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Claire Tomkinson
I am a fellow traveler on this transformational journey of living
I am a fellow traveler on this transformational journey of living


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The Sanctuary
"We have tended to believe that a sanctuary is something created by the hands of human beings. It is much more difficult for us to accept the knowing that those things given to us freely by whatever we call God are the true sanctuaries."  -Anne Wilson Schaa...

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Where am I?
You might have noticed that I have not been blogging very much lately. I wasn't sure I was going to take the time to explain this to you, but I think it is better to just be open than leave weeks of blank space between each post.  I am in such a wonderful a...

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Right in front of me
I paused and looked up.  I actually paused.  I think that was my first success.  When I looked up, I let my eyes scan skyward very slowly so that I could actually take note of what was happening between where I was standing and the heavens. What I saw was g...

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Belief Precedes Miracles
This is an article that Joel has written recently. I thought it was worth sharing, for sure! Matthew  13:58 58 And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief. When I was in high school, I remember reading this verse in my study bible...

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Awfully hard
Our family has been working on rehabbing my grandparents home for over a year now. There really are no words to describe the process of ups and downs, and the enormous amount of physical labor and planning that has gone into every task. Often, Joel (who is ...

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Water Wins
For 12 months now, Joel and our family have been working diligently on my grandparent's house to make it a home again. The work has been overwhelmingly disgusting, depressing and usually very difficult. He has come home exhausted both mentally and physicall...

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Living in the Overflow
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to facilitate a retreat, yet again! This time, it was for a group of teenagers from Decatur Presbyterian Church. Their youth pastor was working on creating the space for the youth to take on some ownership of their minist...

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Name Your Price
Today, Joel asked if we could read the Bible together for a while. Of course! He asked what I wanted to hear as he peeled open the creased pages of his travel Message Bible. I said, "I want to hear about Jacob." So, Joel flipped his Bible open and lo'- he l...

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Ruby Slippers
Last month, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I say that, but it was precisely what I want to do with my life on a regular basis. I was asked to facilitate and lead the Presbyterian Women's Retreat for Covenant Presbyterian Church. Not only was I asked t...

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What do you want to do with your life? What brings you joy? What do you love?  These questions have inspired and plagued me for as long as I can remember. At my most courageous and certain, I can answer each of them and boldly reach towards a holistic visio...
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