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Gideon – This Is my Maiden Name

Gideon – This Is my Maiden Name

Contributor: Kay Gideon “The Lord is with you, o valiant warrior.” Judges 6:12 You may know the story of Gideon in the Bible. But here is my story. My parents were divorced when I was 3 years old, and my father was not involved in our lives other than to pay child support. My mother went on to marry again and divorce. She was left with 5 children.   Life was hard for me as a child. I w ...[Read More]

Captured by Amazing Lenses

Captured by Amazing Lenses

It all starts with a trip to the zoo carrying in your hand a camera and your new amazing lenses. Now you are ready to capture moments that will forever remind you of the beauty you had a chance to lay your eyes on. And God sees that. Birds from all over the world; animals you never imagined to exist. One question absorbs your concentration: What is the story behind their pretty colors and shapes? ...[Read More]

Come with Me to the Water

Come with Me to the Water

Come with me to the water, friends. Come with me. This simple statement has echoed in my mind this past week. Over and over, this rhythm of words has hummed through my soul, and this idea of water and washing has pulled me deeper into the Word and placed you on my heart. Water heals and cleanses and purifies, yes? It washes away the dirt and grime, removing the ugly and the nasty and the dirt.  &# ...[Read More]

Good Father 

Good Father 

I wasn’t young when someone said most of us humans put the attributes of our own fathers on our heavenly Father. I immediately bristled. I was much more spiritually evolved than that. I know we call them both “father” but I know the difference. I dismissed the thought. But, for years it lingered. And the older I got the more I understand just how we could do it. I began to see how my flawed human ...[Read More]

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

Throwing Stones and Roasting Pigs: The Art of Letting Go

I live in a pretty incredible place. Who am I kidding? Alaska is STUNNING. No day is identical, and every day has the potential to be an adventure. The wildlife is crazy impressive. (Round of applause for no snakes or roaches!) Our summer sun never sets, and we’ve got mountains and glaciers and islands and rivers and ocean and volcanoes. And did I mention our lovely June and July temps? Who doesn’ ...[Read More]

No Tree is Taking My Place in the Choir

No Tree is Taking My Place in the Choir

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” Let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth. I give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 1 Chronicles 16: 31-34 I’ ...[Read More]

No More Excuses, Y’all

No More Excuses, Y’all

Ain’t nobody got time for a wreck. Slow it down. I discovered this small slice of practical advice plastered on every electronic safety billboard hovering over this stretch of interstate in Tennessee. I’d love to shake the hand of the person who typed that little nugget of truth into the state system. Bravo, my friend. Your humor is on point. My family of four is currently 1,000 miles into a 6,700 ...[Read More]

Are there Icebergs in Australia?

Are there Icebergs in Australia?

One of my all time favorite books on THE PLANET is a kid’s book. No surprise there, right? Don’t laugh. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a must-have for any personal library. You’d be amazed how many hidden gems you can uncover in a short story geared to second graders. Over the past six months, I’ve had more than my share of stinkin’ hard days. Mornings where I’ve wo ...[Read More]

You’re Wrong, Dr. Seuss

You’re Wrong, Dr. Seuss

Dear Dr. Seuss and my friends in Cyberspace, My cousin gave me your book Oh! The Places You’ll Go! when I graduated from Lafayette High School in 1994. (Yes. I’m old. But forty is fun, ladies.) I loved it. I read it to my classroom kids when I graduated college and became a teacher. I’ve read it countless times over the years to my children. In the past, I’ve even shared it with university s ...[Read More]

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