Category Archives: Faith and God

Journey of Authenticity

“What about you?” one of my students asked me in the Freshman Seminar class I was teaching at Ivy Tech Community College, “What’s one of your top five values?” We had just completed a class activity in which I had … Continue reading

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Waiting

“I can’t wait until I’m in college!” fourteen-year-old Kiersten recently proclaimed.  Considering she is only in ninth grade, she has a long wait ahead of her! Kiersten, of course, is looking forward to all the fun that college seems to be:  … Continue reading

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Being Real

“I have a good security guard in my head,” nine-year-old Brennan told me recently as we walked into Subway together, just the two of us. “Really?” I responded.  “That’s interesting.” “Yep,” he continued, “He tells me not to say bad … Continue reading

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Untold Glories

You can never tell to what untold glories a little humble path may lead if you follow far enough.”  ~ Lilias Trotter Nearly thirty years ago, my mom stumbled upon “a humble little path.”  Really, it was just a name, … Continue reading

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When God Seems “Mean”

“God is so mean,” Brennan pronounces as I hold him on the rocking-recliner in his bedroom. “Why?” I inquire.  A bit take-aback, to be honest.  I never know how to respond to these type of statements.  I realize my response … Continue reading

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God at Work in Little Lives

What do tic tacs, an older sister, a DVD, and a carton of eggs have in common?  They are all accomplices to one of the biggest decisions in each of my children’s lives. The decision to ask Jesus into their hearts. … Continue reading

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Papa Panov and Advent

In the reading that our family follows for Advent, the second candle that we light is called the Bethlehem Candle, which “shines to show us that Christ came to us in the quiet of a stable in Bethlehem.”  So that week we focus on baby Jesus.  … Continue reading

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Taking in the Weather

I woke up the morning of the election only to discover that I didn’t know who I was going to vote for that day. This is a scary confession for me to make.  Scary because some people may have judgmental reactions to this.  … Continue reading

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The Little Things

My heels are a daily reminder of the value of consistency and faithfulness.  Of how even the little things can make a big difference.  Let me explain… In recent years, my heels have become cracked.  Very cracked.  Dead skin.  Deep … Continue reading

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The Best Cleaning Agent

A little over a year ago, I made a life-changing discovery:  the cleansing power of vinegar. I had heard from others that vinegar was an amazing cleaning agent.  I have friends who wash their windows and mirrors with vinegar.  I … Continue reading

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