Krista Lynn Campbell

The Journey

obedience

He descended the ladder and stepped away from his work. Hired to repair our broken windows, the young man had more on his heart and mind than measuring. He wanted to talk. If God presented him with an opportunity to speak with us, he would take it. That time was now. Years ago, he dated …

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more than a story

Enormous sets of boats, towns, and landscapes changed before my eyes. Trained sheep, goats, and pigs entered and exited on cue without accidents. With a Mr. Sticky cinnamon bun and a padded chair, I settled in to experience the live stage performance of ‘JESUS’. For two hours, actors sang and performed as Jesus healed the blind, …

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closed doors

The wind is moving, but I am standing still. A life of pages waiting to be filled. A heart that’s hopeful, a head that’s full of dreams, but this becoming is harder than it seems. ~Michael W. Smith, “Place in this World” Michael W. Smith’s song captured my heartache as I searched for meaning and purpose. With a …

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silence

The hostess sat the large group at the table beside us. With 3 young children and 4 adults, I dreaded a loud lunchtime. Complaints filled my mind. Why couldn’t they be seated further away? Why do they have to be so close to us?  Now, my lunch is ruined. Angry and annoyed, I donned my nasty face and resolved …

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reminders

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. ~ Leonardo da Vinci To relieve stress and stretch my legs before stuck in a small airplane seat, I walk around airports. In a recent stroll …

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masterpiece

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. ~ Camille Pissarro, Impressionist Painter Paint purchased, furniture moved, nails removed, and holes patched. Work required before paint cans are opened, brushes dipped, and stains covered. Messiness precedes magnificence. Beastly before beauty.  God paints the filthy rooms of my heart. …

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debt

I approached the librarian to collect my copies. My bill totaled $1.00. As I handed her a twenty-dollar bill, she pointed to a handwritten sign. We do not accept $20 bills. Embarrassment settled around me. I questioned my fellow library patrons. Do you have change for a twenty? With no help available, the librarian gave me permission to leave …

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21 seconds

He spoke for 21 seconds and I hung on every word. I replayed the video clip again. His dark eyes locked with mine; his voice just above a whisper. My favorite part came at the end with a wave. I loved this young man even though I understood not a single word he said. Captivated …

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mighty momma

Nameless. Some sources offered Zlelponith or Hazelelponi as possibilities for the woman of Judges 13. I nicknamed her Zel. One might miss Zel on the way to ‘the rest of the story’. But Zel of Judges 13 deserved my pause. Few facts are offered about her. She married Manoah and was barren. Missing details of Zel’s emotions and …

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I wanna be fat

I wanna be fat. Not fat from too many McDonald’s french fries or too little exercise. Not because I’ve failed (again) at my latest diet attempt. I wanna be fat like the late Billy Graham. At Reverend Graham’s funeral, Ned Graham described his father as FAT. Faithful. Available.Teachable.   Faithful.Thirty-five years ago, I spoke vows before God, family, and friends …

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