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  • How Your Life Really Can Change [and what to do when change comes]

    On Thursday, July 24 th, 2014

    Audio for this post: if you’d like to listen to today’s post — just click above on the arrow (not the text) for  an audio recording of this farm girl reading today’s post — and then scroll through the post?  {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} The kid went to get a big machete. A year an...

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  • How You Can Do One Small Thing Today To Make one BIG Difference: #EstherGeneration

    On Tuesday, June 24 th, 2014

    A year ago this week, my daughter Hope and I were in Uganda where we fell in love with our sisters there. The other half of the sky. We met young women like Lillian in the video below, born on that red dirt, who desperately need those of us with gifts to share those gifts. You, her, here, us —  for such a time as this. There is a whole generation, the Esther Generation, ...

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  • A bit of Instructions on How to Live a Good Life: How to be an Artist, a Parent, a Creative, a Dreamer

    On Monday, June 23 rd, 2014

    So you asked how? I’ve been thinking about your question, the one you asked the other day, about how — how to be an artist, a mother, a creative, about how to live your life? I don’t know much. And there’s a lot more than just this. But maybe it’s a bit of how Mary Oliver put it: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell About It. And some...

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  • Half the Sky: When You’re Ready to ACT to Bring All Girls Back: The Esther Initiative

    On Wednesday, May 07 th, 2014

    So the guy with white hair spoke under half the sky, spoke under a flinging of stars. Spoke like he was made up of some star-dust from the Star-breather, some cosmic flame burning up his bones. Like he was a wide-eyed kid who caught a bit of a comet and lit. The lady beside me smiled wide like she caught that comet’s tale. She called him Louie. Her Louie stood there in front ...

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  • Why It’s All Okay at the end of the Week

    On Friday, April 04 th, 2014

    When I get home, the Farmer shows me these three stapled pages sent from the vet. A to-do list the length of your arm of what has to be done to protect all the pigs from some new disease. He talks in low tones, but I am really listening to what his eyes are saying. These three pages of protocols have to be done immediately. The Farmer pulls me close. His T-shirt smells li...

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  • What We’ve Got to Tell Kids About Living Extraordinary

    On Monday, March 31 st, 2014

    So yeah, you won’t likely find it making the headlines of People Magazine. But that shouldn’t stop real people from really knowing. Marjorie Knight told me when I was nine. She turned to me while we were hulling a heap of strawberries over her sink, and her white hair caught all this afternoon light and her gravelly voice rolled over those words like smoothened stones: R...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Draft an Ideal Day & Get New Habits Down {Free Daily Planner}

    On Monday, January 13 th, 2014

    Good thing every dawn is Day One. Because it’s the third week of January. You know —  when the rubber meets the road, when the glossy on the resolutions begins to chip off like flaking nail polish, when things  get, oh — just plain ol’ hard. The Farmer wraps his arm around me in the early morning dark. “Hear it?” He whispers the words close...

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  • A Grace Plan: A Doable Life-Change Plan for a New Year, A New You: With Printable

    On Tuesday, December 31 st, 2013

    So I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.  So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than yours, and make a place for it on...

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