my favorite pre-pandemic memory is toilet paper

By | Austin, change, courage, faith, family, fear, God, social media, Suffering | 4 Comments

Oh, 2020, you crazy little year, we really didn’t expect this much drama from you. Remember when we were so nervous about how we would weather another election year? Remember when we were having so much fun arguing online about whether or not people should get a flu shot? Remember when Facebook was full of our obnoxious relatives’ political posts instead of photos of empty grocery store shelves? I was driving home from the grocery…

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hey, jesus, here’s what we really want in 2020

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On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him,…

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when a girl needs to run

By | choosing, courage, discipline, dreams, faith, gospel, midlife, spiritual disciplines, women | No Comments

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” -1 Cor 9:24-27…

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Succeeding Beyond Your Platform

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A few years ago, I was in the thick of attempting to publish my first book. Every publisher told me they loved my writing, and my book idea was just lovely, but could I please come back when I had a few more thousand people on my email list? My answer? No. No, I probably couldn’t. The truth was, I had already nearly burned myself out a few years before doing all the marketing work…

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how to be heavenly people this christmas

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the…

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i want you to join my book launch team!

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This is a super special post, and it’s pretty time-sensitive, so set your coffee cup down for a quick minute and GET EXCITED, because I have news that will (hopefully) make you feel like a winner. (Extra points for all the IV coffee drinkers out there who don’t have to set their cups down to focus.) Today, December 6, you have the opportunity to join my book launch team! And (here’s the first most exciting…

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when a typo reveals the story in the story

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As I sit here typing this post for Monday, it is the Friday before Thanksgiving. One of my teenage children left the house happy because the thought of a whole week off danced ahead of him like a well-deserved party. Another of my teenage children was grouchy all morning because the last day of school before a break is almost always pointless and why couldn’t he just stay home?? I have found myself wondering how…

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kanye & our drive to succeed

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And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.– Luke 5:4-6 What does a successful person look like? Does it look like…

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when john macarthur made me cry

By | a year on the front row, discipline, diversity, lessons in life, ministry, women | No Comments

Hi you guys,  I wanted to tell you how ridiculously hilarious it is to me that I preached in church the same weekend the internet went crazy over the topic of women in the pulpit. I mean, God’s got jokes, right?? I am honestly so tired from speaking in four services on Sunday, that I hardly have the energy to write much in defense of my whole life. But there is a well-thought-out, legitimate biblical…

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