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Inspiration for new beginnings

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19

How To Teach Our Children To Write Handwritten Notes

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Calling all parents and grandparents! At the risk of stating the obvious, children are not born knowing how to write personal handwritten notes, much less why or when they should think about writing them. Once considered an essential skill by men and women alike—and a treasure trove of vital information and insight into the past […]

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A Prayer In Brokenness

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One of my favorite books of prayers is Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community. The prayers and meditations are based on ancient Christian traditions, and they reflect powerfully and beautifully the ebb and flow of life and all its challenges. It includes two sets of daily readings as well as many wonderful prayers for […]

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Spring: The Elusive Season

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Spring daffodils push up through the dirt in late March in the Shenandoah Valley Welcome to regular guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Esther Miller. Esther has such a gift for taking us right along with her as she observes and appreciates the natural world around her. In spite of the recent snow and continued cold weather, Spring was […]

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When Someone Is Hurting, Just Be There

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We’ve all wanted to comfort someone who was hurting or mourning. My guest Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom that will equip you well the next time you find yourself in that situation. Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below.    “I know how you feel.” People […]

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Widen The Circle Of Love

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OUTWITTED He drew a circle that shut me out— Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout, But love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in.   ~Edwin Markham The need to be right is so intoxicating and so poisonous. How easily we can be hurt—especially by those we […]

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Notice What’s Right Around You

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I’m convinced the secret to becoming more attuned to the natural world around us is to teach ourselves to notice what’s right within our visual or auditory range at any particular time. One of my favorite writers, Tsh Oxenreider (you may remember my review of her book Notes From A Blue Bike), posted an article […]

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Decluttering isn’t just for closets and inboxes

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This post was originally published in 2012 on Cyndi Briggs’s blog, Letters from Your Wayward Sister. I was honored to have been a guest on her blog.  * * * * * “What I know for sure: Our internal space has to be given the same level of respect and diligent attention as the external.” Oprah […]

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How Winter Is Supposed To Be

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Above: Photo of hills in coastal California taken by the author about a half mile from her home. Welcome to regular guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Esther Miller. Esther has such a gift for taking us right along with her as she observes and appreciates the natural world around her. When we moved to a coastal valley in […]

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Is Becoming Your Best Self The Right Goal?

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I’m still trying figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Don’t laugh! Just because I’m in my mid sixties doesn’t mean I’ve figured it all out. To the contrary, the older I get, the more I’m torn between alluring choices, and the more I realize my best self is a moving target. Life […]

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The Essence Of Love

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This guest post by Annette Petrick, the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show (podcast and website), will help you extend the romance of Valentine’s Day all year long! Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below.    They were leaving that day for a few […]

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We Are Connected By God’s Amazing Grace

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Negro spiritual music: only the black notes Gospel singer Wintley Phipps, speaking to an audience at Carnegie Hall, told his listeners that just about every Negro spiritual was written using only the black notes of the piano—the pentatonic scale or the “slave scale.” Songs written with this scale by white songwriters were called white spirituals, […]

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You Matter And You Make A Difference

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It began with a simple “Thank you” An online friend, Bea Vanni, was kind enough to leave a lovely message thanking me for sharing an article she enjoyed. “Oh Elizabeth, goddess of a perfect share! Need I say thanks since I’ve elevated you to goddess status,” she wrote. It made me laugh and made my […]

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Secrets Of The Sun’s Winter Movements

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Welcome to today’s guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Esther Miller. Esther has forgotten more about nature and gardening than I’ll ever know, and I love it when she shares ways to connect with the natural world around us. Seasons change…have you noticed? How well do you connect with the natural world as the seasons change? […]

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Overwhelmed? Beware This Spiritual Warning Sign

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We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. It can be caused by the circumstances of our lives that seem to converge in a perfect storm of pressure to which we feel vulnerable. At other times, we bring it on ourselves by overcommitting, failing to calculate how long something will take, refusing to admit our own limitations. One of life’s ironies […]

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Cybersecurity: Clairvoyant Or Hacker?

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As much as I am fascinated by all the ways we connect meaningfully with each other in life, I can’t deny there is both healthy connection and dangerous connection. Watch this short (under 2-1/2 minutes) video of a fascinating experiment done in Belgium with a so-called clairvoyant who tells his clients incredibly personal and private things that […]

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What Do You Do? Have Fun With Your Answer To That Question!

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Welcome to my guest today, Annette Petrick, the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show (podcast and website) featuring 90-second episodes serving up “timely perspectives on life, love, friends, family, giving back, and giving thanks.” Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show…or enjoy reading the transcript below. What do […]

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View From The Bench: Early January

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Heartspoken’s View from the Bench series I began this series of posts in late June, 2014, with a goal of teaching myself how to be more observant by exploring a small piece of the world right outside my door at different times of the year. You can do this yourself, whether you live in a country home or a city high rise. I’m […]

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Messages You’ll Never Hear From The Holy Spirit

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In the Christian tradition, the Holy Spirit is nothing less than God manifested inside us—a gift bestowed on us when Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world […]

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How Do You Express Your Love?

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Welcome to my guest and Connection Messenger* today, Carol Mathias, a professional marriage and family therapy counselor in Georgia. She is recently widowed and has been sharing her “Carolisms” on Facebook about her journey of both loss and discovery. This piece was so poignant—and such a helpful guide for strengthening the connection with the significant others […]

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My New Year’s Message: Open Your Heart And Mind

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Forget the New Year’s resolutions At least for today… Open your heart and mind to the possibilities held for you in the year ahead. Ask God for guidance, and trust you will be exactly where you’re supposed to be, making the connections you’re supposed to make, and learning what you’re supposed to learn, even if your circumstances […]

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