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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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  • How to Move Forward into the New Year… when you feel like you failed the last year

    On Monday, December 30 th, 2013

    How Maggie Pluim knew to ask that question, I’ll never know. Grace has it’s unending ways. True, I had told her straight up that I had no intention of showing up for the church’s annual New Year’s Eve party with Marian Brubacher’s caramel popcorn and Viola Gingerich’s raspberry punch and Mr. Vaness’ countless rounds of Dutch Blitz. R...

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  • The One Way You Can Keep Opening the Presents
    [a story in photos]

    On Friday, December 27 th, 2013

    So it came and went and she didn’t get it all done. And the basement was a mess and two of the boys got into a squabble and there was no ham, only soup, and somebody slammed a door — hard. And she’d smiled thinly… and then smiled relief. The One coming to the manger, is the Messiah who assures you: It. Is. Finished. He came to d...

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  • The Christmas Tree that Blew Our Minds… & Hearts

    On Thursday, December 26 th, 2013

    I haven’t the faintest clue who noticed it first. Maybe it was Levi, when he got clocked in the side of the head by one of the limbs when he was just trying to get to his seat at the table. “Um…. why is this tree growing out?” He’s rubbing his head like he’s trying to start a fire, like he’s searching for an epiphany that won’t blow out. (November ...

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  • The Shortest, Surest Way to All Happiness

    On Wednesday, November 27 th, 2013

    As stoves are turned on for feasts, as thanks to God is quietly offered up to God from all over the world, as kids print out and put up their own thanksgiving trees or Christmas trees, as homes and families prepare for a season of holi-days, holy-days, and the music is turned on low in the background – from the classic, of old theologian, William Law, (1...

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