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  • What We & Our Kids Need to Know About the Work – Life Balance & How to Thrive

    On Tuesday, August 12 th, 2014
    Our Miz Hope-girl, she kicked me out of the kitchen, out of the house, while she made the cake. While the girl grinds up flour, I go out to wheat fields. Ride a few rounds with the kid in the tractor. While he tells me about all the mistakes he made, tells me about how
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  • What No One Tells You About Fear & Comfort Zones & How To Change. the. World. [Final Update: Saturday Evening]

    On Saturday, August 09 th, 2014
    **[Final Update (!!)  at bottom of Post!] click below if you’d like to listen to the audio reading of this post? You can fold laundry, wash dishes, whip up dinner, and I’ll just read to you, ‘kay? We’re all about making it easier & doing life together here (warm smile)  {Consider turning off music by
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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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  • When You’re Desperate for More Than Barely Surviving Your Life

    On Monday, January 20 th, 2014
    On Saturday night when the snow falls large, like feathers from heaven’s tick, I kneel in the muck of the barn and milk a sow. Rub her udder, warm and swollen right heavy round, nudge at the vessel fullness of her, and wait for her drip. Wait for the sticky whiteness of her dripping sweet,
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  • Ending the Stealing of Thanksgiving: A Parable

    On Monday, November 25 th, 2013
    So there once was this Farmer. Yeah, he could have been an electrician, a mechanic, a vet — and a story like this could have easily been about a salesman, a mother, a nurse, a teacher, a trucker because we’re all kin with stories that are kind of the same and we’re all the same
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  • 3 Ways of Finding Fulfillment– No Matter What You’re Facing

    On Wednesday, October 30 th, 2013
    So maybe the way to still be left standing at the end of the day, when you get to the end of everything, is to never stop breaking free from the fences of noise, to love the expanses of solitude that you carry on the inside, because the truth of it is that stillness with God
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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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  • 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 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
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  • 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
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  • Simply 3 Words For Every Day

    On Wednesday, May 15 th, 2013
    He’d set the alarm for 1 AM on a Monday morning because sometimes a man has to do what he has to do. He’d slept the rest of a Farmer on the Lord’s Day. Then hauled to the fields in the pitch dark just as soon as Monday feebly birthed. Before that sun finally dragged
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