Tag: Relationships

With Us

God with us is a difficult concept to embrace. God always with us. We are never alone. How does that work? How do I feel close to someone who’s not here? My son taught me a little about this. It

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Loving Deeply

I was asked to officiate a wedding ceremony for a couple I had never met. I have only done a couple of ceremonies and prefer to know the couple. So, the dilemma began. What do I say to a couple I

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Enough Faith

This sign hangs by our dining table. I see it everyday, but this week it has been stirring within me. What does it mean to have enough faith? I hear statements such as, “pray harder,” “you didn’t pray hard enough,”

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Brothers

                Memorial Day is a time when I reflect back on the service of my dad during WWII. Dad and John became brothers in boot camp. They always lined up next to each

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Burned but Not Consumed

I love a good fire. They are relaxing, calming and a great way to end a day. The logs, however, are always consumed. I was reading a book called Falling Upward when I read this quote. It left me eyes wide

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The Pharisee in Me

I like to be right. I will argue my point. I will stand my ground. In my house, all of us like to be right, and take great pleasure in proving someone else wrong. The family banter is fun, but

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Why I Believe

It’s supposed to be spring in Minnesota, but nine inches of new snow has given me reason to doubt. I believe, if we are honest with ourselves, we all have times of doubt. We all have questions. I grew up

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Searching

Searching for answers is part of the human condition. We all have different questions, but want the right answer. Is that the right approach? I had a random, yet inspiring conversation after church this week. The conversation was mostly about

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Contentment

Contentment is something I long for in my relationship with God. At times I feel like I have it; at others, I feel I’m holding on for dear life. This past year, filled with grief, obstacles, and new challenges left

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The Race

A few years ago, I was asked if I would run a race, a 5k. My first thought was maybe. I’m not really a runner. Then I looked at the course for this race. It was on the hills of

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