Category: Be Brave

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Monday 10th July 2017

Scared? Here’s why you shouldn’t take the Chicken Exit.

she laughs without fear

Our family visited an amusement park every summer when I was growing up. My favorite ride: a rollercoaster called the Tornado. Ironically, it was also the ride I dreaded the most. When I stood in line with my dad, I lived in the tension of wanting to get on the ride, but fearing I would ...

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Tuesday 25th April 2017

The surprising virtue of the strongest people you know.

Army Captain, Vietnam War

My father-in-law was a rugged man, a man of duty and honor. He wore Levi jeans and scuffed boots, dirtied from years of chores on the family farm in Iowa. He had no romantic notions about farm life, or about his years as a decorated Army Ranger captain. There were hard years, really hard years. ...

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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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Monday 26th December 2016

If you want to give up before 2017 even starts

If you want to give up before 2017 even starts

We waited, with hearts pumping in anticipation at the starting line. Then, the sound of a cannon boomed through the cloudless sky. It was our signal to start. And we were off, feet pounding across the grass as music blasted through the speakers.  Anna and I joined hundreds of other girls ...

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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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Friday 30th September 2016

in a world where you can be anything, be kind

in a world where you can be anything, be kind

I recently got an email at 3:30 a.m. from a subscriber to my blog. It was the second email I’d gotten from her, and it was filled with such harshness and contempt that it made me literally gasp out loud. Her email was a stark reminder of a culture of meanness that has cropped up around ...

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Tuesday 13th September 2016

What One Girl Taught Me About Vulnerability – #TellHisStory

What One Girl Taught Me About Vulnerability - #TellHisStory

Meet Maddie. She’s a sixth-grade girl who, several years ago, taught me an important lesson about vulnerability in friendships. Her story impacted me so much, that I included it in The Happiness Dare. On Saturday, Maddie showed up at the library for my book signing. She bought a book, ...

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Monday 16th May 2016

A Monday Manifesto for the Battle-Weary

A Monday Manifesto for the Battle-Weary

Like some of you, I step into this week feeling fragile. Like you, I am carrying heavy demands and hurt feelings. But before I take one step ahead, into this week ahead, I will need to let go of ALL of that, by giving it to God. A Monday Manifesto for the week ahead (say […]

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Sunday 24th April 2016

words of encouragement if you’ve got a hard week ahead

words of encouragement if you've got a hard week ahead

I dialed my friend and told her about the Hard Thing I had to do. “I don’t know how to do this,” my voice shook when I spoke, and I felt hollowed out. “How do I tell him the news? This is so hard.” My friend Michelle said she’d go with me, because that’s what Jesus-sisters […]

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Tuesday 16th February 2016

what we all need to know about our critics — #TellHisStory

what we all need to know about our critics -- #TellHisStory

I don’t remember what the news was that day, exactly, but I know I was writing about Bill Clinton, and it was my first day of work for The Des Moines Register. My story landed on the front page. It was tucked in the lower righthand corner — “below the fold,” as they say — but […]

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