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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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Sunday, April 23, 2017

What God says about the “words” I’m not supposed to use.

For about a year now, I’ve had this strange ritual. It’s as much a part of waking up as making coffee while I rinse my mouth with coconut oil. I can’t do it at the same time I swish around the coconut oil because it requires talking. In the morning. Out loud. When my household is still asleep. I told you...

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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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Friday, March 17, 2017

This 1 simple thing has totally changed my life.

 I started using the social media site Quora last week. I received an email asking me to answer the following question- How can I discover my purpose on earth? I got goosebumps from head to toe as I read it. This question echoed in the dark hallways of my head for a very long time. But I realized I don’t struggle with...

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The best kept secret to “having it all.”

Listen to the audio version of this post here. I’ve turned some sort of imaginary corner. Imaginary because I can’t see it and have no marked day that it happened. But something has happened nonetheless. I hadn’t planned on writing about it because it’s difficult to describe. But that’s a writer’s job. To put into, as few and concise words as...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

The non-cheesy secret to a life of hope and joy.

Listen to the audio version of this post here. I’m beginning to learn the secret to hope and joy is not what I once thought it was. It’s not about comparing yourself to those around you. It’s not about staying super busy just to prove you can. It’s not about blaming your boss, or spouse, or circumstances, or God. It’s not about hiding under...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can’t believe everything you hear.

You know that thing you’ve always heard is true about you? Maybe it’s not.   My son started 6th grade at a very unique school in the fall. They follow the college model. Students attend class two days a week to get instruction, receive assignments, and take tests. They work at home the other three days to follow up their learning. It gives a...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to Life as usual. Or is it?

Christmas break is officially over and it’s life as usual. Or is it? We had a happy holiday. Family. Food. A trip away. No set schedule. All is mostly well. Except that… I didn’t know how much I was dreading “life as usual” until last night. I woke up to a wet kiss on the cheek at 12:30 a.m. My son stood over and...

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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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