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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