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Carrie Stephens

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

By | books, choosing, dreams, failure, grace, hope, trust, women, words | 37 Comments

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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all my feelings re: sending my kids to public school

By | change, choosing, homeschooling, hope, lessons in life, momhood, Motherhood, problems | One Comment

For the last eight years, all of our kids have been homeschooled. It’s so weird. I didn’t even want to homeschool my kids when they were little. I used to pray and ask God to please, please, please give us a great public school. But then we moved and I heard some concerning things about the school my oldest was supposed to go to for kindergarten. Kindergarten seemed like an easy thing to teach a…

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prayers for true beauty

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“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.” -Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved   When I was first married, I stood in my underwear one day brushing my teeth, and looked defensively at my new husband. “I hope you know…

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why the church will make you win in life

By | a year on the front row, discipline, faith, God, ministry, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability, worship | No Comments

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21   I love the local church. Not just the one I attend, but all of the gatherings of Christ…

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this is why motherhood will make you crazy lovely

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“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” -1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (MSG) We have been at the pool almost every night for the past few days. Post-dinner swimming is my favorite part of summer living in Texas, where…

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how to make your marriage last

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  Morgan wrapped his arm around my shoulder the other day. “I had forgotten what it feels like to have your arm around me. That probably means we’ve been too busy,” I said. “Probably,” he said. And we both smiled that sad, tender kind of smile that lets the other person know we mean to make a change. I used to hear about how many marriages break up after the kids go off to college…

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being God’s storytellers: prayers that can make you strong

By | a year on the front row, choosing, faith, lessons in life, ministry | One Comment

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what…

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