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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 day open. We bring Bibles. We are four, one Linda, who is my mama and her name me...

  • 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 the farm porch is grace… I have sle...

  • 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 today to the farm’s front porch — and his words here are ...

  • 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 Mom… Yeah, after 18 years, there it is: I have be...

  • 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 when she flew to Uganda. She took Jesus at His Word: Real life is lived on your knees. I was a w...

  • 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 I let the empty space beckon answers. Grandpa died at...

  • 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 just turn out the lights. You don’t think about how you can open your mouth and let the sh...

  • 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 and stunningly gifted of God — and when she speaks from the grit...

  • When You Sort of Feel Like You’re Drowning

    On Thursday, May 23 rd, 2013

    It came after a week of rain. After she driven home through the rain, watched the rain come across fields. It’d ponded between rows. It had sheeted and ponded and thrummed the hood of the pick-up like the drumming of everything thrown at her, everything coming down that never stopped, and all the fields along the 4th line, they had flooded. There were soggy towels on ...

  • When you’re wondering: How God Feels About Storms?

    On Tuesday, May 21 st, 2013

    When the guy on the screen says that he could hear the cries of children underneath the rubble, his voice starts to crack and how in the world does anything stand in a world like this? How do you just put a jug of milk out on the table on a Tuesday and stand there watching your kids eat breakfast, light in their hair, the sky hanging outside the window like a potential Behemot...

  • How to Live Through the Really Hard Storms

    On Monday, May 20 th, 2013

    {because my heart is with all the folks living through all kinds of bad storms this spring…} ‘If God really works in everything — then why don’t we thank Him for everything?” She asks me this straight out. My daughter, Hope, and I, we sit in the truck on the field’s hem, waiting to give the Farmer his lunch. The Farmer’s planting bean seeds into ea...

  • Why Mother’s Day is for the Birds

    On Friday, May 10 th, 2013

    Because I ain’t no Hallmark mother – and none of us are, if we’re really truth-telling here. If we’re honest– and what else is there really — there were burnt dinners and yelling mornings and neck strained words over lost shoes and scattered Legos and unfinished homework and there were crumpled tears behind bathroom doors. Not to mention t...

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