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Seated at the Right Hand of Surrender: Letting God

Seated at the Right Hand of Surrender: Letting God I can’t pick one word for the year.  The thing is, as a writer, words are my life.  Just one, well, that would be drivel. Still, the word that seems to most common lately is, surrender. It has been most profound in so many avenues.  Most assuredly in launching humans.  Our oldest daughter is married, our youngest “daughter,” our foster love, has been home with her restored mama for over a …

How to Believe God When Life Stinks Like a Poopy Diaper in a Hot Minivan 1
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How to Believe God When Life Stinks Like a Poopy Diaper in a Hot Minivan

How to Believe God When Life Stinks Like a Poopy Diaper in a Hot Minivan The trouble with life is, it stinks.  It stinks like a poopy diaper in a hot minivan.  It stinks like a poopy diaper in a hot minivan, in July in a Walmart parking lot, with my keys locked inside, 5 crying kids, and $312.86 worth of groceries, spoiling in the summer sun.  Standing outside the van I can see, even if I had my keys, …

Why Doesn't God Answer Me? 1
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Why Doesn’t God Answer Me?

 Why aren’t my prayers answered? I am a lousy God. But here in the terrifying confines of my mind, I pretend I am He. It’s pathetic really.  In my defense, I am very creative.  I paint pictures on my frontal lobe that depict whimsy, romance, death, and destruction. Sunshine and rain.  Joy and pain.  Bert and Ernie. The shows that play are rated G for naivety, rated R for language, and PG-13 for incidents of sing-alongs with shirtless boybands… which …

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Ask and You Shall Receive: Reversing the Curse of Hardly, Barely, and Half Empty Religiosity

Y’all, the shipment on my porch, I’m dying; the Amazon god of home delivery stopped by while I was out. I cried for a minute and then I was crying from laughing.  My sister warned me, “Are you crazy? Do you have any idea how much children love to push buttons???”  But it was such a space aged concept, have you seen them?  The Amazon.com Dash Buttons?  They are so cute, for products that you use regularly, you order this …

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A Very Important Message…

At a recent talk to young moms, where I hoped to deliver a very important message, I lost my mind and ran right off the rails. The talk is one I have done a dozen times. A mixture of laughter and tears, more laughter and then… I saw her; a young mom nursing a baby, sobbing at what I was saying. I froze. What was I saying? I looked at my notes. I fumbled with the mic. My mouth was …

Salvation of a Mom… 4
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Salvation of a Mom…

The salvation of a mom is harder for a mother to embody. You see, tonight my soul is spread seven ways; serving Pizza and beer at a high-end joint downtown. It’s on a date that’s not a date but might be a date at a later date if it weren’t for all the history of dates that date back to play dates. It is at an undisclosed party … not answering texts, but at least it got a haircut and …