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Hearing God in Silence

My Devotion was published in Disciplines 2014, p. 326 Psalm 19: 1-6 (A few years ago) I spent several days at a monastery for a personal retreat. It is the monks’ custom to speak little, even during meals. My time there helped me focus on words and silence and the other ways that God speaks.…

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Planning or Doing?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Sauders and in a song by John Lennon. Our oldest son has always been a planner. Even as a little kid he would spend HOURS planning. He’d take cars and line them up, decide how to group them, or plan future purchases.…

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Behold

I have the spiritual gift of skepticism. Now it’s not all bad.  It served me well as a middle school principal. When dealing with discipline situations, I found it was good to be a bit skeptical.  You have to see the truth interwoven through stories and perspectives. And that’s just the parents. Awhile back, I…

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Climb Your Own Mountains

Stories of people who overcome great obstacles are engaging and inspirational.  I’ve read Nick Vujicic’s book Unstoppable, about how a man with no arms and legs has dared and achieved much, speaks regularly, is deeply religious, and started a nonprofit – Life Without Limbs. I remember following the news about Bethany Hamilton who in 2003,…

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Birding vs. Birders

A couple eons ago, I was a middle school science teacher.  The high school science teacher at the school is a birder and took students on 3-4 birding trips each year.  I tagged along and learned a lot about birdwatching. We went on eagle trips to the Missouri River, migratory bird areas to see waterfowl,…