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I’m Jennifer — wife of an Iowa farmer, mom to two girls, new book author. I believe in you, because I believe in Jesus. You matter to Him, and you matter to me. more »

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Thursday 5th May 2016

20 things every graduate should remember

20 things every graduate should remember

Dear graduate, Listen up, kid. Let me have your ears for the next three minutes, before you pick up your diploma and head out the door. I sat in your seat exactly 26 years ago, waiting to be called to the stage for my diploma. A lot has changed since my graduation in 1990, but the most ...

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016

if you’re in need of a miracle – #tellhisstory


For years, I lived a life without faith. I put Jesus in the same category as comic-book action figures: strong and mighty on paper, but pure fiction and utterly useless in times of need. I remained faithless until I responded to this strong sense, thumping inside of me, that I finally needed to ...

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Monday 2nd May 2016

flowers are for the living (plus a $100 giveaway)

flowers, bouquet, FTD

I grew up in a little town with a lot of old folks, and it seemed like every other week, Mom walked us uptown to the old funeral chapel, where we’d say goodbye to another of our old friends, who’d taken the offramp toward heaven. The sight of our old friends in velvet-lined boxes ...

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Tuesday 26th April 2016

how to take a compliment with grace – #tellhisstory

how to take a compliment with grace - #tellhisstory

I was still new in my faith, and that morning, I sat like a firework in the front pew. My heart was eager, ignitable. Our church had a guest speaker, and I hung on every word, as if I were hearing the gospel for the first time. His fiery words were like a match on […]

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Sunday 24th April 2016

words of encouragement if you’ve got a hard week ahead

words of encouragement if you've got a hard week ahead

I dialed my friend and told her about the Hard Thing I had to do. “I don’t know how to do this,” my voice shook when I spoke, and I felt hollowed out. “How do I tell him the news? This is so hard.” My friend Michelle said she’d go with me, because that’s what Jesus-sisters […]

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