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  • How the Cross Intersects with Every Day Life: a preparing for Good Friday

    On Friday, April 11 th, 2014

    Once, before we have a table with drawers for Bibles, we had this Bible Box. Where we put all the Bibles, right by the sticky farm table, so we could eat Real Food after each meal. There was one other book we kept in the Bible Box. That we read after dessert. Like dessert. That book got dog-eared and ragged. It became velveteen. And we became real. That book was Radical. ...

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  • This Is Us: The #EstherGeneration [a spoken word poem]

    On Thursday, March 20 th, 2014

    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} So. The wondrous Amena Brown Owen and this farm hick braided our voices together and felt the Holy Spirit at the IF:Gathering in Austin last month… A spoken word poem: This is Us: The #EstherGeneration. (RSS readers, tune into the word poem here)  {Come RE:Live all of the...

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  • Why You May Really [Really] Need Lent this Year [and a Free Family Lent & Easter Devotional]

    On Tuesday, March 04 th, 2014

    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls. Levi picks it up, his eyes twinkling, stars risen early. I can only hope Levi doesn...

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  • How Tired People [Make] Love & Have an “Anything But Boring” Weekend

    On Friday, February 14 th, 2014

    Dear Husband…. so yeah, yeah—- our mattress sags in the middle. You can see it, even when the sheets are pulled up taut, how the springs at the centre have been flattened by the sheer weight of glory. You and I and this becoming of us. Some would say this has been boring, this every day love of us. It’s been decades of this, happening after the days, us there in 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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  • How to Find Time & Space for the Life You Want [Pt.2] #MakeYourOwnSpace

    On Tuesday, January 28 th, 2014

    My Mama told me that there’d be days like this. Days when it feels like the heat of Hades is burning blazes up your backside. And just when you grip that blessed doorframe and the exit out, somebody slams that door hard, scrapes your fingers into a bloodied, mangled mess, and you’re left flailing like a fool in the heat and the hurt. Yeah, a whole lot of days like t...

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  • A Secret to Happy

    On Friday, January 24 th, 2014

    Someone mentioned that this one reminded them of Cliff Young? To keep #PullingaCliffYoung. Just desperately needed this smile for a Friday… : Right after I read the story, I go looking for an old horn to screw right to the wall. There are things worth the proclaiming. And after I find one, I walk around the house with the horn in hand trying to figure if it looks best on...

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  • Because it’s never too late to find your wings

    On Tuesday, January 21 st, 2014

      Because really — it’s never too late too find your wings… [Would really love to hear how it's going for you over here today ... come chime in?  ]  

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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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