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  • The Real Root of Brokenness that We Forget to Talk About [or When You Want to Turn Your Life Around]

    On Monday, March 03 rd, 2014

    It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty. The Farmer splits the Word right open then and that’s when I’m ...

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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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  • Don’t Read This. But READ THIS. Because WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THIS would happen?

    On Thursday, February 20 th, 2014

    So there’s this 19-year-old cutter who laid down the blade in her hand and brandished a pen. And Mrs. Stoope, this 78-year-old Michigan grandma who has seven sons, her hair wrapped up in a white bun and has this Bic blue list she’s scrawled in her own hand, numbered now up over 10,000 graces. She always keeps a copy of the book on hand too, Mrs. Stoope who’s handed out ov...

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  • When You’re Desperate for More Than Barely Surviving Your Life

    On Monday, January 20 th, 2014

    On Saturday night when the snow falls large, like feathers from heaven’s tick, I kneel in the muck of the barn and milk a sow. Rub her udder, warm and swollen right heavy round, nudge at the vessel fullness of her, and wait for her drip. Wait for the sticky whiteness of her dripping sweet, the snow piling without a sound on the roof. When I’m bent over her udder wi...

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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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  • 40 Things You Need to Know Before You’re 40 . . . . Letters to a Woman Mid-Way

    On Tuesday, April 30 th, 2013

    Dear Self, Look, you have only got so many days till your midway. Till you’ve heard almost half the morning doves you ever will. Felt the sun on your face half as many chances as you’ll have, laughed half as many times as you’ll ever know — and who knows, maybe most of your God-blessed moments are already passed? So for the holy sake of sanity get off th...

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  • Because His Daughters’ Hearts Beat with His

    On Wednesday, February 27 th, 2013

    I’m still ringing with yesterday’s heart cry: Gratitude has never failed to radicalize the radically grateful  and when you are radically grateful for what you have, you will go to radical lengths to share it and when you’re overwhelmed with the goodness of God to you — you overflow with the goodness of God to others. Fire in the belly can come f...

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  • How Women Can Get Radical For Their Sisters

    On Tuesday, February 26 th, 2013

    When you pick up the garbage in the streets of Minoterie, there’s the sun burning up the back of your bare white neck. And crumpled tin cans and sucked-dry water bags and an AIM toothpaste box and empty rum bottles. And barefoot boys kicking a ball, and boys begging you for just one swallow water, and boys lacing their fingers around your sweaty hand. You can bend down li...

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  • Family Mission Trip #1 (Friday on the Farm)

    On Friday, February 15 th, 2013

    And (I think!) we’re off! Lord willing, we’ll be sharing the God stories in real time as we go with God and stumble and fumble, a bunch of farmers praying for the Harvest? Join in with us on this mission trip?  You’re part of the story with us and we beg prayers and fly with you on the wings of His grace! Lord willing — more on the other s...

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  • When Lent & Valentines Collide: 40 Days of ThanksLoving

    On Wednesday, February 13 th, 2013

    It wasn’t 2 weeks before those 40 days of Lent that he’d turned 40. I’d kissed the old man in the kitchen and his 4 days growth had rubbed me like a matted burr and he’d laughed like a free man and said he’d never expected 40 to feel so young. I had thought we’d celebrate and loose the farm for the first real time. That one of the elders from our motley faith fam...

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  • What is time for but this?

    On Thursday, January 31 st, 2013

    Wildest Grace! And thousands of you most beautiful people all say “Here I am” and become 1000 gifts and the cycle of grace continues on and on and the five little nieces and all us crazy farm folk, we’re bowled over and undone by this unending deluge of birthday cards for Aleeda! From men who say “You’ll get far more eloquent cards but it mat...

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  • What Radical Christianity Looks Like Right Where You Are {Pt. 3}

    On Wednesday, January 30 th, 2013

    You can beat your hard chest over the slaves in night streets. And over women beaten down for her one beautifully snapping mind, and over oppression that crushes the gasping lungs of whole nations. And all your chest banging can sound clang hollow, and I think this over a sink full of crusted pots. The water is hot. And not at all hot enough. And where do you find the blasted t...

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