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  • How to Have What all Our Breaking Hearts Want Most this Father’s Day

    On Friday, June 13 th, 2014

    I sat with a man once – who told me about falling in love with a woman who was most alluring not in satin but in sweats, her hair undone and falling, laughing about something long ago, her head thrown back and her neck arching bare and lovely. That he couldn’t take his eyes off her when she was like that, vulnerable and unmasked, and maybe that’s what beauty is, the b...

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  • When Your Life Feels Messy …. the Real Truth About Your Dirt

    On Monday, May 19 th, 2014

    When he walks through the kitchen with his hair showered clean but his face looking like that, I just have to laugh. “What?” he says. “Really, I showered, Mom, I did.” Levi stands indignant, hands on hip, and I nod half serious. “You showered?” “Yes, Mom! It’s only my clothes that are dirty.” He’s been picking stones ...

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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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  • 15 Keys to Parenting: What No One Tells You

    On Tuesday, April 01 st, 2014

    So when you curled up on my bed last night and we watched The Power of Ten — nothing could have prepared me for the exponential power of the broken bits of us. Of you four boys and two girls. And your dad and I letting go and becoming one and multiplying love at the kitchen sink with the burnt pots stacked high and you kids scrapping and scraping hard and we all bled a bit ev...

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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 Secret You Have to Know About You & That Thing You’re Going Through

    On Tuesday, March 25 th, 2014

    Dear Daughter, I know it seems the unbelievable impossible— but really — it’s going to happen one day to you too. Turns out you can blink and find your mother’s very words rolling right there off the tip of your tongue. True Story. So hear me out on this, okay? (I know, I know — How in the world does it turn out that you become your mother and really, how do her words...

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  • The 1 Thing You Have To Stop Doing If You Ever Want a Harvest [#JesusProject]

    On Wednesday, March 19 th, 2014

    This is the 8th instalment of our ongoing Wednesday series, unpacking the #JesusProject…. Today: John 4:35 of #TheJesusProject “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, & see that the fields are white for harvest.”   The kid went but there was no way he was sticking up his hands. Not the first night anyways. He kept those hands of his drilled deep into h...

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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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  • How to Live when Life Just Hurts [#TheJesusProject3]

    On Thursday, January 30 th, 2014

    The logic took on skin. The Logos, the Logic, the Word, the Lord, moved right into the neighbourhood, moved right on into the house. What are the chances that He’d get right up under my skin? An old girl can hope? Pray? Both. Both would be good. They say a bunch of them have seen His glory. But I’m the girl you can count on to be out-of-fashion late, the one who for...

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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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