Month: December 2016

An Unlikely Smile

An Unlikely Smile

Teenagers can be difficult to figure out and relate to. In general, they like to put on a suit of armor when it comes to interacting with their teachers or other authorities. But years of experience have taught me that it is just a suit that can be put on or taken off. Every now and then …

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All Things for Good

All Things for Good

God works all things for good to those who love him. I’ve been thinking about this in regard to our playground. For years the health inspector had recommended that we replace our homemade playground fort with a commercial apparatus. I strongly resisted tearing down a perfectly good fort and spending the money for an updated …

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The Day Hope Came for a Visit

The Day Hope Came for a Visit

We often get visitors showing up unexpectedly to our house. Last week that happened. A neighbor came, deeply depressed, head down, and in a monotone voice began to recount his woes–no job, no money, no vehicle, no purpose, totally dependent on others for his upkeep. In a word, HOPELESS! Sometime in the next few hours …

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Pencil-vania

Pencil-vania

During first grade math class, the students were looking at shapes. One of them looked at a five sided shape and said, “Miss Jen! This is your shape, it looks like a pencil!” We looked at each other, both confused, and when I asked her if I look like a pencil, she said, “No, it’s …

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