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Influence

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It has been a long while since I have posted anything here. I have been busy completing three years toward my B.A. in English and my senior year is underway. My current class (Creative Writing) has finally given me the space to take off the tight harness of academic writing rules, and it feels SO GOOD!! After reading my first assignment, Mom and Daddy gave it their thumbs up and suggested I make it a blog post, so here it is. It is my story and their story. It's a little longer than my usual posts, but as with everything I have ever posted here, I pray it encourages you to run "up the sunbeam to the sun" (C. S. Lewis).


"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV


I sat above them on the stairs. Looking down through the window-like openings in the partition between the living room and the stairway, I listened to the basketball players, football players, baseball players, wrestlers, track athletes, both the lettermen and the also-…

To Emmaus and Back Again

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In his Gospel, Dr. Luke tells the story of two of Jesus' disciples walking from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus. It was a 7-mile walk over hilly, sometimes steep, rocky terrain traversing a road subject to the dangers of robbers and thieves. They had timed their trip to have them at their destination while it was still daylight and just in time to be home for supper.

It was Sunday afternoon, a mere 48 hours or so since they had seen their world come to a devastating end. Their beloved Jesus, the One they believed was their long-awaited Messiah, had been crucified and buried in a tomb. With Him was buried everything they had believed was true. They had heard that some of the women had seen Jesus alive that morning, but it all seemed like a cruel joke, or the imaginations of minds overcome with grief. As they walked together, they talked and reflected and wrestled with the implications of their loss.

Somewhere along the way another man came and joined them as they walked--he …

An Update . . .

-- Thanks to Hero Husband, and my dear friend Jeff, my computer is not only fixed, but better than ever! Thanks to a service called Carbonite, which I highly recommend, everything I had on my computer before the hard drive crashed is back where it belongs--when you have over 25,000 photo files that means more than you know!That all happened weeks ago, so why the long absence from Up the Sunbeam? Sometimes life winds through twists and turns that challenge you, but you can see them coming in time to navigate safely through them as you rely on God's wisdom and His Word. Other times, life takes such an unexpected and violent turn that you have little warning, and no time to prepare. When that happens, you cling to God and realize that you never had control of the steering wheel in the first place--an obvious "Jesus, Take the Wheel" moment. Our life has taken such a turn. It's a story I can't share yet, but my deepest prayer is that someday, when God has writte…