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A Message From a Tree Stump

Freshly cut tree stumps abound across the northern post-winter landscape and they’re delivering an unexpected message of hope. Every year there are trees that don’t survive the winter weather. Some come crashing down under the weight of snow and ice. Others succumb to the pressure of fierce winds. Then there are trees that, although still […]

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Spring will Spring Again

 I’m mad at winter. And when I say “winter,” I don’t mean the earth’s meteorological season. Although I’m not particularly loving late winter’s lingering chill, it’s not nearly as infuriating as my body’s persistent season of sickness. That’s the winter that really has me hot (sweating) and bothered. It was almost two years ago to […]

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Sea Gulls & God’s Provision

I love when the birds return in spring, especially after a long, brutal winter like the one we just had in northern Pennsylvanian. The blessed sound of birds chirping and singing their joyful song reminds me that even the coldest winter will come to an end. Warmth will return to the earth. Spring will always […]

good night, sheep
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Sleep 101

In theory, sleep should be the easiest activity on earth. Still your body; close your eyes, drift off to dream land. But sleep isn’t always that simple. Prior to becoming ill, I was a champion sleeper. But when Lyme took hold of my life it took hold of my sleep too. The sleep disruption began almost […]

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Old Dog, New Tricks

Pippy is stuck in a rut. On our daily walks, Pippy insists we stop at exactly the same spots so she can conduct her regular sniffing routine. First, she demands (via stubborn pulling) that I stop at her favorite corner where the scent of a particular pine tree tickles her nose. Then, one block later, […]

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Lyme War

Two years ago, when my war against Lyme began, I was naively optimistic. Although I knew reclaiming the territory of my body in the name of health would be difficult, I was confident that God would deliver the victory – and fast. In my mind’s eye I saw the paralyzed man walking and the bleeding […]