Posts By: dukeslee

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Tuesday 28th February 2017

The One Phrase We All Need to Eliminate from Our Vocabulary

The One Phrase We All Need to Eliminate from Our Vocabulary

I have a friend who works as a school janitor. Tired after a long day of work, she called me a while back, wondering what worth her work held. To her, it felt insignificant in the scheme of things — waxing floors, washing blackboards, wiping down every desk in every classroom. “Jennifer,” she ...

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Monday 20th February 2017

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

One of the best ways to hold onto your happiness is simply by saying, “Thanks.” Sadly, I don’t always. Instead, I get tripped up by one of the major obstacles standing in the way of happiness: The belief that we would be happy “if only . . . .” “If only we could have peace […]

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Tuesday 14th February 2017

On Valentine’s Day: The Keys to Your Happily-Ever-After

On Valentine's Day: The Keys to Your Happily-Ever-After

Milo and Wanda always sat in the same pew of our little Lutheran church, on the north side. And they were always touching, holding hands. His arm was often draped around her, along the back of the pew. Her hand rested on his leg. He dragged around an oxygen tank. She needed knee surgery. ...

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Tuesday 7th February 2017

How To Find a Way Out of Your Darkest Dark

How To Find a Way Out of Your Darkest Dark

The year I chased after happiness more than ever before, was — in many ways — a year of yuck. It was beset by sickness, loss, doubt, second-guessing, loneliness, and more. That is just weird, isn’t it? Yet my author-friends had warned me about this. They said that sometimes, ...

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Tuesday 31st January 2017

What To Do When You Can’t Agree With the People You Love

What To Do When You Can't Agree With the People You Love

So I’m going to tell it to you plainly, and I’ll start with a visual representation of the polarizing tension that most of us are living in right now. This is a political sign for Trump, with a not-so-subtle protest affixed to it. The sign probably represents the tension in your ...

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Tuesday 17th January 2017

How Grief Becomes Gratitude + a GIVEAWAY

How Grief Becomes Gratitude + a GIVEAWAY

Are you feeling overwhelmed lately? Chances are, the answer is, “yes.” That’s why I invited my friends Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory to share a message with us today. They’ve written a terrific new book called Overwhelmed, to help people quiet the chaos and restore their ...

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Monday 16th January 2017

How To Deal With People Who Try To Bring You Down

choose kindness

I got a nasty email recently, which is really unusual around here. Most of my readers are incredibly kind and encouraging, and aren’t the kind of people who shoot off mean emails at 3 a.m. I confess, I wanted to type back the most awful, non-Christian response to the meanie in my inbox. ...

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Tuesday 10th January 2017

One Thing That Might be Sabotaging Your Relationships + A GIVEAWAY

One Thing That Might be Sabotaging Your Relationships + A GIVEAWAY

You guys — I crave connection, like I crave chocolate. Or sushi. 🙂 But I have gone through SERIOUS seasons of drought when it comes to relationships. You, too? We all long for meaningful relationships – with friends and with God. But where do we start? Start here with this book: Craving ...

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