here’s to all the flukes and the impostors out there

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Once upon a time I signed a book deal and wrote a manuscript and sent it off to my publisher. Writing over 60,000 words should feel like a lot of work, but it felt so stinking fun for me. It was fun to figure out what works, fun to see the word count slowly grow and grow, fun to know that a few someones would someday read a whole book I wrote (even if those…

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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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writing beyond your platform week 2: writing as a part of the spiritual life

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This is the second video in the Writing Beyond Your Platform series. For the first video click HERE. In this session, we explore the idea of preparation and silence, and what our next steps should be as we pursue our new definitions of success. Thanks for watching, you guys. I am grateful to be on this journey with you. My prayer is that as we deepen our understanding of God’s view of success, the life…

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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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what i’m reading: spring 2017

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  Happy Spring, everyone! Here in Texas, the bluebonnets are lining all the highways, and we are basking in or two weeks of perfect weather before the onslaught of endless heat hits us. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine made the mistake of asking me what I’m reading. I think I overwhelmed him a teensy bit with my twenty minute long answer. In my defense, I was given a gift card to…

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all the favorites: books & posts from 2016

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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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what i’m reading: all the pretty things and others

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I just finished Edie Wadsworth’s beautiful memoir All the Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way Home. It was a deep and vulnerable and hope-filled story, and I think you guys will love it. It’s about loving flawed people, forgiving the unforgivable, and finding grace and forgiveness for your own failures. I finished Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect a while ago, and the challenge it brought me…

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books: the new punk rock of our modern era

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Have you ever posted something on social media and then been surprised that so many people liked it and shared it? This was the photo and the text of my post:  “All of my kids are readers. Sometimes people ask how we “made that happen”. I don’t think we “tried” to make it happen, exactly, but I do believe some intentional choices opened the door to reading as a way of life in our home: …

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how to find your place in all the confusion

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Last Thursday, I rearranged the whole downstairs of my house because there were feelings and thoughts piled up in my head. All those feelings and thoughts needed new places, but I couldn’t make them all fit. So I moved the tangible things I could. It’s my own favorite kind of therapy. Because, I don’t know if you know this, but in order to achieve my dream of publishing a book, I’m supposed to be famous…

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Summer Book List 2016

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I love book lists, don’t you? In the summer I feel completely allowed to read all sorts of impractical fiction because in my book brain I am still in sixth grade and summer is when I get to read whatever makes me happy. Summer Book Lists are like a trip  to Disneyland, except there are no lines and you can stay in the air-conditioning. I used to choose one author in the summer and read…

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