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“My Dog Needs Friends” and other lies I tell myself

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  So I was running the other day. And I took my dog with me, which was already a compromise because his legs are approximately 4 inches long–he literally takes 26 steps for every one of mine. He works out 26x harder so he’s experienced an Insanity-level workout by the time we leave the culdesac. But he soldiered on,¬†clickclickclicking on his too-long dog nails next to me. And I thought:…

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We talk of lock-down drills

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Afternoon comes and I pick them up, weaving among the little ones who walk in squiggly lines, one sneaker in front of the other, waddling with the weight of backpacks and rules, the speed-walker gait of youth, energy pressing them toward the door, toward home. And I hold the hand of mine but she lets go because she is big now, she writes down her own homework and she walks…

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God-Sized Dreams

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God-Sized Dreams Almost four years ago, I took a leave of absence from my counseling practice, boldly telling myself and anyone who would listen my reasons: that I love teaching and I love young leaders and felt called to do that. On a good day, that’s what I would say, and I would almost believe it. But the truth is, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t…

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Does Jesus Care About Government?

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Jesus and The Government Shutdown God’s been after our whole lives since the moment we were created. God is jealous like that. He’s not interested in being our Sunday morning God, but our all-the-time God. Which is why I’m glad that I get to spend time helping people figure out how their whole lives can be transformed by God’s presence–in between every single Sunday. So it’s appropriate that several weeks…

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Dear Facebook

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Dear Facebook, I’ve had this feeling for a while but I wasn’t sure how to tell you. I mean, our relationship started off so great. You were this awesome tool that I could use to connect with all kinds of people–new friends and old. With just one click I was instantly transported into all kinds of places and conversations, like a time machine and a documentary all at once. But…

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What You Need In A Counselor (a follow-up…)

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Now it’s Time to Find a Counselor This is a follow-up post from yesterday’s thoughts on when you need a counselor. So if you answered yes to one of yesterday’s 4 reasons, here’s what to do next: Step #1: Find somewhere to begin. The best way to find a good counselor is through a referral. Do you have a few friends or small group? Ask them if they have any…

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4 Reasons You Need to See a Counselor

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“Should I see a counselor?” This is one of the most frequent questions people ask me, so some of you are probably wondering too. Here’s four reasons I tell people to seek counseling: Reason #1: You are stuck. We get stuck for all kinds of reasons. Maybe Plan A isn’t working out for your life, and contingency plans B-Z also aren’t working. Maybe you are considering a job change, or…

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Taking a Break

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I was inspired this morning when I went over and read Kathy Escobar’s latest post. I did love what she had to say but more than that, I loved the freedom with which she decided to take a little blog break. So I’m going to follow her lead and do the same. The thing is, I LOVE writing and I hate to not do it…but like many of you, you…

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Getting Honest With Me

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People tell me I’m honest.

It’s the main thing that people tell me when I teach. I’ll be teaching and trying so hard to lay out the truth that I find in scripture, and I spend hours and hours finding the right words, and then I get caught up in the moment, and I illustrate my point with something from my own life, about eighty percent of the time with some part of me I regret showing.

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What Not to Wear: Airplane Edition

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**June 23: Super-awesome Update. Clinton of “What Not to Wear” liked this. I once told an entire church full of ladies that my dream job was to host a makeover show (it went over like a brick so turns out those weren’t my kind of people). ANYWHOOO…the dream is alive. Feel free to tweet Clinton at @clinton_kelly and recommend me for the show.   As a somewhat-frequent flyer in the…

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