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Love Beyond Reason

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Although I love the chance to travel and speak, there’s something so special about being in my home church. During one service, I welcomed 4-week old twin girls attending their first service (with the bows on their heads that were bigger than their faces), hugged some teary-eyed friends going through all the stuff life brings, and got to preach with my other friends in the front row with their adopted…

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4 Ways to Get Past Failure and Into Freedom

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Last night I got into an altercation with my young daughter. She wanted to watch a TV show; I wanted her to go to bed. What came next was a series of escalating arguments that ended with one person running out of the room crying and the other person weary and disappointed. (I’ll let you figure out who was who.) As grown-ups, we have a responsibility to steward our lives…

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Happy Birthday to Brave Enough–and a present for you!

By | Jesus, Writing | One Comment

Hey friends, Yippee! Today Brave Enough is officially born, available wherever books are sold! She’s Got Issues was special because she was my firstborn book. I was as nervous as a new parent, wondering if I could do this whole author thing right. But through grace and time and so much encouragement from you people, you wonderful readers, I realized that writing is a gift and one that I want…

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Weekly Roundup

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Want a free book? Check out my video interview with Perspectives Mom: “If we focus on what we don’t have and what we think we deserve, we will miss the great creative ways that God is reaching out to us every day.” Here’s my heart on reading the Bible over at Gifted for Leadership: “The vibrancy and importance of God’s Word compels us to engage both head and heart, both…

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When You Forget to Praise

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I’ve been praying a lot of help prayers recently. Sometimes I wonder if help prayers are a sign of immaturity–that I can’t find all the words, the specific petitions, the great theological points to pray to God. But then I think about what Jesus said about being like a little kid–if you can’t be like a little kid with your Heavenly Father, then you can’t enter the kingdom–and help feels about right. When my…

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How to Grow

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  OK, y’all, this is so basic but sometimes simple is what we need. Here’s four minutes on how to actually start reading your Bible every day. 1. Pray for insight. Ask God to help you understand. GROW: G-Get a Study Bible. (choose one, not all!) NIV Life Application; NLT Life Application; NIV Study Bible; ESV Study Bible R-Read the intros! Skim the book’s intro as well as chapter intros. It’ll tell you…

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