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vulnerability

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 can you know if you have what it takes?

By | a year on the front row, dreams, faith, hope, lessons in life, problems, vulnerability | No Comments

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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what god expects from you

By | dreams, failure, fairness, fear, gospel, lessons in life, problems, Suffering, transparency, vulnerability | No Comments

Raise your hand if your life feels crazy. This how many times I want to raise my hand for that one: On Saturday, our family had four baseball games, a six hour morning ballet rehearsal, out-of-town family visiting, a clarinet competition, and an evening ballet performance, after which we hosted a birthday dinner celebrating my third son. On Sunday we had three church services, two baseball games, community group, and Morgan had an eight hour…

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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

By | article, books, choosing, dreams, failure, spiritual disciplines, transparency, vulnerability, words | No Comments

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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my window prayer for belonging

By | article, faith, family, friendship, God, hope, prayer, shame, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability | One Comment

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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all the favorites: books & posts from 2016

By | books, lessons in life, ministry, transparency, vulnerability, what i'm reading | No Comments

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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how to live a holy life

By | hope, lessons in life, Perfection, vulnerability | No Comments

“A priest is a priest no matter where she happens to be. Her job is to recognize the holy in things and hold them up to God. Her job is to speak in a way that helps other people recognize holiness of things, too.” -Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church I wonder where everybody is today. Are you driving across state lines, heading to Grandma’s house or Cousin Jenny’s cabin for the holiday? Are you crouched…

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winning the trust (and hearts!) of our children

By | faith, family, transparency, trust, vulnerability | No Comments

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10 Last night we walked home from the park as a family, and one of my kids stayed close by…

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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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