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Because we can change things.

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Very rarely do I wake up in the middle of the night–but tonight was one of those nights. I tried to go back to sleep and that didn’t work so I came downstairs to read my Bible. As I sit in the quiet of my comfortable home: warm and safe, with my children sleeping in their own beds, dreaming innocent dreams, with a bright hope for the future, I need to…

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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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The Disillusionment Solution

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Today Nicole’s over at Gifted for Leadership, sharing on how evangelism is everyone’s responsibility. Here’s a little bit of the article: We all have moments, as leaders, when we want to give it up. Maybe you just want to hide after someone critiques your event or questions your decisions, when you’re weary from holding others up as they fall apart, or when you feel dry and disconnected from God even…

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How To Find a Mentor

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We were going on a hike that morning, and as we drove up the mountain, a park ranger flagged us down. “Some fires at the top,” she told us, and then detailed out the best way to enjoy our hike that morning. As we drove away, I was so thankful for her gentle guidance and direction that made our morning much better. (I just stole this pic from the Internet….

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Why I Love Twentysomethings

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For what feels like the fourth time this month, my children had no school today. Breeze Hurricane Sandy, then the election, and now a small fire at the school have us home on yet another Monday. I try not to panic, as I think about the work that needs to get done this week. Instead, I assign chores like a pioneer woman (I want to make sure that they really…

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Wednesday Rambles and a Crockpot Altar Call.

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I need a crockpot savior. I just put something in my crock pot for dinner that appears like it will be disgusting. I’ve never met a crock pot recipe that my family has really liked. This is a tragedy, as I am not really up for two-hour dinner preparation, mostly because I don’t have the ingredients, the time, or the energy to make that kind of meal on a Wednesday….

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15 years of Hope

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Fifteen years ago, I was newly out of college, newly married, newly trying to be an employee, newly trying out adulthood. Dave and I mostly felt like we were playing pretend, in our first apartment, acting like we were all grown-up but really having no clue how to live a life that mattered. And then Dave’s co-worker invited him to try out this new church, just beginning, she said. I…

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5 Reasons To Take A Break Now

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Whew! I’m back after an extended blogging break! One thing I found interesting about this break was that for the first couple of weeks, my mind was blank. It was just a sagging sack of boringness. I had no ideas, no spark. I think I went into deep freeze. But for the past several days, I’ve been abuzz with ideas. All kinds of things to do and write about, and…

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Everyone Needs Vision

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In my nine years of parenting, I’ve attended some really bad kid’s birthday parties. In my years in ministry, I’ve also participated (and lead) awkward small groups. I’ve been on volunteer ministry teams that didn’t accomplish much. And I’ve held jobs where I spent more time frustrated than fulfilled. The experiences were painful in different ways, but they had one thing in common: they all lacked vision. For example, let’s…

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