Archive for October 2021

Choose Surrender

This week our family recognized a significant milestone – 40 years since the death of Inka van Seventer McDowell. Though I never knew her, I look forward to meeting this sister in heaven one day. I know she both suffered and surrendered for all the people that we both love. Three decades ago, I sat…

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Choose Joy

      “Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian.” —G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy       Been joyful lately? I’ve decided to intentionally look for the joy – and make it my own “gigantic secret” for getting through tough times.       Does that mean I plan to be happy…

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Choose Patience

      Four days a week I have the privilege of entering a world that is, well, slower. As I have spent the last pandemic year working in a senior assisted living community, God has given me many opportunities to alter my hurried life.                   When tempted to rush, I take a deep breath,…

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Choose What Matters Most

All the things. Good things. Worthy things. Extraordinary people, adventurous journeys, breathtaking beauty, life-changing words, ful­filling service, quiet moments, and soul-stretching creativity. But how do I choose? My own life is full of obligation, hurry, complicated relation­ships, work demands, health challenges—all seasoned with occasional bouts of guilt and insecurity. Because I can’t do it all.…

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