Category: Authenticity

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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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Thursday 20th October 2016

the TV show that is saving my sanity and recovering my delight

the TV show that is saving my sanity and recovering my delight

Last spring, Scott and I sat side by side in the living room, blinking through tears as the final credits of “Parenthood” rolled. We had binge-watched the show for months on Netflix, and we were completely NOT ready for it to end. We stared at the blank screen for a good five minutes after the ...

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Friday 13th May 2016

Authenticity Trumps Perfection. Every Time.

achieved perfection, radio, jesus

I’m a Type-A people-pleaser with perfectionist tendencies. I have struggled with what I call “competency addiction.” That means I have wanted to make a good impression, especially around amazing people like you. But I have often feared that I am approximately one prepositional phrase away from ...

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Friday 5th February 2016

notes from the 14th floor of Mayo Clinic

notes from the 14th floor of Mayo Clinic

Yesterday, we were back at Mayo again. Dad continues to work through some major health problems. These are tough times right now. But remarkably, these days are also filled with unspeakable joy. Have you ever experienced joy like that, when it sneaks up on you at an unexpected time? One of the ...

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