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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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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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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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the chair in the wall and the dance of our life

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And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:18-20 I was sitting next to my friend at Finley’s ballet class yesterday…

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how to really succeed in life

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Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back…

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god’s dream for us is revolution

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“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.” -Langston Hughes   Some things have changed a lot since Langston Hughes wrote those words, but we are still awaiting the deep work of revolution to take its place in our world and in our lives. We need some miracles. Christianity, at its roots, offers us the opportunity to live beyond the comfortable and the usual in our…

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my window prayer for belonging

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“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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what i’m reading: spring 2017

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  Happy Spring, everyone! Here in Texas, the bluebonnets are lining all the highways, and we are basking in or two weeks of perfect weather before the onslaught of endless heat hits us. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine made the mistake of asking me what I’m reading. I think I overwhelmed him a teensy bit with my twenty minute long answer. In my defense, I was given a gift card to…

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