Category: Authenticity

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow to Say What Needs to be Said Today

what needs to be said

For the last few days, our little country church did what we do best. We rallied around our grieving brothers and sisters. The visitation and funeral were held under our steeple, and it was our great privilege to set up chairs, bring food, wash dishes, play music, offer hugs, clear tables, set ...

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Friday 8th September 2017

When Terrific Turns Toxic

When Terrific Turns Toxic

It was a toxic friendship, though I didn’t recognize it for a very long time. I performed all kinds of mental gymnastics trying to make that thing work, but I continued to get hurt emotionally, and the poison I was drinking was killing me. Long after the friendship had ended, I was still ...

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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 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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Sunday 26th March 2017

Not Everyone Will Like You

Not Everyone Will Like You

One of the really weird things about being an author is the fact that your approval ratings are very public. With a few keystrokes on Amazon, anyone can share with the world whether they think you’re lovely, awful, or … meh.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t want everyone ...

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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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Sunday 11th December 2016

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Do you ever have one of those moments where, technically, you CAN do what you want to do. But then the Knower inside of you says, “Wait up, girlfriend. You’re gonna regret this.” Yep, me too. I’m telling about it over at (in)courage. Join me there by clicking here! 

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Thursday 17th November 2016

3 truths to help you finish strong this week

3 truths to help you finish strong this week

1. You Are Strong Is this week just a little too much for you? Maybe, right now, you’re sitting on the other side of a really awful medical diagnosis. Or you’re struggling with chronic pain, a layoff, a bad breakup, or a terrible misunderstanding with someone you love. Or this: Family’s ...

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Tuesday 25th October 2016

how taking the broken way leads you to real wholeness

how taking the broken way leads you to real wholeness

A few dozen friends gathered at Laity Lodge in Texas one fall. It was a cool Sunday morning, along the jade-colored Frio River, and the morning light shone in just right on the communion table, with autumn showing off outside the windows. The pastor was a friend, Gordon. I don’t remember ...

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