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In the Waiting Room

My lovely friend, Kelli at This Odd House, has written something I’d love to share. Maybe you can relate to waiting (in the best and worst of times). How do you wait? Are you “good at it”?

I’ll be writing something to share along these lines, but I wanted you to see the beginning of this theme at one of my favorite blogs.



This Odd House

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This past month things have been quiet here at This Odd House while I’ve been readjusting to the teaching life after a luxurious sabbatical year. It didn’t necessarily feel luxurious at the time. But now that I am back in the thick of academic life, I have an even greater appreciation for that gift of space. For that extra room to write.

This past month I’ve also been trying to figure out a new and sustainable way to blog. A way that makes sense in my real-world, non-sabbatical life. It’s a challenge, for sure. As many of you well know. To maintain some measure of health—body, mind, and soul. To give yourself fully at home and at work. And also to write.

But I’m game, and here’s my plan…

Moving forward I want to offer several posts around a theme. Some from me. Some from others. Some…

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The Long Reach of Influence

This is one of my friends who shares lovely things. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

My grandparents were Oklahomans during the most difficult of American history: the Depression and the Dust Bowl. My grandmother was frugal, and I wish I knew all the ways. Foil was one.



From the Inside Out

“I even wash aluminum foil so I can use it again–if it’s not too messy,” joked a friend.  “My son makes fun of me, but that’s what my mother did, and I just picked up the habit.  Seems so wasteful to throw away a perfectly good piece of foil, just because it has a bit of goop on it.”

We were discussing the frugal habits passed down to us from our parents. They were children during the Great Depression, and learned to conserve, reuse, and make do.  Now, eighty years later, the effects of that difficult time are still impacting many of us today.

Might the same effect occur in the spiritual realm?  Might our spiritual habits not only impact those around us, but even generations to come?


An anonymous psalmist alluded to our long-reaching influence:  “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his…

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