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Carrie Stephens

this one’s for all the pastor’s wives

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It happened again, just the other day. Someone came to compliment me on a sermon I preached, and after I thanked them for their kind words they asked the question I dread. Are you a pastor at this church? I smile and answer the same way every time. No, I’m not on staff here. Just a volunteer. There is always an awkward silence after that as they process how they feel about that. It never…

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fun gifs, babies, everyday christmas, & a home for everyone

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Too much. Too much on the calendar, too much to do, too much to remember. Too many. Too many plates spinning, too many people needing, too many crises in the world. Not enough. Not enough time, not enough energy, not enough me. If that doesn’t sum up the predicament we are in these days, I don’t know what does. My “baby” has a birthday coming up, and when she asked how we should celebrate, I suggested…

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what good deals on amazon tell us about Jesus

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Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. -John 14:1-3 This is a story about how kind God is. It’s also about how…

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on sad days and eternal comforts

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My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This…

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the church needs more women leaders

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Here in Austin, we’re prepping for the simulcast of a leadership summit that is completely about women and men leading in the church. The live event will be in Pasadena,California. If you’re interested in registering, or in finding a local venue near you, click here. (Now my shameless plea for my Austin people to join us! It will be so amazing and having you there will make it even more amazing!! Come see me, you…

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about that time jesus went to public school; plus a few favorite things

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I told you a few weeks ago that my three oldest children are attending public school for the first time this Fall. How’s it going, you ask? Well, my answer can be best told through the story-telling device of relaying a couple of conversations. Conversation #1: Boy: Today at school a kid came up to me and said, “Your name is f***!” Me: Oh my gosh. What did you say back?? Boy: I said, “Okay!…

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writing beyond your platform week 2: writing as a part of the spiritual life

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This is the second video in the Writing Beyond Your Platform series. For the first video click HERE. In this session, we explore the idea of preparation and silence, and what our next steps should be as we pursue our new definitions of success. Thanks for watching, you guys. I am grateful to be on this journey with you. My prayer is that as we deepen our understanding of God’s view of success, the life…

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this is why hurricane frenzy and a gas shortage mean there is hope for us all

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In the last few weeks, Texas has been an interesting/encouraging/challenging place to live. The drama started with Hurricane Harvey. We all ran to our grocery stores and bought water and bread just in case. My own city of Cedar Park, well above sea level and far from the gulf coast, issued a “you may have to evacuate” email, which was ridiculous. I wonder if they thought Dallas and the whole state of Oklahoma needed to…

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writing beyond your platform week 1: a revival

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  “The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know.” -Henri Nouwen Last week I wrote this post about how I am over building my platform. I was really shocked by the response to it, honestly.  I had no idea so many writers…

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why i’m over building a platform

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I’ve been blogging for seven years now. Most of the people who were blogging when I started have either surpassed me in fame and platform numbers, or they are no longer blogging. I have heard so much over the years about platform, and it is all true: if you want to write a book, publishers want you to have thousands of followers somewhere in the interwebs. I have the majority of a book finished that…

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