Posts By: dukeslee

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Friday 15th December 2017

What We’re All After This Christmas, So Let’s Make It Happen.

What We're All After This Christmas, So Let's Make It Happen.

A mama snuggled next to her daughter, before bedtime prayers, and she asked the questions — “Do you remember that year, when you had your birthday party? The one at the roller-skating rink?” Yeah. The girl remembered. How could she forget? There were disco balls shimmering overhead, and there ...

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Tuesday 12th December 2017

for anyone living in a winter season of the heart

for anyone living in a winter season of the heart

The Longing of a Wintered Soul By Amy Breitmann & Tammy Hendricksmeyer Creation brags of God’s goodness. It testifies as well as any evangelist. But often when winter arrives, we pine for days of spring and long for change. Spring is bold and perhaps, obnoxiously cheerful. In spring, ...

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room

Recently, we went to an outdoor, live nativity. I felt that familiar Christmas lump rising up in my throat, as the actors played the parts of the familiar characters. A REAL BABY played the part of Jesus, in swaddling cloths. So precious. As I sat there on the risers, in my parka, I kept ...

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Tuesday 28th November 2017

You don’t get to know the time

You don't get to know the time

A few months ago, I stood at a podium, looking out on an audience of Christian writers and bloggers. While speaking, I could see such eagerness in the women — wide eyes, pens poised, leaning forward. My view of the audience left me on the verge of tears. Why? Because I had been in their ...

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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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