Category Archives: early morning thoughts

… when God smiles…

“God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” You may remember these words from Eric Liddell, the 1924 Olympic champion for the 400 meters in Paris, and the inspiration for the movie, Chariots of Fire.  He … Continue reading

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… enjoying Now…

“I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present,” wrote novelist Storm Jameson. “Most of us spend fifty-nine minutes an hour living in the past—or in a future that we either … Continue reading

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… caring…

Something’s wrong… … a dark heaviness draped the morning’s sunlight. Breakfast on the patio turned sour quickly.  I could not get my mind… or was it my heart, around the pictures being shown on the phone screen before me. Hundreds … Continue reading

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… keep climbing…

I ran into a tall tree this past week… a tree with a big sign posted on it: Keep Climbing. The ant in front of me was speeding upwards through the various cracks in the hard bark. What was remarkable … Continue reading

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… learning to love…

“I’m going to marry that guy,” I whispered to my friend in church when I first saw Tom; I was 16; he was 17. How could I possibly know? I have no idea… but I have spent my life thanking … Continue reading

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… growing old…

I remember hearing my Granny say, “I knew I would get old, but I never thought I would feel old.” I can see her now… staring out the window with  sadness creeping through her wrinkles. I had no idea what … Continue reading

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… exchanging a life…

“No, no, not that one.  Give me another…” Imagine our surprise yesterday morning when we opened a package sent from sweet friends in Vienna, Austria. In fact, our friend was on the phone in Vienna as Tom carefully cut the … Continue reading

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blooming… in the litter…

I was  mad… I had been picking up trash… litter…  is the nice word for the debris scattered alongside the road near our home in the country. The first day I gathered three large garbage bags in about two hours. … Continue reading

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… puzzled…

… puzzled… “This piece is not here. I know it’s missing. I have tried every piece of the same color.” Tom and I were convinced several times of this truth as we worked a puzzle last week. We began a … Continue reading

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… reflecting…

This past Saturday morning I was wishing for the second day of Christmas. That’s what the day after Christmas is called in Austria, and it is a calendar holiday. There are several stories of its beginning in Europe, but it’s … Continue reading

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