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  • Why You Really Have to Keep Falling in Love

    On Wednesday, April 09 th, 2014

    Stay in love. I tell the girl that in a hardly voice, the kind of voice that comes from a primal place. Though, truth be told, she tells me she doesn’t know if she had ever found that love place in the first place — which, yeah, makes it relatively hard to stay in love. “I don’t think I’ve ever loved Jesus. So I don’t know what it means to stay in love w...

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  • Why You Need the Unlikely Principle of Ruby Worship [#TheJesusProject]

    On Wednesday, March 12 th, 2014

    as our ongoing Wednesday unpacking of #TheJesusProject…. today: John 4:23-24 of #TheJesusProject   Yeah, my Daddy might say otherwise, but we all got altars. His own daddy gave him this ring, a busted up, dirtied thing. And he tossed it in the back of some sticking old drawer. Didn’t think it’s worth much of anything. But there are things in a life that he did s...

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  • The One Big Question Today is Really Asking You [And Your Answer Changes Your Life] [#JesusProject]

    On Wednesday, March 05 th, 2014

    So the plumber guy says he won’t have time to get the mudroom sink in today. The pipes, yeah, he can do that — but not the sink. Says he’s got church, got to be there at 10:30 or thereabouts. The Farmer hangs up the phone. “Plumber says he’ll have to do the sink later in the week? Guess there’s something happening on a Wednesday morning at the plumber’s church?”...

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  • The 5 Words Guaranteed to Change Your Life: #DWHTY [#JesusProject 5]

    On Wednesday, February 12 th, 2014

    Somebody sure got old Marjorie Knight’s name plain wrong. I’m the geeky toothpick-kid from one farm over. Standing there in Miss Marjorie’s aged kitchen smelling of wood stove and rising bread, and you could outline her silhouette there in the window over the sink, her running the water — how she looked like a stone polished perfect. You could see how th...

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  • How to Get Through Snowmaggedon & Everything Else that’s Burying You

    On Wednesday, February 05 th, 2014

    ‘Look, the only guys that watch the radar like this are the guys who fly.” “And the guys who farm.” Yeah, okay, I’ll give you that — I nudge him — farmers and the flying guys always watching the sky. The Farmer sitting there in his worn-out Wranglers and tattered t-shirt looks up from The Weather Network and that radar swirling across the screen like ...

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  • Only the Good Stuff: Sharing the Joy this Weekend

    On Saturday, January 18 th, 2014

    Golden hour across the world – stunning photos “Ask God to help you let your light shine.” Just nothing less than amazing in this post “We hope one day our expectations of her, as a society, are more limitless than limited.” Beautiful words from a father on the life of his daughter … Absolutely unforgettable. The kids and I were w...

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  • The #1 Organizing Secret that No One Tells You — That Can Change Everyone’s Life

    On Wednesday, January 15 th, 2014

    Just after midnight, I’m standing there in the kitchen swigging back a bit of a bottle. The house that looks like a stampede of wild horses had rode through mad sometime after dinner. I have no idea why there are several splayed dolls, tangled balls of yarn and the innards of some mechanical car remains strewn across the living room floor  — with a gentle dusting of al...

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  • Scripture Memorization for the Rest of Us: The Jesus Project #MemoryProject2014 *UPDATED: Printable Bookmark with List of Verses

    On Monday, January 06 th, 2014

    When in Rome… yeah, that…. When in Rome, do as the Romans. 2013 was this slippery year of that — living in Romans, doing as Romans. The Farmer and I would crawl into bed, bone tired and hurting, lay there murmuring phrases of Romans 1 to each other… “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God… &#...

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  • How to Get through Life’s Hard Parts (Video)

    On Friday, April 05 th, 2013

    When the notes keep coming out all wrong, Hope looks up from the piano. “Is that what she said? Didn’t she say play only the left?” Yeah, that’s what she’d said, I had heard her — that willowy piano adjudicator who’d tucked a loose strand of mouse brown hair behind her one bending ear and she had said that it goes like that, that y...

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  • The 1 Thing Radical Really Definitely Has to Look Like — Right Where We Are

    On Friday, March 15 th, 2013

    No one just straight up tells you that the things you’ve seen — become what you see. That you’ll close your eyes a thousand nights from now and it will all be real again — where you were and what they wore, that one look, that one moment, that one frame. That you’ll see the world through what you’ve seen of the world and there’s no goi...

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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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  • The Big Reveal: What Faith is, from First to Last

    On Tuesday, February 19 th, 2013

    So…(!)  since one of the kids sprained an ankle while serving here at Mission of Hope Haiti, we’ll catch up here again tomorrow with a Haiti family missions trip post, and let Liz Curtis Higgs , my heart sister who has jumped into our The Romans Project with us, slip up onto the farm porch with these heart strengthening words….Liz is the humble, wise (and fu...

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