Category: Purpose and Goals

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep The Small boys lived next door to us in the “new subdivision,” one round block of bi-levels and tri-levels on the outskirts of a small farm town. In the summer, all of us children scattered, bike wheels and skinny legs carrying us all the way to the other side of the […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep Every night I take it to bed with me, wake up with it, and feel it breathing down my neck when I’m not giving enough attention to it. (No, it isn’t an overly affectionate labrador.) It’s my purpose. Sometimes purpose manifests itself in many ways throughout our lives and sometimes as one activity that […]

by Debby Hudson To be fair, I need to tell you Henry first told me he felt God’s calling to full-time ministry when I was pregnant with our second child. We were sitting across the table from each other at a diner. It was 1980. Our daughter was 15 months old and our second child […]

By Amanda Cleary Eastep Bob Cratchit got fired from his low-paying job on Christmas Eve. Sure, it was a miserable job–the office was freezing in the winter, the hours were long, and he had only one day off each year. Christmas Day. And then there was his boss, Ebenezer Scrooge. A couple of years ago, […]

Iwas surprised when my friend was terminated from an organization where we both worked for several years. She was a hard worker—always first to volunteer to do thankless tasks and the last to leave the office each day. “That’s what cost me my job,” she said. “I thought I was being a good witness for […]

by Kim Post Watson Sing to the shadows, sing and do not fear But sing them into love little by little. Begin the song exactly where you are. And so I start again here in the middle. – Malcolm Guite, The Singing Bowl  Some people can remember the exact moment they entered what the mystics […]

Do you know which creature in the animal kingdom has the longest gestation period? Elephant? Nope. Frill shark? Ha! What’s so big about a 3.5 year pregnancy? The answer is a woman with an unfinished novel she started in college that insists on being born butt first. Technically, I finished said novel for my master’s […]