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  • Ending the Stealing of Thanksgiving: A Parable

    On Monday, November 25 th, 2013

    So there once was this Farmer. Yeah, he could have been an electrician, a mechanic, a vet — and a story like this could have easily been about a salesman, a mother, a nurse, a teacher, a trucker because we’re all kin with stories that are kind of the same and we’re all the same kind of different. So, yeah, there once was this Farmer — and the guy knew dirt. He had dirt....

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  • How to Get Through When You Want to Give Up

    On Friday, November 22 nd, 2013

    from Desiring God president, and author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith,  Jon Bloom: Jon Bloom’s post last week: “Grumbling is a symptom of a myopic soul. Selfishness has caused tunnel vision and has fixated on a craving(s). Grumbling is evidence of soul-vision impairment. Gratitude is a symptom of a healthy, expansive soul. ...

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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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  • Why the Best Response to Life, the Holidays, Anything is: Yada, Yada, Yada

    On Monday, November 11 th, 2013

    ‘Whatever.” The Wednesday morning before turkey and pie and black Friday flyers, I wake up to this smothering of fog and this teen muttering it through the kitchen: “Whatever.” And what do you say but that’s not quite the way to start off the day, and he shrugs his shoulders and slams the bathroom door behind him, and I get it. It’s there ...

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  • Why Thanksgiving is Subversive {and How to Have the Best Thanksgiving Yet}

    On Monday, November 04 th, 2013

    Mama can kick leaves in the woods like she’s tearing back the crumpled paper wrapped over the surface of things. She walks with a stick. She dragged it out from under some maple saplings. And then she pins that trail under her right down. Like there’s no loud and flippant way she’s letting anything make her miss the now right under her, no way that that now could just up ...

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  • The Number 1 Way to Really Find Your Real Self

    On Thursday, October 31 st, 2013

    … as this #31Days series, Missing Him, draws to a close — something a bit different, just for today, to put us in a vertical space with Him. There’s this prayer to Him….there is just the beginning: Wherever I am, I’ll be all here, because You are I AM . You fill the present moment with Your grace, the only air not toxic to breathe. You fil...

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  • What Everyone Wants More Than Anything Else:
    Let the Blessing Revolution Begin

    On Monday, October 28 th, 2013

    So the boy flicks on the light at 4:30 am and whispers it ridiculously loud, “Mom? Apple Crumble? Am I going to get apple crumble before I go or not?” Yeah, sure thing. Apple crumble at 4:30 am. Definitely, boy. I’m on it. Because that was the deal and I was the one who lost the deal, so c’mon, roll like a barrel over the Falls and get yourself outta bed, girl. ...

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  • How to Practice the Presence of God {pt. 1}

    On Tuesday, October 08 th, 2013

    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?}   That’s the way it goes — It can all keep coming like tidal waves – the hours like this pounding, relentless surf that keeps slamming you, that just keeps wearing you down. It’s strange: it only takes this one purposed moment to step back from the edg...

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  • Why You Never Stop Being Needed

    On Friday, September 06 th, 2013

    The plan was supposed to be that we would take him west. That he’d turn 18 and go west. That we’d pack up his room, his dog-earred G.A. Henty books, that thinning and scratchy red wool blanket of my grandmother that’s laid at the foot of his bed, the oiled painting that he was given from those mothers up in the mountains of Haiti, and his fading jeans and plaid shirt. And...

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  • The Horse Principle: 1 Truth that Will Get You Through the Hard Days Again & Again

    On Monday, August 19 th, 2013

    When that window shattered into 7 billion pieces, a sliver stuck my heart and maybe a sliver is all we ever have? It wasn’t so much that our farm boy had turned the tractor too sharp. It wasn’t that he’d backed the tractor into the auger of the wagon hitched behind him. It wasn’t even so much that the steel auger had slammed into the full window of the tractor — e...

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  • When You are Broken: The Now-Traumatic Disorder of Everyday Life

    On Thursday, August 08 th, 2013

    They sell anti-aging cream to women like us. And Spanx. And glossy checkout line headliners that splay this shock that over 40-something women can still startlingly turn heads — as if having no wrinkle lines in your skin is somehow an accomplishment of galactic proportions and worthy of worship – and you can just be emptying your cart in checkout #6 and end up feeling more ...

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  • When You feel Like You Never Belong …

    On Friday, July 19 th, 2013

    That was it : That for all her yearning to belong – What she wanted was someone to long to be with her. … Belonging wasn’t about some club, or cool clique, or country — belonging was about Christ. Who never stopped longing to be with her…   So no matter how many days she felt lost in her  own skin, no matter how she struggled for breath in he...

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