why i’m over building a platform

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I’ve been blogging for seven years now. Most of the people who were blogging when I started have either surpassed me in fame and platform numbers, or they are no longer blogging. I have heard so much over the years about platform, and it is all true: if you want to write a book, publishers want you to have thousands of followers somewhere in the interwebs. I have the majority of a book finished that…

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winning the trust (and hearts!) of our children

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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10 Last night we walked home from the park as a family, and one of my kids stayed close 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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ditch dweller

By | a year on the front row, article, choosing, lessons in life, problems, trust | No Comments

“So are we taking the ditch?” Mr. Fantastic asked me as we zipped up sweatshirts and headed out for a run. “I don’t know. I kind of thought we’d drive to the jogging trail,” was my first reply. But then I said, “Sure, why not. If we die in a freakish flash flood, the kids can read my blog to know how much I loved them.” I was kidding- kind of. The ditch isn’t likely…

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when your dreams don’t make sense

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When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:1-3 Way back when I had a belly full of Boy 3, when I cradled Boy 2 in one…

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the expectation of grace

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I delight greatly in the Lord;     my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation     and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,     and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up     and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise     spring up before all nations. -Isaiah…

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a letter to Gibson

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My friend Beth is in the middle of a life storm. And it’s a doozy. She gave birth to a precious baby who is fighting for his life in the NICU. Gibson’s whole story is on Beth’s blog if you would like to read it. And if your heart is moved to help them out, there is a fund set up to help with the crazy hospital bills that accompany a storm of this nature…

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a letter to my 40s

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Mr. Fantastic and I are only about three years away from turning forty. Gah, that seems crazy. Especially since I feel like we have only just begun this life of ours. Honestly, though, I am kind of excited about a new decade. The thrill doesn’t stem from some kind of “forty is the new thirty” thing as much as a desire to get it over with already. It’s as if that number looms ahead of…

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when the call is a grind

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I stare up at the ceiling fan with my head on my pillow and focus. Deep in my heart there is a grinding sound. I am trying to understand what it means. It is the sound of my heart grinding itself down, looking for the deepest hopes and dreams and callings of God. I can hear the sound of His voice calling me, but I can’t quite make out the words. He has plans for…

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bird mama

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We are studying birds in our science curriculum this year. Did you know there are bird-mamas that leave their young before the babies can fly? They migrate on before they have seen their chicks prove their strength of survival. Those babies do survive though, they lean out of the nest, flapping wings, and miraculously follow their mamas to their southern winter homes. There is no scientific explanation for their knowledge of how to prepare for…

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