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Pondering the Birth of Jesus

Pondering the Birth of Jesus

Hey friends, welcome Ellen Chauvin to our porch. I wrote for her a few weeks ago, Learning to Listen. Hop over there to remind yourself of how Ellen and I met. Ellen has an amazing Christmas e-book that she is gifting to her subscribers and she wants to offer it to Y’all too.  Ellen is a joy to be with and a steady, calm voice to my heart when I need it. Enjoy the words she has…

Bread that Satisfies

Bread that Satisfies

I’m not quite sure where my love of bread came from. I cannot remember coming into our home after school and smelling fresh-baked bread. There are no memories of being at Grandma’s and watching her knead dough, waiting with anticipation (and butter) for the first slice. I do love me some bread though. This past summer I decided to limit carbs (sigh). Of course, this means bread. Sugar in all its shimmering, white splendor does…

The Imprint of God on Our Lives

The Imprint of God on Our Lives

Doesn’t it seem that beginning the year – January – is the time to make some changes? January for the year is kinda like Mondays for diets. It just seems the logical time to start over. My family (and my church family) are smack dab in the middle of prayer and fasting. The month of January has been dedicated to seeking God in a deeper way.  I am fasting bread and sweets (sugar). I do…

Why December is so Lovely

Why December is so Lovely

Sometimes when I sit down to write, I get an overwhelming feeling that my words need to meet some elusive criteria set by they. When I get caught up in that little game, I inevitably lose. They are so hard to please, mainly because they are mighty in number. So often I tell Lary that we need this or can’t eat that or must do this because they said it. He usually says, “Well, if…