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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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  • The 1 Infection You Need to Keep Your Soul Well

    On Wednesday, August 21 st, 2013
    For my beautiful friend, Jennifer Rothschild, the words “It is well with my soul” are much more than the lyrics from a familiar hymn; they represent a foundation upon which many life lessons have been learned…in the dark. At the young age of fifteen, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal
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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
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  • When You’re Ready to Wear Who You Really Are

    On Friday, August 16 th, 2013
    You know my amazing friend Priscilla Shirer? She introduced me to her on-fire sister, Chrystal! Chrystal Hurst is a gifted writer, speaker, and worship leader in addition to serving as the chief executive operating officer in her home as a wife and mother of five. She is a self-proclaimed “geek” and bibliovore, who is actively seeking help for her
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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
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