so tired

I’m usually a night owl, but I’m gonna have to hit the hay bale as soon as I hit “publish” tonight. Hoo boy. I think all this excitement is catching up with me. I also think I have a habit of saying yes when I should say no, biting off more than I can chew, that sort of thing. I’m sloooowly trying to tie up loose ends, get things paid off, finish projects, de-clutter once and …

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let’s give ourselves away

This post isn’t going to be profound. Or complete. It’s 7:00pm, and I haven’t started dinner. There will also be disclaimers. Like this one. Disclaimer: Yes, our family is doing some awesome things with our lives these days. But 1.) we can’t take an ounce of the credit. And 2.) it is absolutely not all love and happiness and unselfishness around these parts (TRUST ME). I’ve said before that I struggle with sharing stuff about …

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isaiah 61

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;[a] he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; 3 to grant to those who mourn …

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can’t be/do all the things

I’m pretty sure I wrote a similar post to the one I’m about to write awhile back, but I’m too lazy/tired to find it. Besides being tired, I am also feeling INSPIRED and ENERGIZED. Because: 1. Paying bills! 2. A fun day with my parents. 3. SUN-freaking-SHINE!!! 4. Working on a project I love! 5. And I love our apartment complex! 6. And I love Cambodia! That’s enough love for now. Let’s make some more …

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one more debt to repay

Friends. I don’t even know what to do with all of you. So much love and rejoicing and virtual hugging and honest-to-goodness tears on our behalf. We’re totally and completely overwhelmed. THANK YOU. Today I deposited two big checks and got out enough cash ($414) to pay our children the money we’ve borrowed from them (and bought them each a pint of raspberries and two pairs of Old Navy flip-flops in lieu of interest, except …

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i can’t process this much good news.

Friends. I can’t even. Like I really CAN’T EVEN. Thank you thank you thank you, Jesus!! Man a(stinking)live. Holy cow. This is just nuts. NUTS. Remember that “We Put Our House Up For Sale, And We’re Moving to an Apartment” series I started back in December? (Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) If you aren’t in the clicking/reading mood, we decided in October to sell our house, take a loss, move into an apartment, …

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hitting snags and trusting anyway

This blogging-every-day thing has been a good exercise in discipline for me (still can’t believe I blogged almost every day for years, whether or not I had something to say), but I don’t think I’ll continue it after April 30. This week has been pretty packed-full and stressful. And I’ve done a lousy job of trusting God to work out details instead of leaning on my own understanding. One snag after another, yet God continues …

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love in any language

Ten points if you have the words FLUENTLY SPOKEN HERE! in your head now. (Five points if you have no idea what I’m talking about.) (Sandi Patty! Youtube.) I just Googled the lyrics, and LOVE. The sounds are all as different As the lands from which they came And though our words are all unique Our hearts are still the same Love in any language, straight from the heart Pulls us all together, never apart …

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this book soothes me and moves me

I had a little bit of a stressful weekend. Two low-lights being: 1.) finishing a 5-hour editing project on Friday and having to redo the entire thing on Saturday and 2.) “fixing” the van and having it overheat again. And, then, after my 11-hour writing/editing marathon Saturday, I just wanted to take a nap today after church but LOUD CHILDREN coming inside every five seconds for water and soccer balls and ball pumps and to …

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psalm 66

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth! 2     Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. 4 All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.”[a] 5 Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind! 6 He turned the sea into dry land, …

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