A Stephanie Thing

  Everything hurt.  I walked out the door with the baby on my hip, wincing as I hitched him up higher. “Wait Mom!”  I called out to my mother-in-law.  She had already closed the car door, so I waved emphatically until she saw me. “Oh Honey,” She said slowly getting out of the car, “I’m…

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One Sock at a Time

  There is another one. I just opened the front door and stepped into my living room.  My eyes scanned the edges and corners of the floor. There is another, along the hall.  And there, under the chair are two more.  Rumpled and dirty and inside out.  The small white bits of cloth blown and…

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Simple Sucks: It’s Supposed To

  But it looks beautiful.  A single cup of tea.  Atop a bare wood table.  With nothing but a sunrise out the window.  Idyllic, right?  I’d think so. But then experience it.  It feels like withdrawals.  The simple tea has no sugar in it.  Just hot, acrid, brown tea. Simple.  The table is made of…

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Unbuying Groceries

  Let me tell you a story.  Let me tell you two stories actually. The first is a story I read to my girls two nights ago.  It’s a sweet story about a big family in a little house.  There was a poor man, who lived in a tiny house with his wife, father, and…

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To Give Your Best

Have you ever had a meal brought to you?  Say, you had a sickness, or a surgery, or a baby, or lost a loved one, and a dear friend shows up at your door holding out hot home-cooked food.  It felt pretty special, right? It IS pretty special.  When our baby came, our church coordinated…

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Thanks

Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Which all seemed unbelievably impossible.  Are you serious?  Always?  Continually?  In all circumstances?  Why don’t you just say, “forever and ever and ever,” like my toddler? Hi, I’m Steph Lenox.  And I’m…

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