Posts By: dukeslee

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Will You Pray This Prayer With Me?

Will You Pray This Prayer With Me?

Dear God, The sun came out for the first time in days, and to me, it looked as if You poured a layer of gold atop everything. I stood for a moment on the back deck, face tipped toward the sky. I closed my eyes and felt the gentle weight of heaven-shine. In a moment […]

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Tuesday 16th May 2017

It’s Official. I’m Clueless. (But That’s Okay)

It's Official. I'm Clueless. (But That's Okay)

Several years ago, a mom’s group in California asked me to deliver a message about letting go of our need for people’s approval. They proposed having me deliver my message via Skype to 150 mothers, instead of flying me from Iowa to California. I said yes, because I know the kind of ...

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Tuesday 9th May 2017

On Mother’s Day, 15 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

On Mother's Day, 15 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Dear Daughters, There are approximately 10,952 things I want you to know, but these 15 are the ones I absolutely, positively pray that you will never, ever forget. 1 – I will always love you. Always. As in, you can’t get de-loved in this house — or in this life. You might just make massive ...

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Looking to add meaning to your life? Start with laughter.

Looking to add meaning to your life? Start with laughter.

For Lauren Casper, living with her five-year-old autistic son, Mareto, is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth they’ve ...

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Tuesday 25th April 2017

The surprising virtue of the strongest people you know.

Army Captain, Vietnam War

My father-in-law was a rugged man, a man of duty and honor. He wore Levi jeans and scuffed boots, dirtied from years of chores on the family farm in Iowa. He had no romantic notions about farm life, or about his years as a decorated Army Ranger captain. There were hard years, really hard years. ...

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Tuesday 18th April 2017

Storms raging around you? How Jesus meets you, right where you are.

peace, storms, presence of God

We had no way of knowing that the storms were coming. It was the ‘80s, and there was no such thing as “weather-radar apps” or iPhones. My oldest sister and I were in a remote area of Canada, on a fishing trip with Dad. When we set out on the water that morning, the skies […]

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Thursday 13th April 2017

A Maundy Thursday Reflection: The Urgency of Christ

communion, passover

I read something today, that I’d read a hundred times before, but this time, it brought tears to my eyes: “Jesus said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.'” (Luke 22:15) Two words caught me off guard and elicited a deep ...

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Tuesday 11th April 2017

You’ll need this when you’re burned out and tired

You'll need this when you're burned out and tired

I used to wear “busy” like a badge of honor. I’ve generally had a capacity to do a lot in a day, which means my calendar convinces me to say “yes.” But then I realized that just because I CAN, doesn’t mean I have to. At my best, I’m dependable. At my ...

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Sunday 9th April 2017

A Prayer for Your Palm Sunday

A Prayer for Your Palm Sunday

Dear Jesus, Today, I will wave a palm branch. I will shout, “Hosanna!” And I will spread my cloak on a road – the road that leads straight to my heart. I invite you to enter in, to make a home in my heart, and to change me from the inside out. I want to […]

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