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  • How Your Life Really Can Change [and what to do when change comes]

    On Thursday, July 24 th, 2014
    Audio for this post: if you’d like to listen to today’s post — just click above on the arrow (not the text) for  an audio recording of this farm girl reading today’s post — and then scroll through the post?  {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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 —
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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