Dear PB {31 Days of Letters}

Dear Peanut Butter,


How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

I love you smooth.

I love you crunchy.

I love you made of honey roasted peanuts, ground in my food processor.

I love you before a workout, with an apple, or as a midnight snack.


I love you spread on toast or eaten from a spoon.

I love breaking into the glassy suface of a new jar.

I love you with chocolate chips, with celery and raisins.

I love you natural and processed.

The only thing I don’t love is when I get to the bottom of the jar.



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Dear Legs {31 Days of Letters}

Dear Legs,

You have served me well the past 25 years.  From the time you were covered in rolls of baby fat, to the years you were constantly bruised and scraped from pep flag practice, you have proven your resilience.

Now, all of your combined six-feet of length must not fail me today.  I know you aren’t rippling with muscles or as toned as you could be, but I’ve put you through enough training that this race you are about to run shouldn’t phase you.

I’m not unrealistic – a 10K will stretch your running capacity.  You’ve never run that far before.  Fear not – I have faith in you.  I am optimistic that after a mile or two, you will hit your stride.  You might even enjoy the whole event.

I appreciate all that you have done thus far.  I don’t always treat you well.  I should stretch more often.  Really, stretching at all would be good…

Please hold out until 10 o’clock this morning.  Then, we can celebrate together.  I may even give you a break.

At least for a day or two.



UPDATE: My legs did not give out and Tim and I finished the 10k!

Mountain View Park ~ Moscow, ID

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Dear Older Women {31 Days of Letters}

Dear Older Women,

It may be out of your comfort zone to strike up a conversation with someone 20 years younger than you, but it may be one of the most (mutually) rewarding things you can do.  Reaching out to the next generation produces fruit well beyond a neighborhood walk or a coffee date.

You probably don’t realize the gifts you have to offer and how much us younger women need what you have to give.  We need your encouragement, support, and Godly counsel.  We need to hear about your triumphs and failures, your joys and sorrows.

You have the opportunity to pour into others what God has poured into you.  We may seem unapproachable or disinterested sometimes, but keep hounding us.  Once we experience the benefits of consistent accountability, wisdom, and friendship from an older woman, you won’t be able to keep us away.

Please come alongside us, disciple us, help us become women after God’s own heart.  Encourage us to love our husbands and children.  Challenge us to serve selflessly.  Stir up in us a passion for prayer and studying Scripture.  Model what it means to live a pure and set-apart life for Christ.

There is an eternal return on your investment.  You plant Godly seeds in us that will be sown in our relationships with others.  Good fruit will be passed on to our family, friends, and coworkers.  Your investment trickles down to the next generation as we follow your lead and begin pouring into the young women we encounter.

You have an important role to play in the spiritual formation of younger women.  We are eager to let you become an active part of our lives.  Please do.



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Dear Christmas {31 Days of Letters}

Dear Christmas,

Candles are lit and garlands are hung.  Carols are playing and goodies are plenty.

How come I still have sixty days to wait? Why can’t it be twenty?

Red noses abound because of the cold.  Rudolph lives on like in days of old.

Is it time to string lights and cut down a tree?  I’m so eager for snow to fall.

Some people aren’t eager for you to arrive.  To them I say, I’m rather appalled.

There’s so much to enjoy when you come around:

Mistletoe and laughter and mugs of cocoa!

And what about family, food, and traditions, too.

So, please hurry, Christmas.  Don’t be late.



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Dear Paul {31 Days of Letters}

Dear Paul,

You have given voice to the battles raging in my heart, mind, and soul.

For what I am doing, I do not understand.  For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate; that I do…For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. {Romans 7: 15 & 19}

I cannot think of a better description of the internal dialogue I have with myself daily.  Righteous Emily (am I ever?), who seeks God, does good, and surrenders everything to her Savior is at constant war with Carnal Emily, who is sold to sin and fleshly desires.

They volley back and forth, trying to convince plain old Emily to take action, using two very different methods.  I try to stay balanced on this narrow path of life with both these voices making compelling arguments.  Righteous Emily urges me to keep walking this primitive road; Carnal Emily promises shortcuts at every bump and turn in the road.

I must look rather funny to passers-by.  If I’m not zig-zagging with indecision as I move forward, I’m probably standing still with confusion as I listen to each voice pulling me in opposite directions.

You seem to know exactly what I’m talking about.  You said it yourself:

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. {Romans 7:18}

The internal combat makes me tired.  I’m frustrated when I fail, when I listen to the wrong voice.  I hate that I make poor decisions and give in to my carnal side.  But, you speak words of hope to my heart.  In the midst of your own struggle against the flesh, you sought freedom in Christ.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law for the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin. {Romans 8:1-3}

Truth has never been so full of light and beauty, mercy and grace, redemption and promise.

Your honesty is encouragement wrapped in a present I am eager to receive.



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