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    Words

    Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.—Luke 6:45 I can still remember it like yesterday. Not so much the joke I made, but how my mom speared me with ‘the look’. Her eyes flashed. “Jesus said, ‘out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.’” My initial response was typical. A childish and rebellious eye-roll followed by deny and defend. But her words took root in my heart. They’ve never moved out. Later I learned Jesus also said, “let your yes be yes and your no be no; anything beyond these is evil.” James would write, “the tongue is a fire…and sets on fire the course…

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    Life is Short

    Is it morbid that I’ve always been fascinated by graveyards? When I was little, my grandpa and I would visit the family cemetery. Those trips are some of my fondest memories. He didn’t care that I spent hours exploring the oldest corners, rubbing moss off 150-year-old stones to see what they said. He’d follow along and tell me stories about relatives. Recent and long-forgotten. One far-removed aunt even died in a carriage accident—a carriage! As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be one of two things. A writer or an archaeologist. Listening to my grandpa talk about respecting the dead—no matter how long they’d been gone —is probably…

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    Fake Plant

    "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified." - 2 Corinthians 13:5  I have a confession. I’ve been watering a fake plant for three weeks now. Faithfully watering it. In my defense, it’s extremely realistic looking. It never crossed my mind I had a fake…until I was at the store and almost bought a second. That’s when I realized—it was plastic. As a rule, I’m against faux foliage. Be real or don’t exist. To know I watered and admired a phony was humbling. I had set it on the window sill with…