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  • How to Cure Burn Out

    On Tuesday, January 14 th, 2014

    So this rabid symphony lover invites me to a concert, a box seat, up over the orchestra. It’s cold. Chicago in January. The violinists warm up. The whole northern hemisphere keeps trying to warm up. From anywhere in the building, you can see the guy up front, the conductor. Somebody’s ironed his black threads pretty smooth. His hair – not so much. It’s this perfect...

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  • The Most Important Skill that Your 2014 Really Needs

    On Thursday, January 02 nd, 2014

    Spun.  Some guy with a mullet and loud voice had lobbed that one word my way back before the 21st century. In all his 1989 wisdom, he had flicked his feathered hair back and snorted over a soggy cheeseburger in our hick town high school cafeteria and said “Yeah, that girl is right spun.“ 2014 dawns 25 years later. Marty McFly isn’t supposed to show up until...

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  • Why the Future is Bright: A Year in Photos

    On Wednesday, January 01 st, 2014

    From calendar page to calendar page, the moments are our lives and the years are blinks. And she stood at the sink and looked back at the year just past…. And in a circle of days, all things being from Him and through Him and to Him, she smiled brave. Looking back, it had been hard and it had been beauti...

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  • Come Rest

    On Sunday, December 22 nd, 2013

      Praying that the video devotional for the fourth Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the Love candle will be posted this morning, Lord willing?   ahhh, yes…. “Rest here and be happy. Rest happy as only children can be happy in the days before Christmas. Rest happy and love this story of a coming King who prepares the downtrodden for Christmas by becomi...

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  • Dear Kids: What You Need to Know About Duck Dynasty, Justine Sacco, and Christmas

    On Saturday, December 21 st, 2013

    Dear Kids, Saw one of you boys sitting here in a messy house last night, reading a book by the light of the Christmas tree. Reading words. My heart about burst.  A guy I know often mails books. And every time the postal clerk asks him the obligatory question about if there’s anything hazardous or flammable in the package, he always speaks truth: “You bet ...

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  • What To Do When You Have No Idea How Get Ready In Time for Christmas

    On Friday, December 20 th, 2013

    It’s on the day I forget to buy toilet cleaner in town. The day the man at the gas pumps says it’s just around the corner, what they’re forecasting will be a green Christmas and he looks up and asks, “So… are you ready yet for Christmas?” And I choose to smile — okay, so it was a thin smile —  a thin smile instead of hyperventil...

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  • The Greatest Christmas Giveaway Ever
    {Free Printable}

    On Thursday, December 19 th, 2013

    The kids have Adore Him playing and they’re singing along and off key. And the house wafts of sugar cookies and anticipation and names of neighbors to bless! “You done drawing now, Mama?” Kai’s leaning hard over my shoulder. “Can we just call it done?” And I’m thinking so, and we cut out this little hand drawn c...

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  • Advent Devotionals. Week 03. Joy. [Video]

    On Sunday, December 15 th, 2013

    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything… Just a simple, homemade video, taped this week by Hope, because God just keeps pressing it hard on our hearts to make a space for folks who may not have a community to celebrate the wonder and beaut...

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  • Only Good Stuff: Sharing Links that Bring Joy

    On Saturday, December 14 th, 2013

    Let’s pour a cup together, breathe deep, and just exhale ? This week’s Advent Candle has been Peace. Don’t miss this one: No more beautiful words than these Ephesians 2:14 quietly calms: “For He is our peace…” A man was caught on camera stealing from a tip jar…. Instead of pressing charges or even filing a police report, the coffee shop foun...

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  • When Christmas Stretches You

    On Friday, December 13 th, 2013

    A ll day long, I pray to be a womb for God. On the way to town in the morning, I whisper it to Father, “Come dwell in me, Lord. Come dwell in me.” When we come home from errands and appointments, to crusty bowls still on the table and the entrails of scarves and mittens and boots flung everywhere, I remember. And I pray it in earnest, as I pick up, put away, the wor...

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  • How to Get the Greatest Gift [*Updated AGAIN]

    On Tuesday, December 03 rd, 2013

    Just over 3 years ago? My friend Kristen Welch went to Africa with Compassion. We were invited to go together. But I couldn’t. Later, I went to Guatemala (more on that soon)… but part of my heart went with Kristen to Kenya and stayed with her there as she founded Mercy House Kenya, a maternity house in Kenya that saves babies from abortion and gives moms in the slum...

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  • Webcast Christmas at the Farm is Live at 12 EST! {and where to find the replay}

    On Thursday, November 21 st, 2013

      CLICK HERE  to jump into the Webcast Premiere of Christmas at the Farm And we’ll talk How to have a Simplified, Sane — and Sacred – Christmas? (with a free printable download and frameable art) 12 Noon Today, November 21st, tune in for the web premiere and the live chat with Liz Curtis Higgs and I? Come over the hills and fields of snow and talk w...

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