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life on the battlefield: falling into worship

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“Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. The Lord will march out like a champion,  like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry  and will triumph over his enemies.” Isaiah 42:12-13   When I was a toddler, I fell out the back of a moving VW van. I’m pretty sure all the cool kids were doing it back then, sitting up in the weird rear…

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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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an advent prayer for the weary parent’s heart

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Morgan and I always seem to have these deep parenting talks in the dark of bedtime, when the day is over and dishes are done and we can rest at last. The conversation always begins the same way:“I’m not sure the kids are doing so great right now…”The sun has gone to bed, but my heart can’t rest after the long day of raising big kids. This weariness is different than the exhaustion of tending to…

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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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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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the speck in my eye (and tooth)

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“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” -James 1:2 “To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.” -St. Theresa of Avila A few days ago I went to the dentist for the second time in a month. Clearly, I am a girl who knows where to go to have a good time. I…

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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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shalom: for these days when nothing is as it ought to be

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I’m starting to feel like the world is one giant swirling gust of wind. Swoosh… there are ants in my kitchen and I can’t seem to get rid of them. The bug guy says they live in the walls. SUPER! Swoosh… my left eyelid is starting to wrinkle at an unprecedented rate, like it’s in a race to look eighty-five before I hit fifty. It’s so ahead of its time. I think I may name…

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