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a year on the front row

when john macarthur made me cry

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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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how can you know if you have what it takes?

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Okay, guys, it’s the last week of school for my kids. Every other school district in town has been out since the beginning of time, but my kids still have until Friday because justice is not on our side. We are in mourning until our people are at last released. I have bought all sorts of delicious snack foods so we can eat our feelings. We are taking late night walks and doing puzzles and…

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dear jesus, please don’t make me internet famous

By | a year on the front row, Austin, book proposal, books, dreams, failure, ministry, problems, social media, transparency, vulnerability, women | 8 Comments

We laid there in bed, hand in hand, staring up into darkness, at the ceiling we could not see. The silence of the house perched itself on our headboard. We felt nothing but relief that another day over and done. I imagined all of our responsibilities and duties bobbing above us, like balloons with strings anchored straight down into our souls. I laid there thinking about my dream of being a published author. All day,…

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being God’s storytellers: prayers that can make you strong

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When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what…

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who’s really winning in the conversation about women in leadership

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  After my son’s baseball game last Saturday, I overheard two of his teammates discussing who would receive the game ball. “You know he’s gonna get it,” one said, with enthusiasm and genuine joy. He was referring to my son, who had made the ball scream over the fence for his first-ever home run, and then struck out the side as pitcher in the next inning. He had never played so well in his life….

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on being a revolutionary ordinary woman

By | a year on the front row, Austin, momhood, women | One Comment

We were hurrying out the door to meet my friend, Gina, so she could do me a HUUUGE favor and take some photos for me, and one of my boys lobbed this doozy at me: “When are we going to take down the Christmas lights on the house? I mean… it’s February.” What??? The lights are still up? I had forgotten. I hadn’t noticed. I had subconsciously deleted the task from my to-do list. I…

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someday at christmas: a post for my church family

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“Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmas time Someday at Christmas man will not fail Hate will be gone and love will prevail Someday a new world that we can start With hope in every heart.” -Stevie Wonder This Christmas has me feeling a kindredness to Ruth and Naomi. As we walk through this…

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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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how god mingles his holiness with our humanity

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First today, I have some quotes that make me want to jump up right there where you are and make a run for Jesus all around the room: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” —Augustine, Confessions “If God has given graces to some good women, revealing to them something holy and good through His Holy Scriptures, should they, for the sake of the defamers of…

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a few things that are saving me today

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Last night I was home alone with the kids, and so I did one of those awesome Mom Things and made them watch a movie I knew they wouldn’t love as much as I do: Chariots of Fire. I am clearly suffering from the Olympic fever. But truly, I love that movie- the story, the faith, the sacrifice, the dreams realized, the lessons learned, the running in slow motion on the beach with grand music…

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