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  • How the Hidden Dangers of Comparison are Killing Us … {and Our Daughters} : The Measuring Stick Principle

    On Wednesday, November 06 th, 2013
    When our Hope-girl came in and sat at the foot of our bed, I knew she was looking for a way to stand. “So what am I supposed to do now?” I gathered her long hair in my hands, gathered her mane all in one long strand and twisted it slow, around and around, as
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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
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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
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  • IF: You are Hungry for Something More

    On Monday, October 14 th, 2013
    Sometimes you wanna go where no one knows your name or cares about names — but they know the contours of your soul. Somewhere where no one cares who anyone’s name is, or what letters they have behind it or if it’s been in big lights. But they care where you’ve been and where you’re
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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
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  • When You’re Missing being Loved

    On Monday, October 07 th, 2013
    ‘Each wheat head is full this year —- large. Like that year when you were in France.” He pulls out a long, slender stalk — shows me the wheat kernels filled out right to the end. France? The wheat, out past the barn and to the north, it sways in mid-summer’s wind. Heads bowed, the
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  • When You’re Missing Hope

    On Thursday, October 03 rd, 2013
    The earth’s cold under the finger nails. I dig holes with a wedge of steel and around fringes of the domed sky, the clouds scud gray. Dad had called first thing in the morning: if I had anything to do outside, today looked like the last day. Might be the last warm day to dig in
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  • When Your life Feels Like a bit of a Puzzle

    On Monday, September 30 th, 2013
    I crack the eggs and the pan sizzles and there’s a kid hanging upside down off the couch, trying to knit a scarf. “Remember to use the plastic spatula and not the steel one, Mama? Remember what Dad said?” And her curls are all hanging down touching the floor and she’s doing a row of
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  • For All the World’s Children: Why We Need First-Responders, the Purple-Hearted, and the Brave

    On Wednesday, September 11 th, 2013
    You talk with a police offer on your last Sunday. Your last Sunday still living at home —  after the Preacher had said his Amen 10 minutes before noon, you walk up to one of the guys milling around with these smooth stones of small talk out in the chapel foyer – and you up
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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
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  • The Right Question to Ask on Your Hard Days . . . and the Answer

    On Wednesday, August 28 th, 2013
    My beautiful friend, Joni Eareckson Tada, has spoken words into my life that have forever changed me — and countless others around the world. Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, an organization that accelerates Christian outreach in the disability community, Joni is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Heaven, Joni, Diamonds in the
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  • 10 Ways to be a Happier Person

    On Thursday, August 22 nd, 2013
    10 Ways to be a Happier Person     1. Life is not an emergency. Life’s a gift. Just. Slow. Down.   2. Now is not a forever grace but amazing grace. Do whatever it takes to wake to wonder right here.   3. Sometimes the slowest way is the fastest way to joy. Make
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