Category: Authenticity


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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Tuesday 12th January 2016

The Greatest Risk – #TellHisStory

The Greatest Risk - #TellHisStory

I don’t know about you, but all of the best things in my life have had fear as a steady companion. I’ve been terrified to apply for jobs, to join exercise classes, to write books, to have hard conversations. I’ve been terrified of childbirth. Of falling in love. There are always good reasons ...

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Tuesday 27th October 2015

the five friends we all need — #TellHisStory

the five friends we all need -- #TellHisStory

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship lately, and what it means to be a good one. Maybe it’s because I have been watching as my daughters figure out how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of teen and preteen friendships. Maybe it’s because I went through a recent bout ...

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Monday 17th August 2015

Hope for You, If You’re Going Through a Season of Loss and Change

Hope for You, If You're Going Through a Season of Loss and Change

Something wonderful happened last night. I re-remembered something I had re-forgot, and it happened during a Sunday night worship service with my family. This wasn’t our church, but we’d come to hear the last of a two-part message being delivered by our new friend, Adam. Before the ...

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Sunday 9th August 2015

if you’re feeling a little messy & imperfect as the week begins

if you're feeling a little messy & imperfect as the week begins

It’s the start of a new week, and if it’s anything like last week, this one will have its own brand of messy. I am so grateful that I am not defined by the piles of laundry, the dust on the coffee table, the ring in the bathtub, the expired sour cream in the refrigerator, […]

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Wednesday 10th June 2015

The Principle of Good Enough

Good enough, perfectionism

So then one day, I lived a perfectionist’s worst nightmare. And it all happened on live radio. It might have been the best thing that happened to me. You can read about it over here, at (in)courage. (I’ll be the one hiding under the desk. Not. Even. Kidding.) Read “The Principle of ...

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Tuesday 9th June 2015

#TellHisStory: The First Step To Authentic Friendship

#TellHisStory: The First Step To Authentic Friendship

She had a choice to make. The girl had brought her “lovie” to our house for a sleepover we hosted in honor of our youngest daughter’s birthday. But that girl’s lovie was still hiding in her duffel bag. Her choice: Would she unpack her lovie when she needed it, or would ...

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