Author: Bekah Shaffer

Dreaming the Dreams in Plain Sight

  I signed up for a handful of free webinars when this year began, mostly because I was my own newly-appointed boss, and I wasn’t sure what to make myself do except learn things, and free webinars fit the non-existent budget. I’d sit at the dining room table, notebooks spread open before me, pen in hand, and all distractions put away, so I could learn everything the expert hosts had to teach. It didn’t take long to realize they were all big fans of goal-making, and I loved that, because I’m a big fan of itmyself. Lists, multi-colored pens,...

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Dreams

  I didn’t have many aspirations in my post-college life. I think it must have terrified my parents, as they watched the calendar hurling toward graduation, and they watched me shrug and say “Something will work out,” regarding employment and housing. I’m not one to not plan ahead, so it mystifies even me as I look back at that season of my life. How could I get into my senior year without a plan of any kind? God was merciful and provided a job just into my second semester of my senior year. He probably did it more to...

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Someday Is Here

We were on our way home from church that Sunday morning when my husband’s phone buzzed with a new text message. He glanced down and handed the phone to me so I could read it to him. It was from his boss, who, in one of those beautiful blessings of life, is every bit as much a real-life friend. He and his wife wanted to know if we could come over for dinner that night. Nothing fancy…pizza or tacos or something. Though we typically protect our Sundays as family time, we had no actual pressing plans on the calendar,...

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Recognized With Christ

They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 I’ve been working my way through a Bible study on the book of Acts, and as I read through chapter four, I stopped and read those words over and over. Recognized as one who had been with Jesus: can you imagine that being your own testimony? Of course in this context, the words mean that the people observing Peter and John going about their ministry literally recognized them as disciples of Jesus. They recognized them as men who had spent years of their life in close...

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A Spring Of Hope

Although our Midwest weather seems to be unable to decide if it wants one more go-around with winter or if it’s ready to launch into spring, I want to believe spring really is on the way. I want to believe that any more bouts of snow will be mild enough to at least let the tops of the greening blades of grass peek through. And truthfully, it can go ahead and stop {the snow, I mean} anytime now. A few days ago, during my leisurely morning scroll through Twitter, I noticed one of the local news stations encouraging people to tweet photos of flowers peeking through the ground at their homes around the state. As they rolled in, the station retweeted them, and suddenly I found myself staring at yard after yard dotted with tiny sprouts of tulip and daffodil promise. No blooms yet, of course, but a couple of inches of thick, healthy green shoots stood straight and proud from the otherwise brown earth. There’s something hope-filled about seeing that first sign of spring, isn’t there? Of realizing that the winter, no matter how long or short it may have felt, is about to depart and warmth, sunshine, and fresh flowery beauty is on its way? I scrolled and stared, and suddenly felt the urge to see if such shoots of spring pushed through my own backyard. It...

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