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  • Why You Really Matter: An Anthem for Women

    On Monday, February 10 th, 2014

    The gorgeous woman that had stood up there on stage with the microphone? Yeah, she hikes up the side of her shirt to show the whole crowd of us how her white thigh spills thick over the elasticized waist of her pants. And I’m sitting there wanting to know what Jesus thinks of women. “I’ve been rejected all of my life because of my size.“ That’s wh...

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  • The Number 1 Way to Really Find Your Real Self

    On Thursday, October 31 st, 2013

    … as this #31Days series, Missing Him, draws to a close — something a bit different, just for today, to put us in a vertical space with Him. There’s this prayer to Him….there is just the beginning: Wherever I am, I’ll be all here, because You are I AM . You fill the present moment with Your grace, the only air not toxic to breathe. You fil...

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  • When You’re Missing Hope

    On Thursday, October 03 rd, 2013

    The earth’s cold under the finger nails. I dig holes with a wedge of steel and around fringes of the domed sky, the clouds scud gray. Dad had called first thing in the morning: if I had anything to do outside, today looked like the last day. Might be the last warm day to dig in bulbs, before autumn begins her blustery, muddy wrestle. I’d nodded. Yes, Dad. Bulbs, to...

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  • When you sort of feel like you don’t belong

    On Wednesday, May 29 th, 2013

    Someone has to be that Mother. That mother who drives a full 3 hours to the border with a packed mini-van and anxious kids and creeps through a 20 minute traffic backup under the hot, beating sun, only to rifle through her wallet and look up feebly to tell the custom’s officer she doesn’t have birth certificates for 2 of her children. So that would be me. “...

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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 up, he had a whole field worked up and half a ton of dirt ground into his jeans. By sun down...

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  • What We All Need to Really Breathe

    On Tuesday, November 13 th, 2012

    Six times my mama lies in ER this past week, waiting news. Good doctors can have degrees and no answers. My sister gives up long days and advocates on knees and in waiting rooms and Mama and her, they sing hymns and drown out clocks and fears. I rub Mama’s feet during the short nights and the late watches. I massage the bare weary arch of her feet and I tell her that I...

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  • How to Make Any Place Happy

    On Wednesday, October 24 th, 2012

    And after 11 years here, we paint the walls white, all the walls white, right over the shades of softest green, because in the beginning I wanted a cocoon and now I just want clean, the quiet of clean. Because if you’re saying the average nowadays family has two kids? And we have three times the average with these ridiculous six—  then you multiply the age of these...

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  • The Truth about Really Having it All

    On Friday, September 21 st, 2012

    I t was after the waves. After the waves of contractions, after the waves of blow out diapers and wet nursing pads that leaked through the let downs and the damp spit blankets that piled high at the bedroom door. Long after the waves of colic at 3 am and the 4:30 am crying, both the swaddled and terrified toddler, and the sleepless nights in that faded worn flannel that bl...

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  • Why You Really May Need to be Done with Safe: Being a Dangerous Disciple of the Unsafe God

    On Thursday, June 07 th, 2012

    My Gran, she’s taking slow walks outside the hospital now. Her heart’s growing stronger, beating certain. I wash down the cupboards in the kitchen. I pray for Gran’s heart attack recovery, for each step she keeps taking, ninety-one and frail-boned and Irish-determined. Life’s a risk and maybe she’s stronger than I am, accepting each heart beat, ea...

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  • How to be glad: Friday on the Farm

    On Friday, April 13 th, 2012

      “David said it all: I saw God before me for all time. Nothing can shake me; He’s right by my side. I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; … with Your face shining sun-joy all around.“   ~ Acts 2:28 MSG   See Him before you all the time — and have the happiest Friday, friend! Related Post: if you’d li...

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  • when you are looking for His steadying hand

    On Thursday, March 29 th, 2012

    That is what came at the end. At the end of the day, after the pots soaked in the sink and the books and the remnants of the day stacked high in baskets. After she washed the eggs and threaded that needle for her mama doing up mending. After the raucous and rowdy finally stilled and the pansies drowsed heavy out under that Big  Dipper swinging high. That is...

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  • The 1 Reason Why You have to Slow Down

    On Monday, March 19 th, 2012

    We hear them far off in the woods, just as the sun sinks further down. And I stop. Because who doesn’t stop when the world slips up behind and surprises you? So we stand there and listen long and neither one of us can stop smiling and I almost forget to breathe. The frogs have returned, the frogs and their song.  Why does the trilling in the throat of a frog do thi...

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