Living in the Word

I’m all about the Word. Jesus, that is. And God’s presence with us in His Word, the Bible. There is life and truth to be found in words, in reading, in Jesus–the Word made flesh. I like to ponder how God lives in us and changes us by His Spirit and His Word.¬† Join me and together let’s savor a good read…

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Turning Over a New Leaf

Turning Over a New Leaf

Autumn greetings, my friends and readers! I write today to share with you about a change in course my life has taken. You have met with me for many months, even years, here at Living in the Word. We’ve thought about lots of topics together concerning our lives, our world, and the way God and the Word speak into who we are. This writing and interacting with you has changed my life in significant ways. Actually, this writing has been key to God’s guiding me into the new season I’m entering. I began blogging at the urging of a friend. I wasn’t sure about my next steps as a writer, and starting a blog seemed a good way to explore where I was going and to keep my ideas fresh. The regular writing soon became a place to look within and decide what...

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Sometimes the happenings of this world feel beyond what the heart can bear. A beloved comedian’s tragic death. Reports of horrific conflict and genocide¬†in the Middle East, with many of the victims children, their pictures transported thousands of miles across oceans to verify the reality of carnage. Closer to home, a teenager is killed and racial tensions once again flare. And this moment, a family gathers at the deathbed of a dear husband, father and grandfather whose body succumbs to cancer, none ready to part with him. Tragic pain. Heartrending loss. Inner and outer turmoil that the spirit in its purest place knows don’t belong in this world, really. As parents we shudder and push through our days. As love-invaded friends of God we offer silent...

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The Biggest Piece of Jesus

The Biggest Piece of Jesus

I was sitting at a baseball game for one of our boys last week and chatting with my mom, who had come to watch the game. She shared with me about a dream she’d had the night before. In the dream, she was with an extended family member of ours who has recently moved to another city, and they were visiting a church in the area. As they were celebrating the Lord’s Supper and my mom’s turn came, there were only crumbs left and she felt like she couldn’t partake. We smiled at the odd course that dreams often take. The next day, as our church celebrated the Lord’s Supper and I sat next to our 8-year-old, the dish of unleavened bread came down our row, and just as he always does, Derrin took a few seconds to survey the contents and pick the...

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Gentle Whispers

Gentle Whispers

Summer with kids screams the daily, material, ordinariness of life. In the prominence of all the ordinary, the tangible presses in on our moments and envelops our days as they spin into weeks and march toward Fall. Yes, we cherish the shining moments of spectacular sunsets and interludes on the pavement viewing roly polies as they curl and uncurl. We triumph at a first ride on a two-wheeler and delight at a bouquet of dandelions. But so many other moments during summer involve the weary obligation of cleaning up after a camping trip, chasing flies around the house, spraying stained clothing. Hanging up wet towels and clothes, pulling weeds, intervening amid squabbles, mopping the floor one more time to find missed popsicle drips, removing splinters, applying...

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