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17September 2013

by: Trish Donohue

There is a Fountain

There is a Fountain. By Trish Donohue William Cowper was an English poet and hymn writer who struggled with mental illness, including suicidal tendencies and paralyzing fears of eternal damnation.  After a particularly terrible episode where he almost succeeded in ending his life, he was ridden with guilt.  Here is the first verse of a hymn he wrote soon after: There is a fountain ...

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21May 2013

by: Trish Donohue

Balance Beam Moms

Moms walk a fine line.  I have one and I am one, so I’m figuring this out. Here is the irony of the situation: Enter a sweet precious baby, formed miraculously in your body and given to you by God.  You are primarily in charge of this new human being.  Make sure he is fed, burped, changed, clothed, and loved.  And make sure you buy the appropriate 965 items from ...

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7May 2013

by: Trish Donohue

Two Ironing Boards

A while ago, my daughter wanted an ironing board for her fifth birthday.  No kidding.  She’d been asking for one for months. So my mother got her one.  It’s a little pink and white ironing board with a pink wooden iron, complete with a cut-out heart.  We set it up in the playroom, figuring she could iron the dress-ups.  But that wasn’t what she had in ...

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2April 2013

by: Trish Donohue

The Big White Bible

The giant white bible that lay open on the communion table of the little Baptist church I grew up in was… giant.  The weight of a bowling ball at least.  I’m convinced the reason it never moved was that nobody could lift it.  It had a huge padded cover, lots of pages, and lots of words.  Lots.  The end part was about Jesus—I knew that, and the ...

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19March 2013

by: Trish Donohue

The Big White Bible

The giant white bible that lay open on the communion table of the little Baptist church I grew up in was… giant.  The weight of a bowling ball at least.  I’m convinced the reason it never moved was that nobody could lift it.  It had a huge padded cover, lots of pages, and lots of words.  Lots.  The end part was about Jesus—I knew that, and the ...

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5March 2013

by: Trish Donohue

Humble Wives

(Blog Manager’s Note: this wasn’t planned this way, but it wouldn’t hurt to see this post as an application of yesterday’s Lenten Meditation. It’s about humble servanthood—as it applies to wives. May it bless!) Hi ladies, It’s girl-day on the blog today, right?  So we get to talk about girl-stuff. And I can pretend I’m sitting properly in my ...

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5February 2013

by: Trish Donohue

Jesus Makes Breakfast

Pictures of Jesus I was reading the end of John recently.  John is such a great book to just hang out in.  It’s an art museum full of masterpieces you just have to stop and gawk at—each one portraying Jesus from a slightly different angle.  So I was winding up the museum tour in chapter 21 and I stopped a moment to stare. I was pulled into the picture of Jesus beside ...

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22January 2013

by: Trish Donohue

God Invented Metaphors

After teaching language arts in a couple different contexts, I’ve found that most kids don’t like metaphors at first, and I can see why.  They’re kind of weird and outside the box.  Most people don’t walk around saying, “The sky is a canvas” or “I am a rock” (unless you’re Simon & Garfunkel).   Metaphors compare two ...

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20November 2012

by: Trish Donohue

Screwtape: Thinking, Not Doing

The Smell of Books I love C.S. Lewis.  I love the smell of his books, the style of his communication, the way he made profound statements using child-like words.  I like to pretend I’m smart enough to really hang with him, but I’m not.  I’m a philosophical wannabe, but still a big fan. Screwtape Attacks I was re-reading The Screwtape Letters after many years, ...

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16October 2012

by: Trish Donohue

Voice Doesn’t Carry

When I was young, my sister and I would laugh about the fact that our mom couldn’t yell.  Okay, we’d laugh at her, but she laughed too.  Her voice just didn’t carry.  She’d open her mouth and call for us as loud as she could, and it would fall flat about ten feet away.  Like most things you laugh at in your parents, this phenomenon has occurred in my ...

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