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Why I Believe in Life Goals (and how you can set them for yourself)

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If you want to be serious about your life, you have to work on it. Really. Who among us doesn’t have a preferred future for our life? Things we want to experience? The person we want to be? The legacy we want to leave? Part of the joy of being created in the image of the Creator is we can dream and imagine.  In 2008, I sat down and created a “100 Things…

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Full Life.

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She hurries along the well-beaten path, shielding her face from the sharp rays of the sun. Many have walked these steps—earlier this morning and for generations before, seeking the water so necessary for every part of life. The family tree has splintered, but the roots stay connected here at Jacob’s well. In the stories she knows, wells always hold promise—where Isaac and Rebekah’s love story began, where Jacob first loved…

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Because You’ll Be Changed

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It’s been a hectic season, my friends. I’ve shared some bits with you and your response has been overwhelming, just dripping with so much love and grace that I haven’t been able to respond back to all of it. The sweet notes, emails, texts, gifts, cards in my office. (who knew Hallmark made a card for ordination? I got at least six of them…). I am just overcome with it…

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For Those In The Middle

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I have found myself in the middle, a very new place to be. Middle age is upon us. I help lead people and I am led, which means I am middle management. We are middle-childhood parents. (Myla is our bonus baby who lives with Olivia at our house…which makes us surrogate grandparents…more middle.) And I am finding the middle a very nice place to be. Middle means that there are…

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4 Keys to Creating Great Experiences

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It’s Thanksgiving, folks, which means many of us will be cramming too many people into our dining rooms, trying to make three times the normal amount of food for three times the normal amount of people. That’s a recipe for some stress–and I don’t know anyone who likes themselves more when they are stressed. Imagine if that were true! “Oh, honey, I’m so stressed out and it just brings out…

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Letting Go

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You don’t normally find me on a bike in my work clothes, cruising my neighborhood. But when my little one insists he can walk the dog himself, this is what I did, because this is precisely what moms do. We cast our dignity off and throw our shoes on and cruise. On a bike. Slowly stalking behind my guy. I was close enough to hear his sing-song words as he…

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Right in front of you.

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  It’s right in front of you. You’ve been wondering and wandering about this thing–this call, the purpose, the great adventure. You’ve been reading, or avoiding your Bible, and you are frustrated and instead you daydream about the real thing, what God should want you to have and do and be, and it’s this other, this place over the rainbow, a place where you get less annoyed and you have more patience and…

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5 Female Authors You Should Know

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A good book should always do one of the three things: make you cry, make you laugh, or make you see the world differently. Anyone who can accomplish more than that at once, even better! So here’s five authors that can do that for you. I would encourage you to grab up these titles for your summer reading list!   Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence by Jenni Catron….

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God’s Purpose for Your Life

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Today I’m over at Relevant Magazine, sharing an adaption from Start Here. Check it out!    Do you spend much time wondering (or worrying) about what career or purpose is right for your life? I’ve lost sleep over the same topic, constantly returning to this question: Am I wasting my life in this (job, relationship, church, etc.)? Most of us are deeply concerned with living meaningful, purposeful lives, and we…

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