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A breath of fresh air for your mind.

Have you been prioritizing your daily to-do lists over life’s bigger picture? It can be so easy to get caught up in tasks and forget to foreground life’s mysteries once in a while. So set aside just five minutes and join me on Alice at Dawn as we ponder thought-provoking questions and navigate our complex world together.

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Featured: Homesick

When I was young, I was often homesick. I hated sleepovers and called my folks to pick me up before the fun started. I despised Girl Scout camps and feigned illness to escape. I didn't like being away from home; it left me with an ache in my soul I couldn't put words to. I […]

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That one place ...

Prayer is confusing to us. We have received all kinds of mixed messages … and often we feel paralyzed, inadequate and guilty. I have to believe God does not want us to feel this way. He just wants us to come to him as we are with what we have and to do our best. […]

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Laughter ...

"... the laughter of the heavens is too loud for us to hear." GK Chesterton

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Live gladly ...

To tie in to yesterday’s post about how God gives us everything for our enjoyment … These two quotes from the ancient mystic Julian of Norwich: “The greatest honor we can give to God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.” And … “What God most wants is to see you […]

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Enjoyment ...

So, I am working on a teaching for Sunday about contentment and generosity. And I stumbled across a word I don’t find often in the Bible; a word I don’t think many of us equate with God. But there it is … right there in the closing passages of Paul’s first letter to Timothy: “Command […]

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A bit of travel ...

After a two full weeks of not feeling well, and a full weekend of serving, I am so happy to be taking off for a 5-day trip to see my kids. That makes my soul happy. I won’t be posting to my blog while I am gone. I am just going to focus on the […]

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Honest prayer ...

I am a strong proponent of honest prayer. I really have no time for pretending I am more holy, more pious, more cleaned up than I actually am. Too much pretending exhausts me. And I believe that prayer is one of the primary places in our lives with God where we are deeply tempted to […]

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A mental breath of fresh air.

There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.


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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

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