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Posts tagged ‘Grief’

The Scent of Maple – A Short Story

“The Scent of Maple” is now available to read online in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s literary journal, Westview.

“The Scent of Maple” is a story about the unlikely friendship of a woman named Annie and a curious five-year-old named Ben. You can read it on page 15 of the journal here.

Hope you enjoy the story.

Westview Spring-Summer 2015

Hope for the Wilderness Wanderer: Book Review of Marlena Graves’ A Beautiful Disaster

In my little office I have a few bookshelves reserved for books that are ‘keepers,’ the ones I’ve read and keep, knowing I’ll read them again and again.

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Life in the Margins – Advent 2013

If you find yourself in the margins this Christmas season, know that there is One who sees you. He was born into and lived His life in the margins and He'll meet you right where you are.

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Dwelling in the Beauty of the Good – One Word 2013

Even in loss, moments of joy pop up unexpectedly like wildflowers. It takes a focused eye to appreciate their beauty.

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Guest Posting at Anita Mathias’ Blog – Dreaming Beneath the Spires

I'm honored to be guest posting today at Anita Mathias' blog, Dreaming Beneath the Spires. I’ve both enjoyed and been inspired by Anita’s writing on life and faith.

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Called By Name – Christmas 2012

Standing outside an empty tomb, Mary Magdalene weeps. Two angels sit where Jesus’ body had just lay. They ask, “Woman, why are you crying?”

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Loss and Nudgings Chosen as a Finalist in Biographile’s Short Memoir Contest on Overcoming Loss

I am excited and honored to have had Loss and Nudgings chosen among so many beautiful and compelling essays in Biographile's Short Memoir Contest on Overcoming Loss.

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Loss, Nudgings & the Eifel Tower

A glimmer of light catches my eye. I turn and walk toward the object reflecting the fluorescent light above. It’s exactly what I thought it was; its lines, moments before only apparent in my peripheral vision. An Eifel Tower. Not the Eifel Tower, but a shiny, silver wire replica.
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Advent: Hope for a Grieving Heart

A heart wrenched with pain – a by-product of grief. I understand, all too well, that a heart can physically hurt. Squeezed in a vise and so heavy, the next beat takes superhuman effort. Those of you reading this who’ve experienced great loss know this pain. You may be hurting this very moment. It’s very real and in those moments, you wonder if it will ever end. If that is you, I am so sorry for your pain.

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Giving Thanks: A Sacrificial Obedience

I recently heard an interview with Joni Eareckson Tada. At the age of seventeen, she was injured in a diving accident that left her in a quadriplegic state with minimal use of her hands. In an instant her life changed dramatically, she became confined to a wheelchair. In the interview she talked of her struggle in the weeks immediately following the accident.

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