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Saturday

7

April 2012

7

COMMENTS

TOL Treasure: “Day Before Easter”

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I went straight from the Killer Tribes Conference to spring break with my family, so it’s been a little quiet around here lately. But I think this poem, shared here two years ago, is a fitting whisper into the spiritual quiet that precedes Easter Day. I hope it will bless you in some small way and that your Easter will be joy-filled. –Tamara ________________________________________________________ Still, In the stillness Waiting, Waiting still. Not yet joy, Just the darkness, Waiting, Waiting still. Hope In the quiet, Through the darkness, But still Waiting, hoping Still, Still, Still.

Friday

9

March 2012

36

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “Grateful”

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Today’s guest post comes from Shanda Sargent of The Upside Down Pastor’s Wife. Shanda is an all-around beautiful woman, always offering encouragement and love. Her raw honesty and humble words here make an exquisite gift that I’m honored to share. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ Stones. Stones in the dirt.  Words in the sand.  I am the girl on the ground.  Earth dirt is on my forehead, my lips, in my hair.  Bits of grit are in my teeth, and my heart is filled with sludge.  Sludge and darkness. Stones. Stones in hands [...]

Wednesday

15

February 2012

3

COMMENTS

When Words Become Flesh

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I write monthly for A Deeper Story, where the group of us is blessed to tell stories of Christ and culture, given space both to wrestle hard and to weave soft. We tell the small stories so we might better know the Grand Story, and we sit in a virtual circle beside that space’s dear readers, shoulder to shoulder but for computer screens and miles, a community built on words and the Word. But we remember that the Word became flesh. And this Word-become-flesh brought light to our dark world, not in virtual community but in dwelling among us. And [...]

Monday

19

December 2011

50

COMMENTS

Every New Christmas

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 9 and 10 are up for grabs today! Because my actual story is posted in full at A Deeper Story, things will go a little differently than they have with the previous gifts: To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post right here. To leave a comment without playing, please visit A Deeper Story and join the discussion there. I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You interview me for your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you the infamous Hot Stuff sign, personalized as I see fit. [...]

Friday

16

December 2011

53

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “What is Peace?”

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 7 and 8 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this guest post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You choose the topic of a post I write. White Elephant Gift: I virtually haunt you on Twitter for a day with a feigned strong emotion of my choosing (e.g. indignation, adoration, etc.). (What’s this all about?           Gifts 1 & 2            Gifts 3 & 4          Gifts 5 & 6) [...]

Wednesday

14

December 2011

74

COMMENTS

Running

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 5 and 6 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: I review/edit/advise on a post/document/manuscript sample of yours (800 words or fewer) or offer a general critique of your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you a tacky Florida postcard. (What’s this all about?           Gifts 1 & 2            Gifts 3 & 4) _________________________________________________________ Head is clouded, Heart heavy. Choice [...]

Monday

5

December 2011

5

COMMENTS

Condemnation Walks Away

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It’s my honor to guest post today at The Handwritten, where Michael Perkins takes a few verses of scripture and distills them or reflects on them in short, handwritten pieces. It’s a thought-provoking and often soul-stirring project, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute my own piece, Condemnation Walks Away. I wrote it a few weeks ago when I was flipping through scripture to get to the part I wanted to study. As often happens, I landed instead where I really needed to be. Though I’d read it before, John 8:3-11 suddenly struck me deeply as I saw myself, [...]

Monday

28

November 2011

35

COMMENTS

Guest Post: “Life on the Bottom Shelf”

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I’m honored to be sharing a guest post with you today written by my friend Jonah of Virtual Stowaway, a blog about the intersections of video gaming, culture, and faith. We get to do real life together, and when you read his piece here, you’ll see why I consider that to be such a privilege and joy. –Tamara ______________________________________________________ Prior to my daughter’s birth, I kept all my journals on the bottom of my bookshelf. This made sense for several reasons, the most obvious of which was that I could easily grab the current volume and jot something down. But [...]

Wednesday

16

November 2011

4

COMMENTS

A Church Where I Want to Stay

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I’ve lately begun to suspect that the Church is not wholly bent on my sweeping displeasure and total alienation. To be sure, it has done a fine job of putting me off in the ways of particular denominational doctrine, and it has lent handily to my exasperation at church-lady culture. But lately it has missed the piss-me-off mark: In my church last week a woman served communion. *** Please continue reading today’s post at A Deeper Story!

Thursday

3

November 2011

56

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Guest Post: “Cool Like That”

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It’s my pleasure to host one of my dearest blog friends, Alise Wright, editor of Not Alone: Stories of Living with Depression and blogger at Alise…Write! In the year or so I’ve known her, she’s taught me so much about blogging generously and boldly; she’s encouraged me loudly; and she’s shared with me a few hurts and lots more laughter. And at the risk of appearing to have missed the whole point of her guest post, I must assure you: Alise is cool in the very most important ways. –Tamara _______________________________________________________ I write a primarily Christian blog. Most of what [...]