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Carrie Stephens

here are a few ways to be happy

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I made crock pot ribs and my favorite chocolate cake recipe for Valentine’s Day yesterday, but I forgot to buy one ingredient so I had to run to the store at 2:00. Do you even know how many men were standing in line buying flowers for their loves at 2:00 at teh HEB gorcery store on old 183 in Cedar Park, Texas?  982. I’m serious. (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. But still. There were A LOT…

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notes from my sick bed: talking to kids about good and evil

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About three weeks ago I was on a plane headed home, and the woman next to me nonchalantly said, “Texas is, like, number 2 in the nation for flu cases.”  I was like:   Ten days later my kids were sick. Then Morgan. Five days after that it was my turn. They say what you don’t know can’t hurt you, so I’m pretty sure that means this is all Plane Woman’s fault. (I hope she’s…

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how to love teenagers

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The early years of children are so noisy. Squawks, yells, tattling, and so many words about things like superheroes, dinosaurs,  princesses, trains, cartoons, and everything related to the toilet. I nearly lost my mind trying to navigate the constant racket of three boys born extremely close together. There were many days I really wasn’t up to the task. Then we had a baby girl, making me Mom to four kids under five years old, and…

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what i think about when i fast and pray

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Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” -John 4:31-34 Our church is fasting this week. Together, we are hoping and praying for…

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the blessing of believing

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  My nine-year-old daughter wanted to go to the mall yesterday. We wandered through the shops, not buying much at all, but looking, laughing, and longing for a few pretty things to make their way under the tree. When we saw the Disney Store, she dragged me in. We drooled over a particularly elaborate Elsa dress. “I love it,” she said. “But you’d never wear it. You hate super girly princess things,” I said. “I…

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an update on my (non) book deal: on failing and the trinity

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I closed my old, beloved copy of Sense and Sensibility, and got all sappy, rambling on about my favorite authors. “I wonder what Jane Austen was really like. I hope I get to meet her in heaven someday. And I want to have tea with all the Brontes at the same time. I want to know how heaven measured up to Emily’s poetic imagination, to hear how satisfied Charlotte is by grace, and if Anne…

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advent 2017: how to cultivate a deep christmas

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We walked through Target, shopping for a few random things on a list. “Mama, for Christmas, can you wrap up a box of Cocoa Krispies for me?” my daughter asked. I had to laugh. This child likes Cocoa Krispies, but no one else in our house will eat them. I rarely buy them because she can’t finish the box before they’re stale, and I’ve dumped too many boxes in the trash. Apparently, Cocoa Krispies have…

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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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