Oct 29, 2014

Labor in the Dark

Labor in the Dark
Before Arturo Toscanini was one of the world's great musical directors, he was a cellist so nearsighted that he memorized his sheet music. He also memorized the parts for every instrument in the orchestra.Read more +
Oct 24, 2014

Find New Life: Grace Found

The ebb and flow of days filter into my consciousness as the memories of the cycle of living are rehearsed. For me, memories mostly consist of hearts whose love left deep-rooted paths into my own. Isn’t that how it is supposed to be? We are meant to leave an imprint...
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Oct 23, 2014

Find New Life: Tending Hope

I bought a half-dead tree several years ago during an End-of-Season-Clearance sale at the hardware store. I knew better. But, it seemed a reasonable risk for the price. I dumped the short twiggy weeping crab apple tree out of a sad little plastic bucket and transplanted it near the rain...
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Oct 22, 2014

Find New Life: The Lesson of Second Place

In high school, I finished second in my graduating class. And while that may seem like an accomplishment, and I was indeed proud of it– still, it was second place. Not first. In college, I auditioned to be an emcee for a special show. I encouraged my roommate to also...
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Oct 20, 2014

Find New Life: Any Day, Any Season

I knew these days would come. I knew the lease would end and she would move. I knew the bellies would swell while mine stayed flat ish despite my swelling baby fever. I knew the leaves would change again and the temperature would sooth itself off the ledge of languishing...
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Oct 19, 2014

God's Perspective on Your Work

Lisa did not enjoy her work. She should—it involved many of the things she liked to do. But just … no joy. Meanwhile, jobs were scarce, and she knew she should be grateful for twice-monthly paychecks. Meanwhile, one more thing: Lisa began to find time every morning to pray. Nothing...Read more +
Oct 13, 2014

Share Your Story (Linkup): Find New Life

Finding New Life is one of our faith’s most treasured benefits. If you have a past, there’s nothing more cleansing than the opportunity to start again. Portland, OR is home to a unique bread company that is expanding rapidly. Dedicated to organics and healthy ingredients, Dave’s Killer Breads were first...Read more +
Oct 8, 2014

Born Without Arms, "Just Be Normal"

A Day With Greg Buell
Greg Buell doesn't have all the answers, but for now he's learning to live with mystery.Read more +
Oct 10, 2014

Pursue God: Playing Tug-Of-War With God

I asked a classroom of women a question a few weeks ago and my words hung in the silent air. I knew I’d stumbled onto something. I had scribbled a line on a page with a single spot in the middle. With my black marker I threw down the words...
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Oct 9, 2014

Pursue God: The Changing Chase

In high school, pursuing God meant raising my hands in praise, saying the right things, and never questioning . It meant choosing to pursue, even when saying those right things didn’t lead to discovering the right answers and when church felt far away. In college, pursuing God meant deconstructing all...
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