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Viewing entries posted in 2010

Dec
28

The Pennies

"That will be $4.71 please pull around to the first window." I dug a 20 out of my wallet as I drove around to pay for my breakfast. The guy working the drive-through was in a good mood for it being so early, and so cold. He started to count back my change to me when he realized he didn't have any pennies in his cash drawer. As he opened the new roll I heard him gasp. "Check this out" he said to me as he handed me my change. "A whole roll of brand new pennies.

Dec
25

Merry Christmas

The kids are all tucked in bed and the last of the presents have been wrapped and placed under the tree. All of the work that comes with being a mom at Christmas is done. Now, finally, it's time to sit and reflect.Christmas, to me, has always been about endings and beginnings. It marks the end of the year as we look forward to the new year, new resolutions, new promises. It's a time to reflect on the past year and all that it held. Joys, sorrows. Saying goodbye to people we loved, making room for new friends.

Dec
15

The Secret

Her name was Sam. And we were seated at the same table for the Chamber Choir's Madrigal Feast. She was beautiful. Not necessarily in appearance, but in spirit. Externally, you would have noticed plain brown hair, average height, little makeup, simple clothes. But then Sam started talking to us. Her beautiful British accent flitting across the table as her eyes sparkled. When she smiled it wasn't just with her mouth but with her whole being. We were all instantly drawn to her.As we waited for the performance to begin Sam kept a running commentary. The food... delectable. The Wassail... divine. The décor...

Dec
12

Rise up Shepherd and Follow

 There's an old African-American Spiritual that has been haunting me the last few days. The words have crept into my soul and wrapped their fingers around my heart. When I wake I hear their refrain. All through the day it echoes in my mind...Leave your flocks and leave your herds Rise up shepherd and follow Can you imagine it? A cold hillside on a dark night. The lights of Bethlehem in the distant. The bleating of sheep all around. Small fires surrounded by weather hardened shepherds; nomads. I wonder if they were tired.

Dec
10

Family Fun Calendar

His Table Christmas Wonderland Date: Dec. 10th & 11thTime: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PMLocation: Fayetteville First Assembly of God A Christmas Event for the entire family...and FREE! This Christmas season, you're invited to take a stroll through a fantasy miniature town where Christ is still the true reason for the season. The "His Table Christmas Wonderland" display is open for all to see on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 5-9pm at Fayetteville First Assembly of God Church. The "His Table Christmas Wonderland" is a KLRC ministry partner. Call 479, 414-8094 for additional details. Christmas Living Nativity Date: Dec.

Dec
3

Family Fun Calendar

December 3 & 4, 2010University Theater Presents "A Christmas Carol"Start the holiday season with a new University of Arkansas Drama Department production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Rediscover your Christmas spirit as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a classic journey of memory and redemption. Visit www.waltonartscenter.org for more info.December 4 & 5, 2010 The traditional ballet performed by local young people, aged 3 to 18.Performances at the Rogers Heritage High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available at the door. December 3- 5, 2010The Best...

Nov
30

All I want for Christmas is a Limp

My friend Jennifer and I have been a bit obsessed with Joseph and Jacob lately. They were dreamers. We are too. And yet, their path from dream to reality didn't really go like either one of them had planned. Neither has ours.Yesterday Jennifer texted me: I keep hearing this: You have been wrestling, but you're not walking with a limp yet. Time to get alone like Jacob did...It's true. The last several months have been spent wrestling God. Wrestling with His word, with His dreams in my heart, with knowing Him more fully. But I'm still walking the same.

Nov
17

Broken Girl

How long, O God, will your daughters suffer in darkness? How long will their silent cries go unanswered? How long will they be trapped in their pain? How long will they be abused? Mistreated by the ones who should protect them. Rejected by the ones who should love them. How long will they carry the shame of what's been done to them. Of what they've done to themselves?Human trafficking. Sex slaves. Assault. Molestation. Rape. Abandonment. Abuse.Beauty defiled. Purity marred.Do you hear their cries, God? Do you see them, in the dirty hovels, in the back alleys, in their father's beds?You must.

Nov
12

Time to Die

Years ago, I wrote that and meant it. Literally. The all encompassing black cloud of depression held tightly to me, and death seemed the only escape.Thankfully, He rescued me from that cave of despair. Now, I want to live. And not just live, but live BIG.Will you join me at incourage for the rest of the rest of the story?

Nov
5

Family Fun Calendar

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at JBU. Saturday at 7:30pm at the new performing arts center. For more information call 479-524-7382  The C.A.L.L. in Arkansas, Benton County Launch Summit and Dinner (Benefit)Time: Saturday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PMLocation: Keypoint Church in BentonvilleThe C.A.L.L. in Arkansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, equip, and encourage the Christian community to provide hope for children in foster care. The C.A.L.L. (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime) was established as an answer to God's call to the church to "care for orphans in their distress" (James 1:27).Each year,...

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