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The Importance of the Arts in Crisis

arts in crisis, the importance of arts in crisis, Santa Rosa fires, children, dancing, singing, drawing, coloring, Mad Libs

My family has learned the importance of the arts in crisis. We’ve just come through the Sonoma County fires and the arts helped. How? When you have six adults, five children, three cats and a dog evacuated from home for a week, you need anything you can get to ease the tension. The children, in […]

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Resilience Lessons from Mrs. Oswald Chambers Part I

resilience lessons, Biddy Chambers, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, widowhood, London Blitz, fire, World War I, poverty, determination to do God's will

I’ve been learning about resilience recently and Biddy Chambers has provided lessons. Many will know my book Mrs. Oswald Chambers launched on October 17. Many don’t know my family and I were evacuated from our home for thirteen days during that period. The fires in Northern California during October, 2017 were aimed at our house–from four […]

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Prepared for a Crisis? Or Not?

Prepared, boy scouts, be prepared, Santa Rosa fires, US Navy, command and control, eagle scouts, cub scouts, safety tips, emergency preparedness

“I’m always prepared,” I used to say. As a former Cub Scout leader and the mother of Eagle Scouts, I’ve always been one to be prepared—particularly for crisis situations. I nodded when I read Oswald Chambers’ words in the My Utmost for His Highest devotional on September 10: “We imagine we would be all right […]

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A Walk in the Redwoods

redwoods, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, banana slugs, redwood tree facts, black bear, forest mushrooms, elk, squirrels, outdoor education

I took a walk in the redwoods recently. A young friend works as a ranger for Redwood National Park along the northern California coast. Laura teaches outdoor education to students from all over northern California and southern Oregon, this year near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. I visited her there between camps and got my […]

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Joy in Serving the King

Joy, joy in serving the King, God, spiritual growth, faith, Bible, Bible study, Jesus, forgiveness, missionary work, missions, self-sacrifice

“There’s joy in serving the King. Haven’t you heard that?” Kristin’s eyes met mine in the high school bathroom mirror. I was a new believer. I hadn’t heard that before. Her mother, however, taught my high school girl’s Bible study. Kristin would know. She spoke those words 44 years ago, and they have stayed with me […]

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