Posts By: dukeslee

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Is Jesus Really “Enough?”

Is Jesus Really "Enough?"

The road that carries me between our house and Mayo Clinic has become a familiar one over the last two years. I took that road once again last week, because sadly, Dad needed more of his right leg amputated. (It’s a long story, and we’d love your prayers.) The morning of surgery, I ...

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Friday 17th November 2017

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set me off, just a long train of emotional rail-cars carrying the cargo of daily demands, losses, and this impending feeling of doom in our world. I could ...

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

How To Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Like It

How To Be Grateful When You Don't Feel Like It

It was “Takk for Alt” at our little country church in rural Iowa. “Takk for alt” is Norwegian for “thanks for everything,” and this has long been the tradition at our 125-year-old church, where gray-haired farmers share pews with diapered babies and their mamas. Every November, around ...

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Tuesday 7th November 2017

How To Live a Life of Meaning and Intention

How To Live a Life of Meaning and Intention

Lydia turns 16 in a week. All the things about getting older have been coming true. I have to close my eyes tight to remember how it felt to strap her into a car seat, or to lift her from the crib. We’ve walked a long stretch of life since those early days, when I charted […]

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Monday 30th October 2017

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

One of the happiest men I know turned 80 years old last week. That’s my dad. If you’ve been around here long, you know Dad’s story. You know about his unstoppable optimism and his heart of gratitude. You can see it in his face. What you can’t see in the picture is his ...

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Tuesday 24th October 2017

The Four Kinds of Friends We All Need

The Four Kinds of Friends We All Need

I was a first-grader. It was a warm spring day, so all of the kids had stripped off their heavy coats at recess and left them in a big pile. As I walked past the pile, I heard voices. The voices belonged to two girls in my class. From underneath the pile, they were calling me […]

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Thursday 19th October 2017

When Someone Makes You Feel Small

When Someone Makes You Feel Small

  When I was a girl, there was a boy in my school who had made himself locally famous for being a bully. Looking back, he reminded me of Biff from Back to the Future. Do you remember him, always tormenting the McFlys? There is nothing quite so infuriating as mean kids who try to build […]

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

You Have More Control Than You Think {FREE printables for you}

Free printable: what God *can* handle!

Does it ever feel like the chaos in your life might break you? Have you ever cried so hard over your circumstances that you thought you might run yourself out of tears? Me too. I’ve been there. The pain cuts so deep that you feel like your very soul has been sliced. You walk around ...

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow to Say What Needs to be Said Today

what needs to be said

For the last few days, our little country church did what we do best. We rallied around our grieving brothers and sisters. The visitation and funeral were held under our steeple, and it was our great privilege to set up chairs, bring food, wash dishes, play music, offer hugs, clear tables, set ...

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Tuesday 3rd October 2017

God is Not Mad at You

God is Not Mad at You

God is Not Mad at You By Jeannie Cunnion One of my favorite verses in all of Scripture has always been Romans 8:38-39. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about ...

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