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a year on the front row

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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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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on being a revolutionary ordinary woman

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We were hurrying out the door to meet my friend, Gina, so she could do me a HUUUGE favor and take some photos for me, and one of my boys lobbed this doozy at me: “When are we going to take down the Christmas lights on the house? I mean… it’s February.” What??? The lights are still up? I had forgotten. I hadn’t noticed. I had subconsciously deleted the task from my to-do list. I…

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someday at christmas: a post for my church family

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“Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmas time Someday at Christmas man will not fail Hate will be gone and love will prevail Someday a new world that we can start With hope in every heart.” -Stevie Wonder This Christmas has me feeling a kindredness to Ruth and Naomi. As we walk through this…

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my election night prayer

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It’s election night and even though it feels like life as we know it is about to end no matter which candidate wins, I keep telling myself that it’s going to be okay. It just may not feel like it’s okay tomorrow. But, eventually we’ll get there. Until then, though, I am leaning HARD into all my favorite things (chocolate, gummy bears, bubble baths, and a good books) and painting Christmas ornaments to sell in…

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how god mingles his holiness with our humanity

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First today, I have some quotes that make me want to jump up right there where you are and make a run for Jesus all around the room: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” —Augustine, Confessions “If God has given graces to some good women, revealing to them something holy and good through His Holy Scriptures, should they, for the sake of the defamers of…

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a few things that are saving me today

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Last night I was home alone with the kids, and so I did one of those awesome Mom Things and made them watch a movie I knew they wouldn’t love as much as I do: Chariots of Fire. I am clearly suffering from the Olympic fever. But truly, I love that movie- the story, the faith, the sacrifice, the dreams realized, the lessons learned, the running in slow motion on the beach with grand music…

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my book proposal: a tale of success and failure (part 1)

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I am feeling the sting of failure today and I need to ask you a question.What do success and failure mean to you?  Listen, I don’t want any prepackaged, vacuum-sealed answers to that question. I will reference the movie Elizabethtown and ask that you not give me an ice cream cone. That means I don’t want an answer that is sweet and pretty but melts away into a sticky nothing in the end. That movie…

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re: all the things and the Sunday I preached in church

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“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the…

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when church is art

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Every Sunday morning, I listen to my husband preach the same message twice. You may suppose this would be boring. But it isn’t. I need a double dose, because being his wife means I will be asked for my opinion later. “What’d you think of the message today?” is a Sunday afternoon ritual in our home. “I loved it,” seems like a great response, right? WRONG! You are so completely wrong!! The man wants details….

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