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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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the bittersweet road home

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, failure, God, home, spiritual disciplines, Suffering | No Comments

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” -John 4:31-34 I sat in the car watching the scenery of the southwest speed by…

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waiting, salvation, and the beauty of blooming late in life

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On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the…

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how to find your place in all the confusion

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Last Thursday, I rearranged the whole downstairs of my house because there were feelings and thoughts piled up in my head. All those feelings and thoughts needed new places, but I couldn’t make them all fit. So I moved the tangible things I could. It’s my own favorite kind of therapy. Because, I don’t know if you know this, but in order to achieve my dream of publishing a book, I’m supposed to be famous…

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

By | a year on the front row, article, book proposal, dreams, failure, problems | 7 Comments

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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drama and parenting and finding the grace to be imperfect

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“Son though he was, [Jesus] learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…” Hebrews 5:8-9 When my children were very young, I lived in fear of their drama. There were days I thought I would not be able to handle one more meltdown over the color of a sippy cup. The depth of mourning a toddler can produce simply because a piece of toast…

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…and if being a wife and a mom doesn’t really seem good enough for God- then what?

By | a year on the front row, article, failure | 3 Comments

The bass vibrated from the stage and the music somehow pierced a hole in my heart when I sang these words:“We love You. We’ll never stop. All this is for You, Jesus.”All this is for You, Jesus. All this what is for Jesus?My mind flooded with the vision of piles of laundry, bandaids applied to ant bites, my personal football practice shuttle service, a forgotten batch of cookies burnt in the oven, packed lunches that…

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how to win

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Maybe we should all just make a list. We wear failure like an itchy wool sweater on hot steamy day. It sits on our skin and irritates us until we go mad. We can ditch the sweater if we dare. We would have to be brave to pick up a pen, hope the fear wouldn’t cause too much tremor in our grip, and write.them.down. If we saw our failures, our lack, our less-than-perfect attributes scrawled…

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when you have a bad day and then live happily ever after

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Some days are just awful, and everything that could go wrong does just what you fear it will, and failure eats away at your heart. You spend all day in the trenches, hoping that if you keep grinding it out, a little sunshine will break through the dark clouds. But nothing helps. Quitting seems like the most viable of all possible options. The awful day whispers in your ear, “Lay it down. Let it go….

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