Posts By: dukeslee

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Tuesday 1st August 2017

what would happen if we let our lives preach louder than our lips?

what would happen if we let our lives preach louder than our lips?

These long walks in the countryside, with a paper in my hand, always catch me with my guard down. I’m far enough away from the the house, the iPhone, the laundry, the messy calendar. It’s just me, this paper, a long empty road … and Jesus.     My heart thumps a ...

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Tuesday 25th July 2017

Let’s Stop Saying “I’ll Pray For You” And Do This Instead.

Let's Stop Saying "I'll Pray For You" And Do This Instead.

Suzie came to the edge of the stage at the front of the room and asked me if I needed anything else before I spoke to the women filling the seats. I had almost everything that I needed. Microphone. Check. Water. Check. Outline. Check. Tissues, (because I almost always cry a little when I talk ...

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Tuesday 18th July 2017

What an Old Farmer Teaches Us About True Hospitality

What an Old Farmer Teaches Us About True Hospitality

This is my friend Helmer. He’s an old farmer who lives up the road from us. If you drove from our farm to his, you’d pass by the country church where we worship together on Sunday mornings. There are a lot of things I love about Helmer. The way he sings hymns by heart – […]

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Friday 14th July 2017

A Mid-Summer Manifesto for Anyone Who Thinks She’s Failing

A Mid-Summer Manifesto for Anyone Who Thinks She’s Failing

According to my to-do list, I’m failing at Summer 2017. I have blown so many self-imposed deadlines. Major goals on my list remain unmet. Even small projects around the house have been backburnered. With the kids home, my day is a symphony of constant interruptions, sounding like the clatter of ...

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Monday 10th July 2017

Scared? Here’s why you shouldn’t take the Chicken Exit.

she laughs without fear

Our family visited an amusement park every summer when I was growing up. My favorite ride: a rollercoaster called the Tornado. Ironically, it was also the ride I dreaded the most. When I stood in line with my dad, I lived in the tension of wanting to get on the ride, but fearing I would ...

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Monday 3rd July 2017

the best thing we can do for each other this 4th of July

sea to shining sea, fourth of july

There’s this moment I keep thinking about lately, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation. It happened a couple years back, and it was this simple moment, nothing flashy, nothing that would make headlines. But it was a moment I won’t forget. Anna and I sat on a long bench ...

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Tuesday 27th June 2017

If you’re feeling weak or defeated, try this.

windshield, rear view mirror

He just wanted to walk again. That’s been his prayer for months now. If all went as planned, Dad would finally get to stand upright again. He texted me from the the passenger seat of his car, while Mom drove. They were on their way to Mayo Clinic to meet with Dad’s prosthetic team. ...

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Tuesday 20th June 2017

We All Just Needed Someone to Love, So God Made a Family

We All Just Needed Someone to Love, So God Made a Family

And on the 8th day, God looked down on the good earth he made and said, “I need people to love and care for each other.” So, God made a family. God said “I need a lot of somebodies to show the world what it means to weave hearts, to shape souls, and to stubbornly stick […]

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Tuesday 13th June 2017

Six Words That Can Make ALL The Difference

Six Words That Can Make ALL The Difference

I don’t talk about the devil much. I hate to give him too much press or too much credit. But some days, there’s no way around it. He’s got to be called out for who he is: liar, liar, pants on fire.  Today is one of those days. Today is a day when I might be tempted to believe […]

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Thursday 8th June 2017

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

take thoughts captive

Maybe you’ve heard the Native American legend about wolves. It’s a parable that perfectly illustrates the way to happiness. According to the story, the grandson of an old Cherokee chief asked his grandfather, “Why is life so unhappy?” The wise chief thought for a moment and then asked his ...

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