The secret to seeing God move: I don’t know.

November 19, 2014

I can almost hear the conversation: “So…how long are we going to be here?” “I don’t know.” “You think maybe a day, two days, a month, a year?” “I don’t know.” “Where are we going next?” “I don’t know.” “Well, when will we settle down and stay?” “When we get to where we’re supposed to […]

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What we gain when we give up

January 31, 2014

“Do you wish your prayers to fly towards God? Give it two wings: Fasting and almsgiving.” -Augustine of Hippo As I type these words I am nearing the end of day 3 without food. Or juice. Or ANYTHING for crying out loud! (Sorry, that was my flesh speaking. Ignore her.) I recognize that lots of […]

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My Quandaries {What to do when you don’t know what to do}

January 29, 2014

“Some people are more sure of everything than I am of anything.” Robert Rubin, former US Secretary of the Treasury Quandary #1: They crawl in early. Really early. I don’t know how their internal clocks know it, but sometime between when I wake up and when they should wake up, they shuffle, sleepy-eyed, into my bed and […]

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Just Enough For Today

January 27, 2014

I still remember the day my dad firmly said it: “Kari, don’t ever worry about money.” He wasn’t making a promise of his personal funding, but he had watched my anxiety over the years and finally stepped in. It was a loving rebuke. I received it. That year, 2008, many things turned around and one […]

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The Worst Day: How to make what’s not working work for you

January 24, 2014

For whatever reason, Wednesday was the worst day. Nothing truly tragic, just the garden variety of fatigue and frustrations, discouragement and disobedient children. It was Jeff’s day off, the day I usually take to write and study in preparation for speaking. But for whatever reason it just wasn’t working. And we fell into the funk. […]

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The hardest thing in the world

January 22, 2014

You know if something’s valuable by whether you’re willing to move everything around to make space for it.  The day Julie moved in we hauled furniture up and down the stairs. We rearranged and rearranged and rearranged the tiny bedroom she now calls home. She’s worth it, of course! But it was also worth moving […]

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Setting the course for your family this year

January 20, 2014

Yes, this post is late. My apologies. As life is a bit full at the moment, interruptions come and stuff happens and this beautiful mess of life is teeming with abundant chaotic joy.  And these precious kids I have, time is so short with them! And this weather we’re having is too glorious to pass up so […]

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When you’d really like to bring her down a notch…

January 17, 2014

There seems to be one thing (and pretty much only one thing) that all of us women agree upon: Female relationships are tricky. The whole mess begins in the beginning. In Genesis 30. The story of Rachel and Leah, both Jacob’s wives, is to me one of the saddest in all of scripture, because it reveals […]

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Join us for Colossians: Fully Pleasing God {Free Online Bible Study}

January 15, 2014

Of all our aims and goals and New Year’s resolutions, our ultimate purpose encompasses them all: Pleasing God. Paul exhorts his readers in Ephesians 5: Find out what pleases the Lord. As beloved children of God, this is our loftiest life calling. The whole book of Colossians flows out of Paul’s prayerful heart for these faithful believers: “And so, from […]

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I am the decisive element

January 13, 2014

My house–and life–is officially full. Dear Julie moved in two weeks ago, (clean and sober 6 months!) making The 1601 home to three last names and six sacred souls ranging from 4 to 60 years old. I can barely close the cupboards. Food prep in the kitchen sometimes require a dance of sorts. There is […]

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