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  • The Key to Staying Sane in Spinning World

    On Monday, September 23 rd, 2013

    So there’s a poor reason why they call ‘em spin doctors. You know, how the newspapers and airwaves are loud with them, PR guys winding journalists and the news up, spinning some yarn, some twist on this regulation, about that siege, this regime, those rebels and my heart twists, wrung out and weak. Sometimes I have to just lean up against a door frame, a drywalled t...

  • One to Put on Repeat For All of Our Days …
    (or like One Thousand Gifts set to music)

    On Tuesday, September 17 th, 2013

      Yeah … exactly what he said:     {consider pausing music player in bottom left margin? and RSS readers may listen here}  {The title track from Matt Redman’s newest release: Your Grace Finds Me}   And the real mystery of grace is that it always arrives in time. Like the wind, grace finds us wherever we are and won’t leave us however we w...

  • How to Figure the Equation of a Good Week, a Good Life

    On Monday, September 16 th, 2013

    The hour drive it takes to get to the lake on a Sunday afternoon, I think of the Sunday morning sermon. The preacher was preaching pure gospel, how to be born again. 25 years he’s been preaching it in our little country chapel, to the hog farmers, the corn-croppers, the mothers with babies in arms. How you can’t work for it, angle for it, or jockey for it – You can’...

  • How to Live Through the Hard Weeks

    On Monday, September 09 th, 2013

    Sometimes, even right before it really begins, you know how the week’s going to go. I look in the mirror early on a Monday morning, the bedhead looking more like a monsterhead, and I look right into that water-splattered mirror. And tell the woman looking back at me how the next seven days are likely to go down — are going to likely try to take me down. The mail...

  • 3 Ways: How to Find & Fight for Joy

    On Wednesday, September 04 th, 2013

    So yeah… in which the neck breaks out in nervous blotches. And the make-up artist keeps insisting you need a little more and you keep smiling weakly and say no, really, no more, that’s good… And in actual fact you are at home with bad hair, a whole passel of kids and a full sink of dishes, and this was filmed a bit ago — but the message is desperately w...

  • Your Mid-Morning Espresso Break: #HappySecretComing

    On Tuesday, August 27 th, 2013

      So — like that time? Like when we only told our friends we were expecting just 3 weeks before we became parents? Only this time — we waited till…. Well — this happy secret that we’ve been working quietly away on is not like that at all — but sorta like that, kind of? Not like that, but like that? (!!!) So — while we just unwr...

  • What Turns out to be the Case — When Your Plans Don’t all Turn Out

    On Monday, August 26 th, 2013

    So, yeah — if there were gardening police, I’d be on death row. Lock me up and throw away the key. You know – when your garden hits a midsummer crisis and sheds its demure and orderly rows of polite and blooming tomatoes and goes all punk and angry, acting like its some python-infested jungle that might reach out and grab you by your thin and fragile jugular if you loo...

  • How to Really Seize the Last of Summer: The Cheap & Easy Way {Free Printable}

    On Friday, August 23 rd, 2013

    One week left. One week of sweet corn and swimming suits and bare toes and zinnia bouquets and light like this in their hair and all the days are adding up to make years. One more week before the oldest flies this coop for university, before he packs up his room and drives away in that little Honda Civic, before we stand on the front porch and wave goodbye. You on...

  • The Horse Principle: 1 Truth that Will Get You Through the Hard Days Again & Again

    On Monday, August 19 th, 2013

    When that window shattered into 7 billion pieces, a sliver stuck my heart and maybe a sliver is all we ever have? It wasn’t so much that our farm boy had turned the tractor too sharp. It wasn’t that he’d backed the tractor into the auger of the wagon hitched behind him. It wasn’t even so much that the steel auger had slammed into the full window of the tractor — e...

  • When You Just Want God To Show Up & Answer Your Prayers

    On Monday, August 05 th, 2013

    When we buy her two pygmy goats for her birthday, who knew how big faith could get? We bring them home in June in a mini-van with no air-conditioning. Two miniature goats neighing back and forth — on the laps of two boys making jokes about something warm running down their legs. “We do need to name them,” the birthday girl announces. She strokes one goat’s speckled...

  • How to Make August Amazing: The Real Science of Happy

    On Thursday, August 01 st, 2013

    {Print August’s Joy Dare} {Just through Friday, save 50%off One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are @} Just hit 1000 gifts in my journal! It is transforming my thinking … my being!  {Jill S} Thank you for making the Joy Dare Collection of monthly gift available to print. I keep the current month next to my phon...

  • {A Letter to Kate} 7 Ways to Labor & Deliver Your Best Life

    On Monday, July 22 nd, 2013

    Dear Kate: So. They say you’ve gone into labor today? I’m not sure if anyone ever mentioned it, but there’s this wild law of the universe: a mother’s labor and delivery never ends, and you never stop having to remember to breathe. Let’s just be upfront: This can be a hard thing. I once had a two and a half year old who climbed up a forty foot la...

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