Category: Family

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Letters to the Lord: Hilton Head Happiness

The week was everything I hoped for and more, and I was exhausted. When you have twenty-one people spanning four generations together, it can be. Joy and drama packed in together. The second day as Paul and I were finally heading to the beach, our youngest nephew greeted us at the bottom of the steps with: “Sorry to bring bad news but Andrew just … Read More Letters to the Lord: Hilton Head Happiness

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Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

I wrote this over a decade ago, when Chris was home in France during a summer break from college. But it seems strangely appropriate now as we continue to work through all hard, hard things of 2020 and beyond. I am thankful that weeping and rejoicing can coexist in the beautiful paradox of God’s love. They have come here to grieve.  And to celebrate. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Weeping and Rejoicing

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Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

It’s the Day after Easter, and I’m so thankful for this day, Lord. And yesterday. Oh, yes. Yesterday. Yesterday we awoke early to attend the sunrise service at Point Park. We joined with over 300 other believers, masked and bundled in the near freezing chill, to worship our Risen Savior as the sun rose in bright splendor to our right, off the side of … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Day After Easter

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Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

I find it almost impossible to believe that exactly one year ago, Paul and I were heading out on a Trans-Atlantic cruise, to celebrate my 60th birthday and our 35th anniversary. Little did we know all that awaited us in 2020 as Covid-19 struck the world. For today, I want to look back on a journal entry I wrote while I was on that … Read More Letters to the Lord: Never Let Me Go

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Letters to the Lord: Mozart, Billy Joel, and Jesus

Ten years ago this month, Paul and I visited Vienna and got Mozart and a whole lot more. Here’s the story: ​ I wanted Mozart in Vienna.  For the entire week of visiting with missionaries who do refugee work on the outskirts of Vienna, I had thought of Billy Joel whose song ‘Vienna’ had captured my heart 30 years earlier when I was a … Read More Letters to the Lord: Mozart, Billy Joel, and Jesus

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Letters to the Lord: Rats on the Beach

Years ago, I got a little surprise at the end of our 20th anniversary celebration in North Africa. And the lesson I learned is still applicable today as life continues to be unpredictable… It had been the perfect vacation, really.  The perfect get-away for Paul and me, the perfect way to celebrate twenty years of marriage.  A trip to Tunisia.  How exotic, we thought. … Read More Letters to the Lord: Rats on the Beach

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Letters to the Lord: On Winning

  It’s Super Bowl time. How do you feel about WINNING? Here are a few of my thoughts from about thirty years ago which still ring oh-so-true to my soul today.     Lord, sometimes I wish I could just win once in a while.  Nothing big.  Just the little daily battles that wear me down ’til I tire of fighting.  Like the kids. … Read More Letters to the Lord: On Winning

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Letters to the Lord: The Crystal Goblet and the Sippy Cup

Years before I ever penned a novel, I wrote short essays about every day life. I usually tied in a spiritual analogy, which was simply my way as a harried mom and missionary of making sense of my life. Here’s one of my favorites from my early years of being a ‘Mommy’.   I have two favorite drinking containers in my house.  One is … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Crystal Goblet and the Sippy Cup

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Letters to the Lord: See What I See

Today, I’ve asked my amazing mother-in-law, Doris Ann Musser, to share a few of her thoughts that were inspired from what she observed in a church service a few years ago. I think you will appreciate her thoughts. Sitting quietly on the back row of church today, I was following the order of service with a blank brain. Pastor announced a hymn. The couple … Read More Letters to the Lord: See What I See

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Letters to the Lord: Sweet Celebrations and Silent Loud Lament

Dear Lord, In the aftermath of Christmas celebrations, please tender my heart to the cradle and the cross. So often in this year I have sensed a deep longing in my soul, a loud yet silent lament for all that is not right. So often I have felt stymied and stagnant, incapable of doing the next thing or even knowing what that next thing … Read More Letters to the Lord: Sweet Celebrations and Silent Loud Lament

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Letters to the Lord: How Will Christmas Come?

The tree is decorated, looking perfectly gorgeous with our imperfect and oh-so-special ornaments. The needlepoint stockings, those blessedly brought back by the angel of lost things, adorn the hearth, and this year I have added a green garland, little white lights, candles, and shiny balls there too. This feels festive and sweet and happy. Mamaw’s straw angels sit beside the fireplace on one side, … Read More Letters to the Lord: How Will Christmas Come?

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Letters to the Lord: The Turkey Trot

I’m interrupting my last post about my Digital Camino experience to repost this Thanksgiving reflection from a few years back. I think we could all use a good laugh this year, and a chance to remember that a perfect Thanksgiving can be seen in many different ways. I’m praying for us all to find deep thankfulness this Thanksgiving for the fact that we are … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Turkey Trot