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On Mothering

It has been said that we learn more from what is caught than what is taught; our actions speak so much louder than our words. This weekend, when we pause to reflect on our mothers, or ourselves as mothers, or all manner of mothering, there's a whirlwind of emotion for so many. It can be a frustrating holiday, a heart-wrenching day, or a … Read More...

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Reinforcing Your Calling

New to the 2013 schedule, each team in the NFL plays a nationally televised Thursday night game. The preparation between the prior Sunday's game and the Thursday match-up is intense with one or more near all-nighters, but the weekend following the game becomes a mini-Bye with an enjoyable couple … [Read More...]

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What Was He Thinking? (Part 4)

"...Just as He said." I've been meditating on those words the angel spoke to Mary and Mary Magdalene when they went to the tomb on Sunday morning. If I were to put myself in the shoes of anyone in the Resurrection story, it would be these two women. They walked with Him, they believed in Him, and I … [Read More...]

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What Was He Thinking? (Part 3)

Dread. I learned not too long ago that dread is actually fear. I never really looked at it that way, but was made aware of the fact we dread something because we fear the anticipated negative outcome we'll undoubtedly have to face. Jesus knew exactly what He was facing as the hours before His … [Read More...]

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What Was He Thinking (Part 2)

  Last night we had a sweet young engaged couple over for dinner. We'll be participating in their wedding later this month and we wanted to get to know them on a deeper, more spiritual level. As I've done every morning this week I've focused on the Cross and have asked God to reveal things … [Read More...]

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What Was He Thinking? (Part 1)

This is a big week for all of humanity. And it's THE week if you're a follower of Christ. In the next few days I'd like to give some insight into God's plan for us and His great love for us, as evidenced by Jesus' experiences leading up to Easter. Everything Jesus did was for a reason. … [Read More...]

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Lent Enhancers

By definition, Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Easter Sunday. In common vernacular, the purpose of Lent is to deny yourself of something in order to, in the smallest measure, be able to physically … [Read More...]

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Breakthrough

Only a few short weeks ago, we welcomed our second grandchild into the world. Oshiolema ("Ollie") Michael Atogwe was born about 10 days early to our daughter Jill and son-in-law Oshiomogho. He's healthy and growing, but soooo far from us! They live in the Virginia area, which is a 3+ hour flight … [Read More...]

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Out With the Old

"Out with the Old, In with the New." I like to bring a spiritual element into my New Year's Eve celebrations. As a child, our church had a New Year's Eve candlelight service, which at the time I was convinced was designed solely for the purpose of keeping us from having any kind of fun on the … [Read More...]

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9 Gallons

This isn't an actual picture of the inside of my refrigerator, but it certainly could be. I grocery shop nearly every day and recently noticed I was having a hard time keeping the milk shelf stocked. So I counted just how much milk we were drinking in a week. Nine. Nine gallons of milk are … [Read More...]

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Can’t We Get Along?

In the last few days, I've received several 'whadya think?' messages, along with posts and re-posts on my Facebook wall of a video snippet of pastor Joel Osteen's wife Victoria. Several of the published commentaries label her and Joel 'heretics'. By Webster's definition, a heretic is 1. a … [Read More...]

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Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult … [Read More...]