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When you wonder if you can…

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I got on a plane by myself and I took my laptop and I took a deep breath. I was traveling to a conference for women in ministry. The idea of being a woman in ministry was still new to me, like a pair of boots you haven’t worn enough to break in, that feeling when you wonder if they really fit at all. And I hauled my computer out…

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Becoming You

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How often are you completely yourself? No, really. Might sound weird, but I think most of us spend a lot of time being mostly ourselves or trying to manage ourselves, but not really being completely, fully, ourselves. Perhaps we don’t know exactly how to be that woman, or maybe we are scared that if we let see people know who we really are–the dreams, the desires, the heartaches, the fears,…

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3 Surprising Habits to Cultivate in 2014

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I love the new year. I love fresh starts and new beginnings. I love the chance to be more intentional with life, and in that mode, I’ve been thinking about the things that I’ve learned over the years about being a better human being, and what are the small things I want to do to cultivate those habits. I’d love to share three of them with you: #1 Ask More…

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For when you are feeling ordinary…

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It’s the day after Christmas and things feel deflated and a bit off-kilter. The Christmas tree still twinkles but beneath it lies presents with wrapping ripped off, little bits of paper stuck in the corners, presents already forgotten. There are one or two wrapped gifts left, reminders that one day is never enough to capture all the relationships…both the lovely and the strained. And I think about Mary on this…

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I Declare About Women.

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I hate stereotypes. I mean, hate them. I hate every stereotype about women. I hate that men categorize women and I hate that women categorize one another…as girly or not, as crafty or not, as homeschool-y, as Christian-y. Domineering. Crunchy. Soccer Mom. Liberal. Needy. Emotional. High-Maintenance. Control Freak. All of it. I hate it all. You are not your role or your circumstance or even your emotional highs and lows. You are…

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When risky is good

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Dreaming is risky. Perhaps you have a wisp of an idea, just a whisper. You turn it over and around in your mind for a few days, letting it take shape. Then maybe you take a risk, and you share it with one other friend, and it becomes more real. There’s a dream out there that I’ve shared with a few friends, and those few friends have breathed some life…

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2013 In Pictures

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Sometimes you just don’t know where you’re headed unless you know where you’ve been. 2013 was a year that I got to share with so many of you. Back in 2008, when I had a little dream about what it would be like to write a book and share the questions, the wrestling, and the words of life that I’ve found in the Bible, I didn’t know where that would…

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If we could all be more like little kids…

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If we could all be more like little kids… we would laugh hard at silly things we would marvel at the seasons and the snowflakes we would ask for help. If we could all be more like little kids… we would ask more questions we would tell it like it is we would hug our friends when we were scared. If we could all be more like little kids… we…

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Broken Christmas…

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Today I have a post from a friend and mentor, Elisa Morgan. I love the honesty and courage of this post, and I LOVE her latest book, The Beauty of the Broken. So listen in as Elisa tells us how it really is…and invites us to share our real stories too. I’m giving away the book, so share your own #brokenchristmas story at the end of this post and you’ll…

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Do Your Thing

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Last night I learned something. We had a concert–a CD Release concert–for Hope’s first original worship album, “Fight for Us.” More than fifteen people played–guitars, violin, cello, drums of all kinds–and they played pianos, and synthesizers (I still don’t know what a synthesizer does but if you are cool you say “synth”) They sang with all their hearts and they led a packed auditorium in honest lyrics about life and…

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