Going to Prom

by Dana Portwood on April 21, 2014

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She’s going to prom, my baby girl. She chided me when she tried on dresses for bursting into the room demanding to see before she’d even had a chance to see for herself. I apologized, but I just couldn’t wait. I remember the early morning when she was cut from my body, after her precious [...]


All things New… In the garden with Jesus

by Liz Clayton on April 20, 2014

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I am not sure if the fact that Jesus appeared first to a woman was on purpose or circumstance but I know that it is significant to me.  The women had no greater faith than the men but they did what women do in such circumstances… They did not expect their LORD to be alive [...]


How to Make the Most of Every Moment

April 19, 2014
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I’ve read Carlos Whittaker’s blog, Ragamuffin Soul , for many years.  Like me, he is a questioner which means he struggles and wonders.  Occasionally he shares more than he should by proprietary standards, a problem to which I can also relate. I was very excited to hear about his book release and even more excited to [...]

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Waking up

April 18, 2014
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When you open your eyes in the morning, whether by force of an alarm or child, or gently on your own, the world is a bit foggy. Sometimes we’re not sure what day it is. Sometimes, depending on what we were dreaming about, we are surprised to find ourselves in our bed, clad in leopard [...]

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Let’s Talk, Darling…

April 17, 2014
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Are you a mother of a preschooler? Or perhaps a not? Either way, I’ve got something you need to know about. And I’m late to the show. Literally. But that’s okay. You can still watch the latest episode that just aired today. And you’ll already be in the know for the next one. And I’m [...]

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Stolen Rays

April 17, 2014
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There is sunshine in the storm, Stolen rays break through And dark clouds hold up Their skirts, afraid to come Too close to the bright fingers Of God reaching down To hold earth’s hand and assure His daughter she Is never Alone. Tweet

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Morning by Morning

April 16, 2014
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As my consciousness slowly comes into focus, before my eyes have opened, I feel it. Little eyes staring at their Mommy’s open-mouthed, half-snoring, face. *Poke* “Mommy” The sun has just barely begun to drag it’s dark blue covers away to reveal only the slightest sliver of orange and red at the edge of the sky [...]

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On Friendship and Loneliness

April 15, 2014
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“Can I ask you where you get your hair cut?” And that is how a brand spanking new friendship started at PJ story time at our local library. I constantly teeter between being an extrovert and an introvert.  I love to be around people and have never had trouble putting myself out there to meet [...]

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A New Song

April 14, 2014
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He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God. Many people will learn of this and be amazed; they will trust the Lord. Psalm 40:3 I’ve been thinking about the phrase “a new song” lately.  Sometimes it turns slowly over in my mind like the long slow slope of a [...]

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A New Commandment…

April 13, 2014
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There is no shadow of change in the LORD but we are fickle creatures, indeed.  Jesus came to establish a New Covenant because the Old Covenant had been shattered by sinful men and women.   People just like those who joyfully hailed Jesus into Jerusalem one day and called for his crucifixion just a few days [...]

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Breaking Free From Blinders And Ruts

April 12, 2014
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Have you ever had a new thought come wend its way through your brain? It tickles here and there searching for a landing place and then…BAM!…it hits you. I’m not talking about a new thought like “Hey! Look at that new flavor of ice cream. I think I need to try that.” I’m talking about [...]

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What’s love got to do with it?

April 11, 2014
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What’s your cause? Human trafficking? Orphans? Child abuse? Domestic Violence? I have the answer to fix them. What’s your pain? Abuse? Wayward child? Infidelity? I have the answer to help. Well, let’s back up: I don’t have the answer. Jesus does. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all [...]

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With Newfound Freedom

April 10, 2014
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I’ve only ever seen your feet before today. I walk slow steps, body dragged along, joy a dream I barely remember. I know the dirt of my father’s feet. I know the leather buckle of his sandals, the hem of Mama’s dress, the top of my nephew’s curly head. Until today. As I meet this [...]

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how a book on natural childbirth changed my life

April 9, 2014
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I once read a book on natural childbirth. Back then I was carrying my first baby, and I was apprehensive about his entrance into the world. I never intended to actually have a natural childbirth, but I wanted to understand more about what to expect during labor. I picked up a book to learn more [...]

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The Last Tea Party

April 8, 2014
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As a parent I’m being pushed out into a new territory. My oldest kid turns 10 in one week. Double digits. Wasn’t I just figuring out the whole feeding schedule thing? (her recent hollow leg has me figuring it out again these days) She is such a mix of little girl and young lady right [...]

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A New Understanding

April 7, 2014
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You don’t have to spend very long on the Ft. Apache Reservation to realize “new” isn’t a common term. Culture and history run deep as fault lines, and are just as fraught with destruction. Generations of families have lived beaten down, imprisoned physically, economically and spiritually on lands not their own. On an even more [...]

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It is Well With My Soul… all things new!

April 6, 2014
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I cannot imagine what the Apostle John thought as he wrote those words on the lonely island of Patmos. So many years since he had begun following Jesus, since he had seen the water change to wine and the dead brought back to life. Everyone he loved had gone on ahead and although he grew [...]

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New life begins with death.

April 5, 2014
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I love the West.  I love the mountains, I love the vibe of a metropolitan area, I even love the snow. Denver is my people, Colorado is my home.  I really love living here. Except in March. March in my Southern hometown is glorious. The whole world blooms green and fresh. The weather is perfect, [...]

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In the middle of learning to write and live

April 4, 2014
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I’m standing at the edge of something old, something new. I stare at the blank white canvas that is awaiting my words and my fingers hover over the keyboard, ready to tap out all the things I have wanted to write, all the words that will fit into an awareness article, and my story, so [...]

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April 3, 2014
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Epiphany resolved in me, moment elevated to prayer, God’s presence in the air; I can feel Him falling on my skin – make room within for Jesus raining down. A heart to newness bowed. Epiphany, the Son in me, He’ll hope. He’ll shine. The brightness is mine. Glowing second of slowed time, the child growing, [...]

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