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Article by Jess Griggs
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First Graders Mail Drawings to Lonely Fish in Aquarium

Grouper feature 175x92 The last few months have been surreal, to say the least. With stores, restaurants, malls, movie theaters, and countless other places closed to the public due to the pandemic, we’re all adjusting to this new way of life – at least for the time being. While we all miss meeting friends at bars and restaurants … Continue reading...

June 20 2020

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Article by Jess Griggs
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5 Tips For Dealing With Failure

How to deal banner 175x92 Failure comes in all shapes and sizes. From failing a test in school to watching your marriage crumble – and everything in between – life is all too ready to remind us of all the marks we have missed along the way. Maybe you can push past the pain or ignore the nagging feeling that … Continue reading 5 Tips For...

January 24 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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7 GOOD Reasons God Allows Suffering

Sole bicycles lb bwerndvk unsplash 175x92 We know God loves us and wants to bless us. If you’re like me, your favorite scriptures are the ones that remind us of just how much He loves us and how much He wants to bless us. Jeremiah 29:11 is one example: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, … Continue reading 7 GOOD Reasons God Allows Suffering →...

January 01 2020

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Unexpected Love: Advent Day 21

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Ok, you can relate to this, all you Amazon shoppers–oh, wait, that’s everyone, isn’t it? Picture this: You order something on Amazon, you’re super stoked to get it, you check the driveway every five seconds for the truck, it seems like it’s taking FOREVER (even though it’s coming next day via Prime), and then the …...

December 28 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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The Waterfall: Advent Day 22

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I live in the most beautiful state in the union: Washington. I bet you thought I was going to say Hawaii, didn’t you? Or maybe Florida, California, or somewhere else where it’s warm most of the year? Well, all I have to say is that Washington rivals every one of those states in so many … Continue reading The Waterfall: Advent...

December 28 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Not the End of the Story: Christmas Day

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Stockings. Candy canes. Hot cocoa. Breakfast casseroles. Squealing children waking groggy parents long before dawn. Coffee–LOTS of coffee. Piles and piles of torn wrapping paper and ribbon. Long-awaited dreams fulfilled. Joyful surprises. Food, food and more food. Pajamas all day long. Christmas movies and snuggles. People, stop...

December 26 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Maybe Christmas Means Something More: Advent Day 24

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I love it that the classic tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is still being revamped and retold since it was first published in 1957–sixty-two years ago! Why? Probably because its message still has relevance to us today: Christmas isn’t about stuff, food, or winning the prize for the best light show; it’s about something...

December 25 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Dependable Love: Advent Day 9

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Thanks to my love for M & M’s, I met Jesus as a very young girl. Yup. I was playing contentedly on a friend’s jungle gym one day when a couple of neighborhood kids suddenly accosted me, saying, “Kelli! You gotta come to this lady’s house ’cause she’ll give you an M & M! And … Continue...

December 24 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love Keeps Tapping You on the Shoulder: Advent Day 23

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I have some friends who are much better at being good friends than I am. You know the type: They text regularly just to let you know they’re thinking of you; they remember things about what’s going on in your life and ask you how those things are going; they’re the first to call when … Continue reading Love Keeps Tapping You on...

December 24 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love Always Wins: Advent Day 20

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Amazing factoid about me: My husband and I have been married for (drumroll, please) almost 34 years! I know–we’re rockstars, right? We’ve beaten some HUGE odds, and we’re pretty darn proud of ourselves. And even better–we are still madly, sickenly in love with each other, more and more each day. Yes, really. We often get...

December 21 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love Fights for You: Advent Day 18

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Warning: I’m going to give you an ear worm right now: “We all need somebody to le-e-ean on.” These words, so soulfully recorded by Bill Withers many decades ago, are well known all around the world–and still true today. Who is your go-to person (or people), the one(s) you lean on, count on, confide your … Continue reading...

December 21 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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His Love Brings Joy: Advent Day 17

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 One of the things I love most about teaching first graders is how excitable they are. I discovered very quickly that if I get excited–or make them think I’m really excited–about what I want to teach them, they jump right on board and instantly engage. And everything is a big deal to them, whether it’s … Continue...

December 21 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love Doesn’t Strut: Advent Day 19

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I was once a pretty good strutter. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but in high school I dragged myself out of bed at 4:30 in the morning, not because I was taking a special class before school started, not because I was doing chores, not because I was praying for my family or my classmates, … Continue reading Love Doesn’t...

December 20 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love That Offers Second Chances: Advent Day 11

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 My husband and I start every Christmas season by watching the 1971 musical version of Scrooge, starring Albert Finney. Even though neither of us really likes musicals most of the time, this particular version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is so powerfully done that it sucked us in, and it’s become a yearly...

December 19 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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His Love Buries Your Past: Advent Day 10

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Love can drive us to do some crazy things sometimes. I love hearing stories about outrageous marriage proposals, people risking their lives to save loved ones, and regular Joes stepping in to help perfect strangers in an emergency. What makes us do these things? I would suggest that people who express this kind of outrageous …...

December 19 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love That Calls You Home: Advent Day 7

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 As a child of the 60’s, I grew up sans modern technology and everything that comes with it. I remember pretending to talk to my friends on devices like the ones we saw on Star Trek, the closest things to cell phones we’d seen. When I got older and attended the UW (Go Dawgs!), I … Continue reading Love That Calls You...

December 19 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Getting Close: Advent Day 5

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I teach first graders, and I love, love LOVE what I do! Besides being a very rewarding job, I have multiple opportunities every day to get closer to God as I navigate the complexities of being Christ-like in all situations, helping every individual student grow, and all the while feeling like I’m playing a rousing …...

December 17 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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He Runs to You: Advent Day 8

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Even if you’re not really a “churchy” person, you’ve probably heard the parable of the prodigal son in the Bible. You know, the story of the kid who demands his inheritance long before his dad is dying, leaves town, spends everything he has on partying and women, then has to settle for a job feeding …...

December 17 2019