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Carrie Stephens

How to Get a Gift From God

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“They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, ‘Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.’ Jesus ignored her. The disciples came and complained, “Now she’s bothering us. Would you please take care of her? She’s driving us crazy.” Jesus refused, telling them, ‘I’ve got my hands full dealing with the lost sheep of Israel.’ Then the woman came back to Jesus,…

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how to birth a new kind of Christmas

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It’s been so many years now since I spent my days with a human foot attempting to dislodge one of my ribs and the weight of a baby’s head caused me to have to pee every thirty minutes, but the memory hasn’t faded yet. I remember being desperate, weary, and so incredibly uncomfortable. I wanted to hold the miracle of life in my hands and sigh with relief that the waiting was over at last….

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why I’m ghosting on social media

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“In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the Lord.  And Abel also presented an offering—some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering,  but he did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he looked despondent. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look…

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4 lessons from 2020

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2020 has been so…enlightening. At some point in mid-April, I sat at the dinner table, with a plate full of some sort of crazy recipe I had never attempted before. I had used exotic ingredients that I would never normally buy except all my usual grocery items were sold out on every shelf, and I had a revelation. “I’m trying every night to make dinner interesting and exciting so we’ll have something to look forward…

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how to find your purpose in the pandemic

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Today my phone rang and when I looked at the screen, I was surprised to see that it wasn’t a robot calling me to sell me an extended warranty on the car we sold last year. It was one of my favorite people in the whole wide world and seeing her name on my phone made me ridiculously happy. We talked for a while, about our kids’ virtual school lives, how our husbands were doing,…

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the durag of belonging

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One day a year or two ago, a friend posted a funny meme about durags and it sparked a conversation between us in the comments.  I can’t remember how it all went, exactly, but it was something like this: I emoji laughed.  He emoji first bumped.  I said something about how white people don’t have anything as culturally interesting as durags.  He emoji hearted back.  Then a few weeks later, when we saw each other…

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You Are Doing Great

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Once upon a time, I had four children under five years old.    In those days, some tiny person was always waking me up in the middle of the night. I would change a diaper or make a bottle or calm a scared toddler before collapsing back into the welcoming cocoon of my bed. I was borderline obsessed with my bed back then. Then an hour later, a different tiny person was waking me up…

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let God do something for you

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Well, 2020 has turned out to be a real barn burner, hasn’t it? A worldwide pandemic, massive financial crisis, and murder hornets have descended on us. There seem to be a multitude of people to blame but no one who can save us. But now a new video of the brutal shooting of an unarmed black man is reminding us that there are still some horrors humankind creates and perpetuates all on its own. These…

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how to grow bigger faith in the small days of the quarantine

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When I was a little girl, my family camped near the California sequoias. I remember staring up to the sky beyond the giants, marveling together at the expansive height of those beauties. We spent our days hiking around the forest, climbing over giant fallen trees. At night, we huddled around a fire roasting marshmallows.  I admit that at the time, I was probably more excited about the marshmallows than the trees. However, you should know…

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