Category Archives: The Year Uncluttered (2014)

Ashamed (A Painful Confession)

Sometimes pain is good. ¬†It hurts like a good massage. ¬†This story is like that. In the interest of illumination, I share the story, because¬†I tend to hide things in the dark that I don’t want to be seen. ¬†That’s … Continue reading

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Death at Christmas (Part 2)

Only days ago, some people close to me¬†lost their wife and mother. In her life, this woman¬†collected things that say joy. Her last word was “heaven”. The family has not even had time to host her funeral yet. Other close … Continue reading

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10,000 Reasons for My Heart to Find

Instead of counting 1000 gifts in 2014, I was inspired to set a goal of finding 10,000 reasons to be grateful. ¬†Yesterday, thanks to God’s grace and sustaining power, I made it. The screen shot shows simple things. I also … Continue reading

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The Hard Lesson of the Joy Day

Somehow, I knew it. ¬†I knew the lesson from the Joy Day would be something completely unexpected, and it was. At 4 p.m. on the Joy Day, two disturbing things happened: I opened a folder on my computer called “Taxes … Continue reading

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It’s a Joy Day

I love how God patiently repeats a theme so I can get it. Today’s rotating Bible reading (John 16:16-24) from Call to Growth yielded these 2 scriptures, which leapt off the page to my eyes: 1. ¬†22¬†So also you have … Continue reading

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The Hard Work of Living

Life is hard. So why do I live like it’s an endless carnival, where I should have every cotton candy moment that I want? God is parenting me through this classic book: I read it in the late 90s, and … Continue reading

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7

I guess it’s time to explain my participation in 7. ¬†The post below was almost ready to go in early June. ¬†All it lacked was the photo. You get to read it in early August.¬† (I’m sorry.) Here you go: … Continue reading

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