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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Screw goal setting. I’m doing this instead.

I didn’t know why I was so upset, then it hit me… My son and I were headed to a friend’s home for a visit. She had received some alarming results on a cat scan a few days before Thanksgiving. We were praying and standing firm that additional reports would be positive. But this was a time of waiting. Of not...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

When You Feel Like a Failure Following Your Dream; Here’s Hope

God will give us success; then we will arise and build. I’d been praying Nehemiah 2:20 every single day for 3 months.  I’d come to dread this hot air prayer because it felt empty and pointless. God had not “given me success” in the area I most craved it and I certainly didn’t feel like I was building much of anything. (The details are...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

10 Ways To Examine Your Life (If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing)

I have a confession to make. It’s really weird. (Or at least I would have thought it was if you told me you were doing it.) Ready? (You may or may not suddenly imagine Charlton Heston as you read this.) I’ve started reading the 10 commandments out loud every morning. I bet you’ll have one of three reactions to that statement. “How archaic and weird.” “Oh...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hope For That Hill You’re Climbing

I’ve been riding a mountain bike for a few years. I use the term “riding” loosely because my experience often includes “pushing” my bike over boulders, “walking” it down steep slopes, and “scooting” across narrow bridges like a toddler on a toy. So more accurately, “I’ve been ride-push-scoot-walking a mountain bike for a few years.” My eleven-year old son, Sam, rides too....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You Know That Hard Thing You Need To Do? Yeah, About That…

I used to run regularly. And slowly. And awkwardly. And laboriously. No matter- I still ran. It came with gut-wrenching effort, aches, pains, and a burning in my throat when I gasped for air. I had to push myself through the last quarter inch of whatever distance I’d decided to go. And I loved it. Not because running came naturally to me...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Do This One Thing If You Want To Be The Hero In Your Story

Wherever you find yourself today- in love with life, stuck in a rut, or pushing a boulder uphill- I want to remind you that you are deeply loved, infinitely valuable, and absolutely alive for a purpose. Whether someone has told you lately or not, your presence matters. Your contribution matters. Your struggle matters. Your story matters. I wouldn’t keep writing here week after week if weren’t...

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Some Small Things You Don’t Do- If You Want A Big Life

I used to think BIG changes happened in BIG chunks. Since I didn’t have BIG chunks of… time, money, smarts or self-confidence… I placated myself by saying, “Big changes are overrated. I’m fine without them.” Secretly, I’d see someone else experiencing a “big change” I wanted in my own life and turn all green and grinchy inside. I would continually make excuses as to why other...

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Friday, February 26, 2016

So You’re Frustrated? That’s Fantastic. Learn Why Now.

Are you feeling frustrated in some are of your life? Restless? Anxious? Unsettled? Dissatisfied? That’s so awesome! I’m super excited for you! (Wait. Did she just say she was excited for me? What the?) Yes. I did. And please don’t leave until I tell you why. Frustration is a prompt. A pre-cursor. A sign. A signal. A cue… that something...

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why You Can Commit To Living An Awesome Life

If you would have been sitting there with me all those times, you would have seen it, too. Simply amazing… The transformation- her body from damaged to redeemed; his heart from cowardly to courageous; her soul from shame-wrought to worthiness; his thoughts from suicidal to sound; her faith from deep doubt to total trust; his life from panicked to peaceful; her journey from captivity to freedom; his parenting from neglected to connected; her...

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Friday, January 22, 2016

How To Stop Worrying and Start Winning in Life

Take a moment to consider your day. Has your stomach churned? Your heart raced? Have your shoulders seized up like there’s an orangutan on your back? That full body clench that comes from clutching the hot wire of worry. Yuck. I get it. AND… Worry doesn’t move your life along. It just keeps you stuck. Imagine your favorite vehicle, decked out and detailed. You’re cruising along,...

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