Author Archives: Valerie

One Thread, Many Threads

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Last weekend I added another single thread to a Network of 954 other threads. I’m not sure why or how the image of connected threads came about before the weekend, but it did. Over the course of 4 full days, 955 of us who are involved in children, youth, and family ministry gathered to “Renew, Educate, and Connect” at… Read more »

A single flame, a single thread…

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When one feels so small and little, when it seems one isn’t enough for any impact, when a single flame seems to only be able to cast light out a few inches (look up foot candle), and when a single thread seems to be able to hold so little and offer little strength… Multiply that single flame and single thread… Read more »

A Parable…

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There once was a family of children who lived well in community. Though children, their ages varied greatly. Though family, their backgrounds were diverse. And while they lived well together, it is not to say that life was always smooth sailing. Life was a shared adventure in work, learning, worship, play, and service. Bumps along the journey were handled and… Read more »

Seen and Unseen

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There is plenty of material out there on the reliability of witnesses’ testimonies. Ask five people to recount the story of the same incident they all were present for and you will get 5 variations on what actually happened. That’s understandable for an unanticipated event that people weren’t necessarily prepared for or paying close attention to. But what about those things… Read more »

Be Countercultural

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I originally started this post the day after Reformation. Then I came across a proposed modern day list of 95 Theses in a blog piece shared on Facebook. I thought, yup, this says it better than me. So I put this blog entry aside. But it keeps pulling me back…or maybe the Holy Spirit keeps pulling me back to it and… Read more »

Friendships: Taming and Responsibility

I for one, was seriously anticipating the theatre release of the 2015 version of The Little Prince when in the week it was to debut, the movie was completely dropped from the lineup.  Then it was scooped up by a streaming or some other online service.  BUMMER.  I really wanted to see this version on a big screen.  In this… Read more »


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Back in early March I wrote about bread baking.  About how the most simple recipe calls for 4 very basic and humble ingredients.  Yet with care, proper handling, and patience, those basic ingredients turn into something wonderful…a pile of sticky goop turns into something golden…into love.  You can read the original post here. I’ve baked many loaves of bread since the… Read more »

What is Your “It”?

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Why would I be stepping into it, I was asked? I don’t know.  First, do I want to step into it?  I don’t know. Is it important?  If having nothing is fine, then there’s no need to step into it.  Is it better to have something than to have nothing? If there is nothing, will anyone notice?  Will it be… Read more »

Flour, Yeast, Water, and Salt

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As the chapter title of a new bread book I bought asks, “What is it about bread?”  The most basic of recipes is just 4 very humble ingredients. Flour.  Yeast.  Water.  Salt. The process could be fairly quick and simple, or as many as 12 distinct steps and hours from start to finish.  So what is it about bread?  Well,… Read more »

Commitment, Engagement, Investment

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This pair of photos represents what can happen when there is long-term commitment and engagement in________ (you fill in the blank).  When truly involved in something long-term, an investment in made.  We seem to understand this when it comes to buying a house, getting involved in the markets, and yes for some…getting married.  But this understanding doesn’t seem to carry… Read more »