charis foster sunset

I am officially a beach bum. Really. Last week I did very little besides lay on the beach, read, and listen to the waves crash. Except for when the boy-child and the girl-child convinced me to go into the ice-c-c-cold water of the Atlantic with them, to jump waves. Part of me wanted to say […]

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Funny Anything-but-Coffee Girl: Guest post by Charis Brumbaugh


Note to readers: My daughter recently asked if she could write one of my articles for me. I told her sure! She could have a go at it. I thought she was kidding. Less than an hour later, she handed me the following article. I’m sure after reading it, you’ll understand why I loved it […]

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Bricked In

brick mason woman

After nearly % decades on this earth, I’ve finally found my calling in life. I’m going to be a brick mason.         Last week, Superman and I put in a new patio. I did it alone, really. But Superman wanted to help so much that I found a few minor jobs he could do, just […]

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Old Friends


Philippians 1:7 – 8 “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart, for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you […]

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Bonnie and Clyde


Superman and I nearly went to the pokey this week. It all started innocently enough. We decided several months ago to spend our vacation in the beautiful New Mexico mountains. Friends of ours just happen to own some vacation rental property in Ruidoso, and we spent a couple of days hiking and sightseeing in Cloudcroft. […]

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Master Builder: God’s blueprint from Philippians


Philippians 1:6 “. . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I get really impatient with God sometimes, just wanting Him to go ahead and do whatever it is He plans to do in my life. […]

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Teamwork: Lessons from Philippians


Philippians 1:4 – 5 “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” The people in the Philippian church were valuable partners in Paul’s ministry. They loved him, supported […]

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Paychecks and Pizza Parties: Finding Good in the Bad

mothers day 2015

Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.” What a great example Paul set for us! Talk about finding good in the bad. He was in prison. Things couldn’t get much worse. There wasn’t much Paul could give thanks for in his current circumstance. So he looked inside and pulled out good […]

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Love, Joy, and Attaboy: Lessons from Philippians


Philippians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. Probably because it’s so happy and smiley and uplifting, and sometimes my inner Eeyore just needs that kind of encouragement. So for the next few weeks, I’m going to delve into that book. Feel free to join me. Comment. Point out things I missed. Please! […]

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Cleopatra was ugly . . .

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