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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Bible Says, “Fear Not,” But I’m Scared Sh**less Sometimes. Are You?

I haven’t counted for myself, but I’ve heard it said, “Fear not,” is  in the Bible 365 times. They teach, preach, and beseech us “not to be afraid.” But frankly, I’m scared shitless sometimes. I fear clowns, criticism, crashing my bike, and car wrecks. Bridges, bears, big buildings, and bull riding. Snakes, shark attacks, screwing up, and smothering. Judgment, jack-in-the boxes, jerky...

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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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Friday, April 22, 2016

Superb News For People Who Like To Be In Control & For Those Who Don’t. So Basically, Superb News All Around.

One year ago today, my mom and I quietly sipped coffee in the small family cafeteria at the Hospice House. It had been a long night. We wore our weariness like sack cloth. There was a woman wearing scrubs, pushing a bucket from room to room. She cleaned the floors, but I sensed she was cleansing much more than the concrete. She stopped at...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Return To Sabbath Minus The Guilt

Sunday. The Lord’s Day. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. These words follow me around like a puppy, tugging at my pant leg. They want my full attention. They want to play. “I don’t have time,” I say. “Nobody really has that kind of time these days.” But isn’t that precisely why I need to lean in and listen ever...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I Know Why You’re Discontent Sometimes. Me Too.

I set my alarm an hour earlier this morning. I’ve heard it said, “If you have to eat a frog, it’s better to eat it early rather sit and look at the slimy thing all day.” For weeks, I’ve been struggling to write. The world is already drowning in words.”What do I possibly have to add?” The question roars through my mind...

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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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