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  • Only the Good Stuff: Crazy Happy Multivitamins for Your Weekend

    On Saturday, March 01 st, 2014

    Quietly tucked on the side of this mountain? Ahhh, Be still and know – Because who doesn’t need some reuniting in our lives? {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} They’ve got brain studies to prove what babies really do to me?  Saturday morning Exhale {Consider turning off music by clicking t...

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  • [After the SuperBowl]
    Why It’s Good to Think About Losing This Week (Because This is How You Win)

    On Monday, February 03 rd, 2014

    In the middle of a stiff winter wind, she asks to go to the beach. That’s where she says she wants to celebrate the turning of her calendar year. To stand on the frozen snow and turn her face directly into whatever is coming this way. We’re the only ones there. Nothing can mean nothing, and everything means something. Yes — everything. We walk the long boardwalk, o...

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  • Why November is Statistically the Hardest Month —
    and how to beat it:

    On Friday, November 01 st, 2013

    So according to the guys in lab coats with thick glasses –  they say November is the month of the year that depression is most likely to spike. Most likely to spike and prick hard and deflate everything unexpectedly. About the middle of the month, they say — right before Thanksgiving. Clouds can press low in November, the dark underbelly of things pressing to close...

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  • Missing Him: 31 Days of Calling on Jesus

    On Tuesday, October 01 st, 2013

    Sometimes you miss home. Even when you’re home. Sometimes you miss Him. Even when He’s everywhere. And your heart hurts a bit for more… and homesickness aches some days at the edges … and you’re tired of Missing Him. Missing Him in the hurry that hurts, missing Him in the blur that blinds, missing Him in the noise that drowns. What if there were ...

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  • How to Make August Amazing: The Real Science of Happy

    On Thursday, August 01 st, 2013

    {Print August’s Joy Dare} {Just through Friday, save 50%off One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are @ Christianbook.com} Just hit 1000 gifts in my journal! It is transforming my thinking … my being!  {Jill S} Thank you for making the Joy Dare Collection of monthly gift available to print. I keep the current month next to my phon...

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  • What an Easter Monday Faith Looks Like

    On Monday, April 01 st, 2013

    ‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair – We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!’ ~ John Paul II ‘All new life comes out of the dark places, and hasn’t it always been? Out of darkness, God spoke forth creation. That wheat round and ripe across all these fields, they swelled as hope embryos in womb of the black earth. Out o...

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  • Daring Greatly to Live Fully — Right Where You Are

    On Monday, March 18 th, 2013

    When Monday gets caught in your teeth like a piece of spinach, the crazy thing is you could dare to laugh  — it gets things unstuck. You know how it goes — Laugh or die. A joyful heart is good medicine, not just a good platitude. You could — you could dare not to take yourself so seriously; dare to take yourself as Beloved. Dare to not to give yourself...

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  • How to Make This Month Amazing {Video}

    On Friday, March 01 st, 2013

    What you know by heart — is what your heart really knows. And the crazy things is, right at the first of the month: what the heart knows by heart is all that can calm a heart. Direct a heart. Strengthen a heart. So I’m thinking: What does a heart know by heart?   So March blows in —  and this heart here stammers out a recitation of Romans 1:1-17 of The Roma...

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  • Blessed December! Joy Dare! And 10 Wondrous Links for Your Advent Weekend

    On Saturday, December 01 st, 2012

    10 Wondrous Links for Your Advent Weekend 1. This quiet simple fun today with the kids… 2. and this will take 2 minutes and will make you smile so, really, why not? Instant grace-decoration! 3. This really might work — I want to try! 4. Doing at least one of these — and we’re writing it on the calendar for this advent…  Which one did your fa...

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  • Happy August! Best Way to Begin:

    On Wednesday, August 01 st, 2012

    Really — Take the crazy Joy Dare! Print it out for the fridge {and the kids} : use these prompts to give thanks for these gifts from God. Why bother? It’s habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you and when thanks to God becomes a habit, so joy in God becomes your life. Maybe a life needs change over and over again — that constant tu...

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  • when you’re somehow missing your true homeland

    On Monday, July 02 nd, 2012

    After such a week as last week, I’m feeling very small and quiet and I’ve slipped away to the woods with the Farmer and kids. We are resting in Him, letting Him revive us deep, laughing together and tasting and knowing it again — the goodness of God.  So while the cat’s away, the mice will play and while we’re away, some remarkable friends will pl...

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  • weekends are for a thousand little things

    On Saturday, June 02 nd, 2012

    ‘For millions of Christians…God is no more real than He is to the non-Christian. They go through life trying to love an ideal and be loyal to a mere principle. Over against all this cloudy vagueness stands the clear scriptural doctrine that God can be known in personal experience. A loving Personality dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and...

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