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Monday, May 22, 2017

When being busy becomes an idol

Being a purpose junkie is very busy work. So much to do. So little time. How can I make the most of every minute? I was rereading my favorite self-help book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. I drank in the wisdom of its simplicity.   “What’s your some day goal?” Gary Keller asks, “What is The One Thing...

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Why won’t God answer my prayers?

I pray for certain things to change or get better and they don’t. Why won’t God answer my prayers? -J I don’t know. But I can share a story from my life.   Five years ago this month, my father-in-law called. He told us his doctor was sending him in for a heart procedure. They would apply dye and make sure everything...

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Why do people put their prayer requests on Facebook?

I’m annoyed by individuals being too religious, too outspoken about right and wrong and on Facebook. Asking for prayers from all? I see life a little more sacred as well as church and our spiritual relationships. Why do people feel the need to put their prayer requests on Facebook? Facebook has invaded too many of our sacred spaces- spirituality, marriage, children, mental...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday. Bad Decision.

I was avoiding the inevitable. My iPhone was hot in my hand as I clung to the covers. I held it under my pillow and squeezed the side button to snooze it each time the alarm went off. I didn’t want to get up for my morning quiet time because I didn’t want to hear the same crickets serenading a decision I’d been trying to make....

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

1 thing to try when you feel trapped.

There are crisp mornings when a dense sheet of fog fosters stillness in me. Then it lifts and reveals the day. That kind of fog is okay. But not the mental kind. Not the emotional kind. Not the kind of fog that hides Hope and Goodness and Progress. Not the kind of fog that keeps me stuck in boredom, bad habits, negative seeing,...

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Can too much “Jesus” talk be a bad thing?

You can listen to the audio version of today’s post here. Yesterday, while I was taking down my Christmas decorations (Yes, on January 20th, please don’t judge me), I listened to a new podcast. The God Journey is comprised of two friends chatting it up in a laid back style about religiosity that doesn’t work and Relationship that does. On yesterday’s episode, Wayne...

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas: the thing I’m probably not supposed to say

It’s been a wonderful, rattling, sleepless, somber, uncertain, miraculous, humbling week.   Wonderful. 10:18 p.m. Sunday night. A Dallas interception to stop Tampa Bay on the last drive and deliver the win.  Present. At AT&T Stadium with my son. And our fantastic friends who surprised us with tickets just a few weeks before. An answer to prayer I didn’t even know I’d been...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1 thing we can do to find peace when it seems like there’s nothing we can do

He and I have been acquaintances for years. Familiar through friends and family. He joked that he’d buy the coffee if in exchange for answers to impossible questions. He generously bought the coffee, knowing I couldn’t hold up my end of the deal. I had little to offer but a listening ear. And some personal stories- with the disclaimer that they rise up from my...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

What if life with Jesus is anything “butt” fake and boring?

I joined thirty or so people, as we looked on from our seats in the auditorium style classroom. It was the 6th grade’s first class debate. “Should college athletes get paid?” My son’s team would argue athletes should indeed get paid. The opposing team, that they should not. Five students on each team would take turns telling us “why.” My son stood before us, his...

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Does God Care Who We Vote For?

I wonder, “Does God care who I vote for?” At first glance, I cannot see God in this election cycle. I cannot see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Instead, I see hatred, offense, fear, impatience, malice, disrespect, injustice, arrogance, and reckless abandon. Not just among political powers, but between those of us who have elected...

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