Posts By: dukeslee

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Wednesday 7th September 2016

what we need to know when life takes a detour

Embrace the journey

My suitcase was packed. Every item on the to-do list had been crossed off. And we had left for the airport with plenty of time to spare. We took the swiftest route to the airport from our Iowa farm — a quick shot up the county highway, into Minnesota. Thousands of acres of lush fields […]

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Tuesday 6th September 2016

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

When I wrote The Happiness Dare, it was a way to say, “Look what I discovered! I can’t keep this is a secret!” As the author of that long letter, I was super excited. But I was super scared, too. I had this fear, early on in the writing — a fear that I’m going to ...

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Tuesday 30th August 2016

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker – #TellHisStory

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker - #TellHisStory

Recently, I ran across an old photograph taken when I was dating Scott, whom I’d eventually marry. In the photo, Scott has his arm around my waist. I’m smiling, but it looks like a smile I’m not feeling inside. I remember why. Before our date, I stood in front of my mirror with a mascara […]

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Friday 26th August 2016

30 Ways to Boost Your Happiness Today

30 Ways to Boost Your Happiness Today

It was almost sundown. I was in a bit of a hurry, but I knew that if I took the long way home from the day’s last appointment, I would capture a beautiful view of the sunset, as it slid down the sky behind our country church. If I took the shortest route home, I would […]

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Tuesday 23rd August 2016

The Fastest Way to Make Someone Else Happy — #TellHisStory

One of the surest routes to happiness!

It’s my fourth birthday, and Mom stands on the hem of my memory. I’m playing musical chairs with cherry-cheeked friends in the next room. And I think I see Mom on the edge, putting candles in a cake while standing barefoot in the kitchen. But it’s all so fuzzy. Fast-forward to another ...

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Tuesday 16th August 2016

how to find happiness in a sad and busted-up world – #TellHisStory

how to find happiness in a sad and busted-up world - #TellHisStory

I don’t know about you, but all the pain in this world has challenged all that is good within me. It has challenged my hope, my sense of security, my peace. I can’t fly in an airplane anymore without a foreboding sense that the worst is about to happen. If I’m in a crowd, I am edgy. When I […]

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Friday 12th August 2016

if you’re feeling less than, left out or lonely

if you're feeling less than, left out or lonely

I do NOT like to admit this, because it makes me sound totally junior high, but I recently saw a Facebook status from an old friend that crushed me. It had this sort of veiled meaning, and it was cryptic enough to make me think that her words were an attack on me. I don’t […]

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Tuesday 9th August 2016

An Invitation to The Happiness Dare BOOK CLUB! – #tellhisstory

An Invitation to The Happiness Dare BOOK CLUB! - #tellhisstory

When I took the Happiness Dare, I didn’t take it alone. This dare has always been an invitation to all of us. It is an invitation into a rebellious hunt that will lead us to a soul cache. I believe the Holy Spirit is saying to each of us, “Pay attention. Savor the life God has […]

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Monday 8th August 2016

Heaven Is For Real, … And Why We Need to Know That Today

Heaven Is For Real, ... And Why We Need to Know That Today

Dear God, I’m thinking about heaven today. I don’t do that like I used to, do I? I don’t think about heaven like I did when I first believed. Maybe it’s because I get so caught up with what went wrong yesterday, and so worried about what might go wrong tomorrow. I get so preoccupied that I ...

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Saturday 6th August 2016

The Happiness Dare: #1 Hot New Release!

The Happiness Dare

Wow, what a week! Thank you to everyone who has cheered, prayed, encouraged, ordered the book, supplied me with candy, held my hand, believed in the message, spoke truth, understood that happiness leaves room for tears, helped me laugh at myself, loaned me your enthusiasm on days when mine ...

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