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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

By | a year on the front row, ministry, women | One Comment

  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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all the favorites: books & posts from 2016

By | books, lessons in life, ministry, transparency, vulnerability, what i'm reading | No Comments

I really don’t know where this year has gone. I had high expectations for 2016 to be something special, because I was turning forty (why are new decades such a WEIRD THING, by the way??) and 2016 was the year Morgan and I would celebrate 15 years of marriage (which seems like a lot to everyone except the people who have been married for any number of years over sixteen). I was very “Audrey Hepburn…

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Glimpses of Glory From Our Trip to South Africa

By | faith, God, God's presence, hope, lessons in life, ministry, problems, Suffering | 4 Comments

Morgan and I went to a ministry conference in South Africa last week. I am still sleeping when I‘m supposed to be awake and awake when I’m supposed to be asleep, so forgive me if this post has a stream of consciousness that only a two year old would find acceptable. I am so tired that I have basically become a two year-old: I can’t nap even though I’m exhausted, all I want to eat…

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on finding our purpose in a broken world

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“When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who…

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how to find your place in all the confusion

By | article, book proposal, books, dreams, failure, faith, ministry, problems | No Comments

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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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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how to be a super awesome wife mom minister woman

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These are the kinds of conversations happening in my home these days: Conversation #1:Me: Why are you wearing your brother’s underwear?Boy: There’s no clean underwear. I’ve been wearing these for three days.Me: You’ve been wearing dirty underwear that doesn’t fit you for THREE DAYS?Boy: Yep. Conversation #2:Morgan: What’s for dinner?Me: I don’t know. I have no plan. Too many baseball, ballet, gymnastics, and church meetings. We are practically nomads who rely on the kindness of…

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sabbaticals are not for the faint of heart

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During the insane-o busy week before our month-long break from all things ministry, I thought I might be going a little crazy and I spoke these words to my husband: “I feel like we’re not talking about everything really important because we’re just trying to make it to Monday.” “Probably,” he answered. I nodded, resolutely accepting this reality. Then we went to sleep. Aren’t we just the cutest couple ever? The way we skirt confrontation,…

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learning to be a leader

By | article, God, lessons in life, ministry, women | 2 Comments

On Tuesday nights I host a women’s community group at a cozy little restaurant with a fireplace and good coffee. Can I speak plainly and be honest? I was scared to start it. I’ve never been someone who is good at leading things like this. It’s not that I don’t like people, or getting together, or planning things. It’s just that no one usually comes to things I host.  I stopped hosting jewelry and candle and…

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