Jesus Only (part 2)

February 20, 2017

Rosina Schmucker is one of my favorite bloggers, and I thought it would be nice to introduce her to those of you who haven’t met her yet. She kindly agreed to let me reprint, here on Properties of Light, a post that I love.  *** In my last post, I talked about finding strength for the task that God gives us. This post will touch on …

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I Too Am Blind

February 13, 2017

As you read this, I will be soaking up Central American sun. Oooo. Ahhh. Lovely. Sitting here in my Wisconsin living room with a gray sky and snow-tinted light coming in through our big picture window, I can almost feel that sun on my face. A group of us–four siblings, a friend of ours, and me–are attending another good friend’s wedding in Guatemala, visiting other …

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Girls Day Out at the Mall of America

February 7, 2017

We parked beside a minivan of Trump voters. At least we joked that’s what they were when the driver veered in front of us at the stoplight, just before turning into the Mall of America parking garage. Out on the highway, Elizabeth, who was driving, had been labeling all the vehicles we passed. Well-put-together older gentleman driving a sleek shiny car? “Hillary voter!” Bearded guy …

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In Which I Emerge, Blinking, From a Cave

January 30, 2017

So where have I been the past two weeks? Writing, that’s where. And I am proud to announce that Anything But Simple: My Life as a Mennonite is done written! For now, anyway. I am sure there will be changes to make after my editor gets it. The book is coming out in July. Here is a picture of the cover as designed so far: …

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My Tough Wisconsin Grandpa

January 16, 2017

I love this photo of my grandpa trying out the neck massager. He is a tough Wisconsin farmer. A boy who grew up in pioneer country in Depression-era America, who cleared stumps from fields with dynamite and endured below zero weather while there were still bedbugs and wood stoves. In the rough-hewn cabin where he was born, he remembers his dad staying up at night …

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I Call My Brother Fat Boy

January 9, 2017

I have almost reached my three year blogiversary. Not quite. But in honor of it, today I present the first post I ever published, and still one of my favorites, entitled “I Call My Brother Fat Boy.” P.S. I seldom call him Fat Boy anymore. But I just did the other day, and yes, he still answers to it. *** Actress Jennifer Lawrence said in …

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Someone Smart as God

January 2, 2017

“I want to meet someone who’s as smart as God,” Dad told me recently. He had been telling me some of the story of when he was a teen and fought against God, fought hard, hating Him. “I was dead set against it,” he said. There was admiration in his eyes. “But He knew just how to get me in the place where I would …

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Stop and Worship or Remain Unchanged

December 19, 2016

Mary said, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden…For He that is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49 These verses, part of Mary’s prayer when she had the baby Jesus in her belly, are precious to me. I prayed …

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And Then There Were Seven

December 13, 2016

Ava Joy arrived November 28, my seventh “nibling.” I have two nephews and five nieces now. Ava came in a tearing hurry. Her dad had to speed like mad to get to the birth center on time. Ava was born 5 minutes–5 minutes!–after they got there. After Ava had shot into the world, Ava’s dad went outside to check on the car and found it …

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