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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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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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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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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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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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