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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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  • 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 Mantra that Everybody, Every Family & Every Kid Needs

    On Wednesday, July 31 st, 2013
    We need folks who love wrestling with hard questions about young people, pinning down practical answers for parents like us. Given how many parents are heartbroken by their kids’ drift from Jesus, I’m thrilled that Kara Powell and the team at the Fuller Youth Institute equip parents and kids to live out the lifelong faith
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  • How to Live Through Anything: The Fish Principle

    On Monday, July 29 th, 2013
    When I get to her door, it’s after 6:30 and dawn’s breaking rays down rows of the cornfields and I’m already late. Mama’s got a note on her front door that reads in a black scrawl, “Welcome! Come on round. We’re out on the back deck!” Every other Saturday we meet when dawn breaks the
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  • When Your Spirit Hungers: How to Be Done With Worry

    On Thursday, July 25 th, 2013
    We are created with a Spirit Hunger that longs for God.  Is it possible to turn worry into belief, and heartache into the rhythm of intimate prayer?  In her book and Bible study, Spirit Hunger, author and speaker Gari Meacham came to the stark realization that her prayer life and belief needed to match. Her guest post today on
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  • What to Do When You May or May Not be a Control Freak

    On Thursday, July 18 th, 2013
    Simply put, author and pastor Mark Buchanan is one of my all time favorite writers. His insights into Scripture, the way he turns a phrase, his keen perspective — never fail to startle and astonish. I have been reading his words for the last decade and am always famished for more. I quietly invited Mark
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  • Why Your Kids don’t Need a SuperMama

    On Tuesday, July 16 th, 2013
    When one of the boys pulls off his Sunday shoes, the filthy ones ridiculously still clinging to “Sunday Shoes” status, he catches my eye and grins like he’s swallowed a canary. “So I only wore one sock to church.” What are you going to do but laugh with the grinning kid? Yeah, I am that
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  • When You’re Done with Pundits, Soul Wrestling & Looking at the Sky: {25 Things I learned from staying with Katie Davis}

    On Tuesday, July 02 nd, 2013
    So there was this girl named Katie and she laughed loud and like an angel when someone said she was like Mother Teresa. Threw back her head and laughed loud into the sky. It’s strange how this can move in you, a laughter like this , and how hands can embody love. Katie was 18
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  • When You Want to Live Your Best Life?

    On Thursday, June 27 th, 2013
    ‘Idon’t have much time left, really.” My father’s voice on the other end of the line reminds me of my grandfather’s. It’s been nearly ten years since I heard that voice. I’m making beds. I can see Dad at his breakfast table. “At best, maybe fifteen years. I’m on my last chapter.” He pauses and
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  • What All Mamas {and Us} Need to Thrive This Summer

    On Monday, June 10 th, 2013
    Back then I said I’d never be like him. I slammed doors to punctuate the point and to make sure my dad knew it. You can be tall and 15 and think you know a lot of things. And you don’t think about growing old and looking squishy around the middle and telling teenagers to
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  • When strong mamas feel quite weak

    On Tuesday, May 28 th, 2013
    I’ve sat with this Mama and laughed till my side hurt. And I’ve squeezed her hand tight and prayed for all we are worth. We’ve stayed up too late talking and we’ve bent over Scripture and asked to be poured right out. Lysa TerKeurst, mama to 5, is a Jesus-sister who is real and honest
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