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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 25, 2010 - Contentment

By Kristen Feola

My two-week obsession with moving began after reading an article about how every serious writer should have a dedicated workspace. Suddenly my laptop on the kitchen table seemed very unprofessional and inadequate. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I was that I needed an office.

I drove through neighborhoods, looked up houses online, called and met with our Realtor, and made plans to put our house on the market. It was exciting at first. However, soon I felt overwhelmed.

A few days later when I was vacuuming, I realized how much I really do love our house. When I look around, my mind is flooded with memories. The hardwood flooring in our bedroom that Justin and his dad installed together. The color on the living room walls from January several years ago when Justin and I trudged up the street to Sherwin Williams despite the bitterly cold temperatures. (We were in “project mode,” and a little blizzard wasn’t going to stop us!)

My kitchen is one place that I’m especially attached to, not only because I enjoy cooking but also because of what my kitchen represents. Evidence of my husband’s love is all over the place — the pendant lighting he hung above our table, the countertops he remodeled for my birthday this year, and the island he bought me a few Christmases ago.

There are times when I wish we had more space, or a basement so the kids could run around and play, or to be able to write in my own office. But I’m thankful for the home we have. God gave us this house, and it is perfect. I’m satisfied. I’m content. There’s no place I’d rather be.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV).

— Kristen Feola is a freelance writer and attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.



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