two small airplanes descending across the highway… not that I would ever take pictures while driving… On a whim, we followed them to their hangar and then whipped around to Stearman Field, hoping to catch a couple planes making their last few flights before the weather turned bad. Among the airplane... Read More