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  • A North American Lent: When You Want to have an Appetite for More of God

    On Thursday, February 27 th, 2014

    She’d say it like she was dying. Nevermind that she’d been saying she was dying for the last 20 some years and yeah, we might have mocked and rolled our eyes. Why didn’t anyone grab our fool shoulders, shake it into us that it’s only the wise who feel time’s sands running right out of them. Grandma Ruth would stand there in the kitchen and say it gravelly, her hands o...

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  • Why Right Now is the Time to Shatter the Myth of ‘Not Enough’

    On Tuesday, February 25 th, 2014

    When he got to the top of that wobbling ladder, he whipped out the pencil from behind his ear and marked an X. Marked an X on the ceiling of the church. And then drilled. The Farmer made this mark and then broke through the ceiling of the church. Broke the ceiling with a hook — so he could hang a frame. Yeah, the pastor and the Farmer spend this evening hanging a couple ...

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  • The Real Secret to Being Healthy: Multivitamins for Your Weekend

    On Saturday, February 22 nd, 2014

    So, the last two days, I’ve been struggling with this hounding fever, this sickness chilling up the underside of bones. And hey, who knows if you pick up something when you walk through slums, when you step over sewage and the bloated bones of who knows what – a dog? a rat? the bones of God? Or maybe you get this sick when you’re sick of your cheap grace th...

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  • How to Put One Foot in Front of the Other

    On Wednesday, November 13 th, 2013

    Some guy I ran into said you should walk through life as though your feet are kissing the earth. I tell him he really shouldn’t use the word should. Yeah, the irony of that is not lost on me. But, hey, neither is the sharp edge of his point: The week that a couple thousands people are washed away by walls of raging water – screaming toddlers with big eyes and wrinkled grand...

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  • When You’re Done with Pundits, Soul Wrestling & Looking at the Sky: {25 Things I learned from staying with Katie Davis}

    On Tuesday, July 02 nd, 2013

    So there was this girl named Katie and she laughed loud and like an angel when someone said she was like Mother Teresa. Threw back her head and laughed loud into the sky. It’s strange how this can move in you, a laughter like this , and how hands can embody love. Katie was 18 when she flew to Uganda. She took Jesus at His Word: Real life is lived on your knees. I was a w...

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  • How to Be Beautiful & Have a Beautiful Home & Life

    On Friday, June 28 th, 2013

    Idon’t know how to say anything after Africa’s red earth has burned into the soles of your feet, except to try to say it hot. All these words are a drum that make feet hardly even tap. But what if you could find a beat that made fireballs fall and hearts catch flame and we flung everything again into the arms of our First Love? What if that? The Esther Generation, we want ...

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  • The Research that Proves You Can Change the World

    On Saturday, June 22 nd, 2013

    From the Front Cover article of Christianity Today this month, June 2013 The academic research that proves with data that child sponsorship works. Compassion was the only child sponsorship program that willingly agreed to having their long-term effectiveness studied — and here are the results from Dr. Bruce Wydick, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco...

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  • A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time

    On Thursday, June 20 th, 2013

    Dear North American Church, After a Sunday morning in Africa, you don’t look the same to me. You look hungry. Hungrier than anything I’ve seen in Africa. Because after I watched that Ugandan woman? That one woman with no shoes and no husband and 7 kids, walk up to the front of the church and put this bag of beans into the basket as her love offering to God – my heart ...

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  • Why You Are Where You Are: For Such a Time as Now

    On Tuesday, June 18 th, 2013

    It’s like the skin of this place is red. Everywhere, red soil sheathes things, like hardly under the surface of Africa’s dirt is her heart. Like you could scratch your toe here and feel the pulse of what’s alive. Everywhere here is a thin place. We drive red roads to meet Anna. We pass bicycles grunting under water jugs, bags stretched taut with cassava. I lean out a...

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  • An Internet Love Story {Part 1} : How to Live Free

    On Monday, June 17 th, 2013

    This is a love story. A woman named Shannon lived in a suburb in Oklahoma and she had Rocks in her Dryer. The year was 2008. On a farm in Canada, I had a lot of lost marbles. And a clinging 3-year-old, very bad hair, 4 farmboys who only got out of ripped jeans on Sunday, and 1 dimpled tomboy who kept sweetly chopping her own bangs all by her herself. I read Shannon at Rocks in ...

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  • With Hearts in our throats — and In His Hands

    On Saturday, June 15 th, 2013

    #FarmGirlsinAfrica have landed. And traveled and traveled and traveled. Including a small 12 seater plane, to northern parts of Uganda. Today is our first day on the ground — hearts in our throats — and In His hands. Love is always our only hope. And hasn’t that always been the answer to every question in life? Not to only know of God’s love, not to only be...

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  • Wanna Come with Us to Africa? #FarmGirlsinAfrica

    On Wednesday, June 12 th, 2013

    Two farm girls — one mama and her girl. Asked to go to Africa for a Compassion Canada film trip. To meet one special little girl. And a girl named Katie who is changing the world with one big heart. Knocking knees. Stomach Knot. Leap of faith. Everlasting Arms underneath. What’s your Mark? Every Moment Counts — Right Where You Are. Pour yourself ou...

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