Vacation In Kansas?

Plunging into a gold mine and scaling Pikes Peak — were just two of the adventures at our family reunion in Colorado two years ago. My uncle booked the same camp for our 2020 reunion because we loved the area so much.

But I only had to read a handful of missionary prayer letters to know 2020 plans were seismically shifting to the ends of the earth. So it wasn’t a huge shock when our camp location had to change last minute.

The reunion was moved to … “no place like home” … Kansas.

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Grace Isn’t Going Anywhere

Amazing Grace … again? I used to not even want to play this hymn on the piano because I felt the lyrics oversung and the tune stuffy.

Eventually it became a favorite when I grew to understand the heart of the words:

Was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved

I had no idea my childhood fears would make grace more than just a song title.

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Obedient Next

Elisabeth Elliot’s famous encouragement, “Pick up the broom, and do the next thing” graced my growing-up years. Mom shared this motto with me first, and often it literally involved grasping the broom and sweeping the floor. As time passes, this phrase becomes more and more inspiring and brings hope to more than just my chores.

Lately all the extra time at home has given me an excuse to procrastinate on the little things and to be nervous about the big things. Little things like pantry organization and big things like a loved one’s lost job.

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Back Together But Feeling Alone

Near the end of the book Little Women, the March family celebrates a joyful reunion after much separation and heartache. Laughter, tarts, hot biscuits, and a wedding to discuss. The young and old rejoice in being together once again in the Orchard House.

But our heroine Jo March — no stranger to restlessness — feels an ache amidst the merriment. Much has changed since they had last gathered.

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Even Ifs of April

When I was younger, I struggled with fear to the point of not eating for a few days. I’m thankful for that brief season because the truth I gathered then still brings encouragement to me today.

But I’ve never stopped adding to my arsenal of “courage notes” since fear grips in many ways. Thankfully, there are plenty of words from God about anxious thoughts (Ps 94:19). He even commands us not to be anxious.

However, we know the “what if” game (while helpful for creating plots in fiction) has been so easy to slip into lately.

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