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

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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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how to make your dreams come true

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  Write the vision;     make it plain on tablets,     so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time;     it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it;     it will surely come; it will not delay. -Habakkuk 2:2-3   I have some ropes in my hands. The ropes are tied to my responsibilities and the roles I am meant to accomplish in this world.   Life…

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how we can know we are beautiful

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Morgan and I planned a last minute date night on Monday. All day, while I painted my parents’ house, I dreamed of the short ribs at North. At 5pm, I asked if we could eat there, and he smiled because he had already made a reservation for 7:15. Sixteen years of marriage and twenty-three years of friendship have their perks. He knows me well. So we sat on the lovely restaurant patio, eating creamy polenta…

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for the days when life seems stupid hard

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“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into…

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wonder woman & jesus & all of us

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Last week I sat in a quintessentially Austin burrito place with two of my friends and I told them about the movie Wonder Woman. “I cried when she fought her way across no man’s land. All I could think was, ‘I want to be that!!’” I said. “I read about this,” my friend said. “It’s happening to women all over the nation!” And she was right. There have been articles in the LA Times, USA…

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3 things I learned when I stayed in the ministry

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Today I am sharing over on my friend Jill’s website, about walking through the weariness of ministry life, and what I learned about love and church by refusing to quit…. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. -John 13:34–35…

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all the amazing women i know

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Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive. For this is what the Lord says: “You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.” -Isaiah 52:2-3 (NIV)   I know so many amazing women who have been redeemed in beautiful ways. I can find many of them in our church on Sunday mornings. My own seat is almost…

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4 lessons of fasting from online shopping

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It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. -John 13:1 NIV   I was not prepared for how insanely busy these middle-aged years of my life would be. Some days it seems the currents and tides of life are completely overwhelming. All three…

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who’s really winning in the conversation about women in leadership

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  After my son’s baseball game last Saturday, I overheard two of his teammates discussing who would receive the game ball. “You know he’s gonna get it,” one said, with enthusiasm and genuine joy. He was referring to my son, who had made the ball scream over the fence for his first-ever home run, and then struck out the side as pitcher in the next inning. He had never played so well in his life….

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the nagging feeling i have about mother’s day

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I’ve been working on a Mother’s Day post for this blog, because I usually write something sweet or funny or encouraging for Mother’s Day. But this year I’ve had a rough go of it. Lately, I can’t help but wonder about Mother’s Day. What exactly is Mother’s Day? It’s very confusing for me. Granted, Mother’s Day has always been a challenge for our family. Sundays are inherently “sticky” for ministers and their families. The first few…

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