Author Archives: artechoes

The Favor of God

It seemed to be an ordinary Sabbath—filled with ordinary Sabbath ritual. Each man and woman expected a reading from the scroll, prayer, and perhaps an admonition. God brought dynamite instead—upending their expectations and challenging them to believe an impossible thing—the … Continue reading

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Barney and the Midnight-Blue Blanket: the Power of Shame

Recently my extraordinarily active (and almost-brilliant) dog, Barnabus, chewed a giant hole in my husband’s blanket. Yes, my husband has a blanket. It’s not a security blanket, but it’s a perfect weight. Every night he pulls it over himself before … Continue reading

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I Saw the Queen

Recently, I went to the Braemar Gathering in Scotland. It is the most famous of the Scottish highland games. Supposedly, one member of the royal family attends each year. We expected someone royal but were astonished and thrilled when we … Continue reading

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An Altared Course

I wrote this several years ago but did not post it. I though I would today for all of you who face unexpected sorrows in your altered life.  One of my favorite books is Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Colossians 3

O God, how I love your word! Colossians 3:1-17 has deeply convicted me while reminding me of this glorious position and place I have in YOU. Your gentle reminder to set my mind on things that are above not on things … Continue reading

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Annunciation–Be Born in Me

Recently, in the Church calendar, we were reminded of the annunciation. The angel Gabriel enters into the world to declare something that should cause our breath to be taken from us. God was entering the earth. He would be called … Continue reading

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Noise

There is too much noise in this world. Try getting away from it if you live with others or go anywhere. Television, radio, Internet, and Facebook hammer at my soul. Constant chatter and banter grieve. While writing this, I got … Continue reading

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