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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 16, 2017

I refuse to be Hate’s host.

Blogcast: Listen to the audio version of the blog here.   I was on the phone with the nurse for the second time in an hour. I was panicked. Maybe she knew it… or maybe she was panicked too. “Take him to the ER,” she said with conviction. My son had a temperature of 104. His stomach had violently sent the Tylenol right back...

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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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Thursday, August 4, 2016

When it’s hard to let the ones we love choose their own way

I reached out last week and asked what you are struggling with so I can do my best to come alongside you. It seems many of us (including myself) need help navigating the worry we feel for those closet to us- when they are making decisions we don’t trust, like, or agree with. I know what it’s like to struggle...

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Monday, July 18, 2016

How we can come Together in a world that is falling apart.

Here we are, a week later with more images of terror and broken bodies and weeping after Friday’s attack in Nice. And just as I was about to publish this post yesterday, I learned about the policemen shot in Baton Rouge. Then shortly after, the protests in Cleveland. It seems we must decide for ourselves if we will become who the media...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Freedom. It’s not what you think.

Freedom. It’s not what you think. At least it wasn’t for Lily. We were at my parent’s farm over Memorial Day weekend. My son was plowing while my husband stood close to oversee. My husband noticed a small, light brown creature curled up in the edge of the field. It wasn’t frightened enough to run away from the roar of the diesel engine, but not brave enough to...

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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, 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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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Don’t Let More Terror Make Us Terrible

This is not a political piece I’m writing; it’s a personal one. It’s a prescription for individuals to cure the terminal hate infecting our world. It’s heavy because my heart is breaking over the disintegration of our culture. Today, our global community is stunned again by terrorist attacks, this time in Brussels. We are mortified by what we see and are aware...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Just Do What The Bible Says” Doesn’t Help Hurting People

She sat near me and shared her story. It was her very own yet it has belonged to many of us at one time or another. She had confided in a pastor, “I’m having a hard time at home. I don’t how I can keep doing this.”  As she told me about it, tears stung the bottom corner of her eyelids, like...

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