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

By | book proposal, books, celebrating, courage, dreams, failure, God, hope, Joy, lessons in life | No Comments

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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where is the love we need most of all

By | choosing, courage, devotional, diversity, dreams, failure, gospel, lessons in life, problems, social media, vulnerability, women | One Comment

  I logged onto Facebook today and I can’t decide what to be most upset about— what’s happening in the world or what’s happening in our social media posts. I grieve our lostness in this world. Lost under the weight of arguments. Lost in the justifications. Lost to kindness. Lost from each other. Over the years, in our home, there have been moments when my children have been rude to one another. The ensuing conversation…

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how to have faith when life is different than you expected

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, faith, God, God's presence, grace, lessons in life, love, momhood, problems, Suffering, trust | No Comments

Last week, our family spent a quick weekend in Tampa after spending the previous week at a conference in Orlando. I brought a special souvenir home from Florida. All the late nights, fast food, massive coffee consumption, and one gajillion handshakes and hugs exposed me to some kind of head cold and so I’m sniffly and coughing today. Morgan and I were trying to figure out how I could have picked up this icky bug….

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the bittersweet road home

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, failure, God, home, spiritual disciplines, Suffering | No Comments

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” -John 4:31-34 I sat in the car watching the scenery of the southwest speed by…

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an advent prayer for the weary parent’s heart

By | Christmas, courage, dads, lessons in life, momhood, prayer, problems, spiritual disciplines | No Comments

Morgan and I always seem to have these deep parenting talks in the dark of bedtime, when the day is over and dishes are done and we can rest at last. The conversation always begins the same way:“I’m not sure the kids are doing so great right now…”The sun has gone to bed, but my heart can’t rest after the long day of raising big kids. This weariness is different than the exhaustion of tending to…

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re: all the things and the Sunday I preached in church

By | a year on the front row, article, beauty, courage, failure, ministry, problems | No Comments

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the…

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how to hold onto your (used to be) babies

By | article, courage, lessons in life, love, momhood | No Comments

I was just sitting at the kitchen table yesterday, minding my own business, when a singular revelation hit me like a lightning bolt. I haven’t seen that green blanket in months. You know, the one my child couldn’t live without for the first decade of his life? The comfort he demanded as a toddler. The one he held close to his face while he guzzled a sippy cup of chocolate milk. It is the blanket…

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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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