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For some reason, I have been obsessed with waffles ever since we moved to DC. I really don’t know the reason for the urgency of waffle perfection. I’ve had a flip-style waffle iron for many years, and we made waffles occasionally at home in Colorado, but I never really had a go-to waffle recipe. I limped along for a while, but for some reason my desire to perfect my waffle-making escalated in the last year, and I have been on a mission to find the perfect recipe.

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Do the homework

I’ll never forget a conversation I was a part of when I was a junior in college. A group of us were hanging around after a meeting at our campus ministry one evening and talking about school. One guy (we’ll call him Jack) confided about how he was struggling a bit with his classes.

“Yeah, I know God was gracious and provided the opportunity for me to come study here at the university. I’m definitely trusting him with all my classes, but I’m actually not doing very well.”

He went on to assure us he was trusting fully on God for his success and not, for instance, on worldly activities such as doing his homework or studying. As far as I can tell, Jack was honestly confused about why he was struggling in school. It seemed completely obvious to me–you can’t just not do your homework and expect God to bail you out of a class. You had to put in the effort to study and learn on your own, and God would help you along the way.

However, I confess that I find myself doing exactly the same thing in my own life every single day.

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An unintended consequence of our recent surge of yard and outdoor work is an initiative to jazz up our home’s curb appeal. Our house is quaintly situated on our lot, with towering trees and a welcoming entryway, so we have lots to work with in the area of charm. However, with the exterior of the house slightly unkempt from a few years of being a rental, and from being an old house in general, it needs a little TLC to really make it shine.
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I have been sick for almost two weeks. Congestion, sinus pressure, coughing, fever, runny nose…all conspired to make me pretty miserable for a week and a half. While I have probably been slightly affected by allergies due to the enormous amount of pollen in the air, I believe that it’s mostly been a lingering cold. Fortunately, I’ve felt much better the last two days, and hopefully I’ll completely shake it over the weekend.
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It’s been six months since we moved into our house. During this time, we have experienced two seasons: shoveling leaves and shoveling snow. Now that it’s spring going into summer, we’ll finally get to enjoy the outside of our home more, which were really the major selling points to us. We’ve barely been able to appreciate them with this past epic winter, so it’s nice to acquaint ourselves with the exterior a bit more.
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Do you ever feel that parts of your life are dead? I felt this way last year. We had just moved away from a place we’d lived for a long time. We didn’t know anybody here. We weren’t involved with anything. We were temporarily living in one location and had no idea where we would be in a few months. Other than working, which I came to DC specifically to do, and hanging out with Bart, my overall purpose in life seemed dead.

In reality, my life and purpose weren’t actually dead. This was just a Sabbath time in my life, one of rest and transition between the shape it took in Colorado and the new shape it was going to take in our new location. I learned a lot from it, and am still learning as I have the opportunity to challenge myself with new ministries, new relationships, new tasks, but in the midst of a barren time, life seemed dull and, well, lifeless.
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Well, the good news is that my last basil plant didn’t technically die like the first one. The bad news is that it just never grew once I brought it home and repotted it. I put it in a nice, sunny window and watered it carefully, but I didn’t see any new growth whatsoever after about a month. In my ever-continuing quest to be successful at growing a kitchen herb garden, I decided to try a new approach with a third plant and see if I could finally achieve some basil success.

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