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What Keeps Me Singing

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16 Every year I seek out new ways to study God’s Word. In 2015, […]

Watch Out!

We are being robbed. Every day this fleeting perpetrator steals our money and influences our youth. We race to the next destination, congratulating ourselves for beating it. We apologize for letting it get away from us. But, it makes constant demands on us no matter how much we strive to […]

The Sweaters

A small stack of sweaters sits off to one side on my closet shelf. One is a boat-neck, striped, garter-stitch pattern in blue, white, and yellow. It hangs funny on me, and the shoulder seams are loose. I love this sweater. It is the first sweater I ever made. I […]

Remember the Suspenders

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 NIV “Forgive and forget.” While contemplating this easier-said-than-done phrase along with Colossians 3:13 and searching for an article of clothing to represent this idea of […]

Dressed for Every Occasion

Recently, I arrived at an event to discover another woman and I wore similar outfits. We had not phoned one another to coordinate. We just picked the same items from our individual closets. To some, this could be seen as a fashion faux pas. But, in this case, it reminded […]

Not Just a Remnant

Over the last twenty-two years, I have sorted and discarded many clothes for being too small, too big, too trendy, too outdated, too new (as in still sporting tags), too old (as in reduced to near-rags), or too…something. But, there are a few “chosen” garments that remain “holy and dearly […]

A Gift to Last the Whole Year Through?

Children often cast aside the rectangular–a.k.a. square–gifts without rattles or hums. They strew the contents on the floor, still hoping. Shoulders slump when they realize they were correct in their original assessment. Clothes. Their givers receive perfunctory gratitude for these obligatory necessities. Then, the kids tear into the next gifts, […]