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  • How to Not Miss Your Real Life Calling

    On Friday, November 16 th, 2012
    When they cut the three right open and start pulling out the inner guts, there isn’t a sound in the room. They’re focused and silent and pulling at strings and ripping away at things and I wonder if I am doing any of this ridiculous thing right? Not the pumpkins — I could care less
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  • Why Your Words Matter Most

    On Tuesday, January 04 th, 2011
    On the brink of a new year, we’re thinking about fresh starts and how do we begin again and how your words matter. Whether you write, speak, or want to connect with the hearts of those you love, this year, The Word in your words can change the world. My friend, Holley Gerth and I
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  • What is Always the First Step, No Matter Where You Are: Where the Best Words Always Come From

    On Tuesday, December 07 th, 2010
    Your words matter. Whether you write, speak, or simply want to connect with the hearts of those you love. My friend, Holley Gerth, and I have been talking and praying about words. How to serve with them. How to use them well. We’re writing our thoughts a series of letters and we’d love for you
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  • The Way to Feed a Hungry Heart:Letters about Serving with Words

    On Tuesday, November 30 th, 2010
    My friend, Holley Gerth, and I have been talking about words and what they mean as we follow the Word made flesh… we invite you, our friends, to a series of letters between friends… Dearest Ann, Thank you for the words you sent my way last week in your first letter—I tucked them away in
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  • 2,001

    On Friday, November 26 th, 2010
    A nd when you wake up one morning and realize you’ve scratched out 2,001 posts, you think today might be the day to just curl up quiet… :: But oh, can I just whisper this? That you’d share a bit of the walk with a messy, broken farm girl? Wildest grace… I read your every
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  • Six Things Every Christian Blogger Must Really Know

    On Tuesday, November 16 th, 2010
    Know the six things every Christian blogger should know? I’m spilling the beans… er… or whatever nervous farmer’s wives spill… in Part 3 of the closing keynote of The Relevant Blogging Conference… over here at (in)courage today... To catch the final six key elements of blogging in the upside down kingdom…. and join the conversation
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  • What is Success? Life in the Upside Down Kingdom (Relevant10 Pt 2)

    On Tuesday, November 09 th, 2010
    What does success look like in the upside down kingdom? What is is success in blogging? in writing? in life? These were questions explored in the closing keynote of Relevant10… what is success? For the the text/audio of Part One of the Closing Keynote of Relevant10 If you’d rather listen, than read the Part 2,
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  • Why Blog? : Being an Upside Down Blogger (Part 1)

    On Tuesday, November 02 nd, 2010
    Many of you asked if you could listen to an actual audio recording of the Closing Keynote of Relevant’10, “Blogging in the Upside Down Kingdom”? Ah, but I’m a blogger, just banging it out and often badly, and speaking makes my neck all blotchy and my knees knock crazy and wouldn’t you know, livestreaming apparently
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  • A Blogger’s Prayer

    On Tuesday, October 26 th, 2010
    T o do things no one else is doing, we can’t do what everyone else is doing and ‎our greatest triumphs in life are always our most solitary ones. : Every great victory begins on the knees. Upside Down blogging, with Jesus increasing and us decreasing, begins with us bowed in prayer over a keyboard…
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  • Blog Relaunch and Redesign: Welcoming the Light Within

    On Thursday, October 21 st, 2010
    When I pack clothes for a trip, I lay out all black, a dress, a pair of pants, a jacket, my boots, and I even ask it aloud standing over the suitcase, “So what does it mean, when you pack all black?” My Mama comes and she saves me and helps makes the big pots
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  • when you want the first step in fixing a broken world

    On Wednesday, September 15 th, 2010
    I don’t know really how to come back to this space. What to write about, what to say, what doesn’t sound flippant, indifferent… negligent. When our Compassion team debriefed on our last night in Guatemala, each of us were asked to share the one image we would take home, share one word picture that encapsulated
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  • Why the Kids Really Need a Little Red Hen Mama

    On Saturday, May 08 th, 2010
    The grain mill whirs loud, crushing a stream of kernels. I stand in the kitchen by an open sack, grinding the wheat to bake the bread, to break the fasts. Since the beginning, since the dawn, this, the work of women, the feeding of children. The sun rises. And I have to ask it straight
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