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Friday, August 23, 2019

In the stories of Israel, there is an interesting description of a king, a new king.  This particular young ruler will follow in his father’s footsteps. He has big sandals to fill. 

The young king’s father would be known forever as one of the greatest kings ever. T...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Once upon a time, I owned a 1998 Saab 900 SE manual convertible in navy blue with a black top. It had a tricked out sound system in the trunk that held 8 CDs at a time. I got custody of that beauty because it was considered a "gift" and the judge gave it to me in an ex...

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Years ago, when I was younger and learning that not everyone is like me, my college boyfriend and I went to a lake gathering with a friend of his from high school. The guy’s sister had a small, delicate butterfly tattoo on her ankle. 

In an aside to me, the boyfrie...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

I never danced in The Nutcracker ballet.  In fact, I didn’t have access to an inexpensive production that my single mom could afford. That meant I did not grow up seeing live performances of The Nutcracker.

The good news is that the ballet occasionally came to us via ou...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 6th, The Feast of St. Nicholas

My youngest children are hitting that age where the complete and utter magic of Santa, reindeer, and elves is being replaced by nagging doubts. In fact, because I love this time of year, my kids’ doubts and questions are probably...

Saturday, November 24, 2018

There is almost no tradition I don't like, which is probably a good thing because I'm a pastor and come from a family that loves them. Suffice it to say, churches have lots of traditions and rituals too. While we may not realize how significant these practices are, the...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A hard rain was falling that night. Our children were in bed, my husband was upstairs, and I was walking into our kitchen, fully swaddled in my pajamas and comfy robe. I was enjoying listening to the rain hitting my roof. It looked to be a peaceful night, a rare and be...

Monday, September 17, 2018

I've been reading a book about how to be happy.*

From my observation of people I know, and of what I see and read in the news and online, many of us are pursuing happiness. As Americans, we certainly talk about the "pursuit of happiness" and are bombarded with media 24/...

Friday, September 7, 2018

I’m not much of a thrill seeker, not in the way of someone who loves sitting in a metal car that circles on tracks upside down at high speeds. I’ve ridden my share of roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls, and ferris wheels, but that was mostly in my past. 

As a kid, I swam in...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sometimes, as I’m browsing through my Houzz app, or a stray Pottery Barn catalog, I look longingly at a lush, white pair of sofas, or a delicate, cream love seat. I envy crisp white walls and towels, but these are unsuitable for a house with four boys, two dogs, two ca...

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Betsy Singleton Snyder is a United Methodist pastor, wife, mother

of 4 active boys and author of

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life.

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