Being present this Lent

Were we present at Jesus’ crucifixion? We were, and we are. We can place ourselves in that moment, meditating again on the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross. We were there. This Lent we are there.
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Transitions and trust

Much as I cannot believe it, our older son is in fifth grade. And we’re not all that far from the end of school. On a school field trip this week, he and his fellow fifth graders climbed aboard school buses and traveled to the middle school they’ll be attending in September. Afterward, I asked...
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Jesus knows what you need

Jesus knows what we need before we ask. He knows what we needbetter than we do.
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Everything about Lent is awesome (in rhyme)

This Lent is fantastic! Believe it, it’s true. We are ready for Easter! We’ve nothing to do!
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An art history lesson, fun with words, and why these 7 Quick Takes are a 12th birthday gift

Our younger son brought home this beautiful pastel drawing of a cityscape. I don’t know what the assignment was or whether it’s inspired by a famous artist. I just know I love it.
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Listening for God on the feast of the Annunciation

It was a quiet day in Galilee when the archangel Gabriel arrived at Mary’s home. Imagine what it must have been like in that moment.
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Finding your Lenten rhythm, Irish soda bread, Peeps, and Maryland Day festivities (7 Quick Takes)

Here we are in the heart of Lent. We’re far enough into Lent that maybe I should be feeling my spiritual rhythm.
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A little lesson in trust

Sometimes the large, life-changing moments are the ones that show us we need to turn everything over to God. Sometimes it’s the flat tire or a snowstorm derailing our plans. But each time we have an opportunity to come away trusting Jesus a little bit more.
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A simple St. Patrick’s Day appetizer: Shamrock-shaped tortilla chips

Every Sunday my fellow small group leader and I bring a snack for our second graders to enjoy in our Sunday School class. Because it was St. Patrick's Day, I thought we might make the snack a little more fun than usual.
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