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On Taking Turns.

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Last Monday I finally took myself to the doctor. Ever since South Africa I hadn’t been feeling very well, and a few sleepless nights later, my husband encouraged begged me to go in and see what was wrong. I am not a very good patient, and generally don’t like sickness, tests, hospitals, or doctors of any kind–I mean, I love you health professionals with the love of Jesus, but seriously,…

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Growth in Suffering

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to teach at my home, Hope. The text was from 1 Peter 1:6-9: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though…

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Child

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Today I’m over on my friend Elisa Morgan’s blog. I first met Elisa at a conference called Synergy, for women in vocational ministry. The first thing I noticed about Elisa was her energy–she moves, talks and thinks fast. This made me like her immediately–and because I also knew she was a Bible teacher, author and leader (no small thing, she was leading MOPS International at the time)–I knew I had to try…

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The Way the World Works

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When you leave your world behind, you learn things. That’s always true, even if it’s a quick trip to visit a friend in another state or a long trip across the world. This trip was about an experience that changes our own little view of the world–and I was the facilitator for our young leaders at Hope in the Praxis program. For all of us, life becomes familiar–quick. In that…

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The best news of your life

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Tonight in the bathtub my son wanted to practice holding his breath. The first time he got 24 seconds. Then I told him about the man who can hold his breath for 22 minutes. So then he tried, and tried, and tried, and a dozen times later he broke 30 seconds. When he came up sputtering from his long submersion, he grinned up at me with his two grown-up teeth…

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on loving free stuff…and some good free stuff

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Ok, so y’all LOVE free stuff. I mean, love it. My friend/assistant was loving your enthusiasm as you guys reacted so EXCITEDLY to the idea that you were getting a free T-shirt. The love spiral was just as exciting over here, as we LOVE giving stuff away. I can almost imagine all of us issue-owners wearing our shirts all together and taking one of those jumping pictures on a beach…

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Waiting Doesn’t Care How You Treat It

By | Jesus, Relationships | 6 Comments

This week we took a little getaway with our kids and stopped at a beautiful winery on the way home. As we perused the selections, I noticed a Meritage with the tag “Good for enjoying from now through 2022.” My immediate reaction? What they are NOT saying is this wine is great right now. What they are REALLY saying is that this wine is great if you’ll wait. Of course, we drank…

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for when you can’t figure it out

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Do you remember the first math problem you couldn’t solve? In 8th grade, I sat in the very left hand row in the back seat of Mrs. Bohn’s Basic Math class. I had just moved into town in the middle of the year, which was already a nightmare. And I was the only 8th grader who was taking Algebra I, which also made me the nerdy new girl. So Wood Middle…

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Is Busyness the Problem?

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I love writing for Christianity Today’s publication, Today’s Christian Woman. So many great voices, including Jo Saxton, Bianca Juarez, Sherry Surratt, Joni Erikson Tada…I could go on and on. So check it out soon–here’s an excerpt from my recent article on busyness….   It’s said that “busy” is the new “fine.” It’s become a positive response to the casual question, “How are you?” We equate being busy with being fulfilled—having a…

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