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why the church will make you win in life

By | a year on the front row, discipline, faith, God, ministry, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability, worship | No Comments

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21   I love the local church. Not just the one I attend, but all of the gatherings of Christ…

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my window prayer for belonging

By | article, faith, family, friendship, God, hope, prayer, shame, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability | One Comment

“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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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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how to live a holy life

By | hope, lessons in life, Perfection, vulnerability | No Comments

“A priest is a priest no matter where she happens to be. Her job is to recognize the holy in things and hold them up to God. Her job is to speak in a way that helps other people recognize holiness of things, too.” -Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church I wonder where everybody is today. Are you driving across state lines, heading to Grandma’s house or Cousin Jenny’s cabin for the holiday? Are you crouched…

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winning the trust (and hearts!) of our children

By | faith, family, transparency, trust, vulnerability | No Comments

“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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almost famous and humiliations galore

By | article, Austin, family, lessons in life, shame, social media, transparency, vulnerability | No Comments

There I was, frantically waving my arms, in my yoga clothes/pajamas, wearing my crazy bed head hair while chasing the trash truck down my street, dragging our giant green garbage can behind me. It was a glorious sight for the neighborhood, I’m sure. “That was a little EMBARRASSING, Mom,” my daughter later informed me. It’s always helpful to your self-esteem to have your seven year old school you on embarrassment, don’t you agree? It’s really…

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old enough

By | article, choosing, courage, dreams, fairness, shame, vulnerability | No Comments

I promise it’s true: the older we get, the younger we feel. Which is ridiculous, because we remember middle school like it was yesterday, when we thought thirty was old, forty was ancient, fifty was incomprehensible, and sixty year-olds probably need to just take a nap all the time. Our plan was to be forever young. Growing old seemed about as likely as being abducted by aliens or mastering the moonwalk back then. And yet, time itself just kept ticking…

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how to lose collagen and still gain in beauty

By | article, beauty, vulnerability, women | One Comment

When I was a kid, like all decent 1980s families, we had a navy blue GM conversion van. We bought it to replace our old VW bus. In hindsight, we now know this was a tragedy- VW buses are worth a fortune these days and only scary child-snatchers drive conversion vans in the new millennium. But at the time, we were wooed by the wood paneling and custom carpet kit that blue van boasted. We…

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a tender marriage

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There are three things that are too amazing for me,    four that I do not understand:the way of an eagle in the sky,    the way of a snake on a rock,the way of a ship on the high seas,    and the way of a man with a young woman.-Prov 18-19 We stood in a darkened room, surrounded by charcoal sketches made by the genius hands of Rembrandt. Friends turned almost-lovers, the air seemed to vibrate with the holiness…

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soul botox, ninja husbands, and how to save your soul

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“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” -Jesus (Matthew 16:26) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -Jesus (John 13:34-35) We sat in the living room late at night after he…

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