Category: Body of Christ

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Tuesday 24th October 2017

The Four Kinds of Friends We All Need

The Four Kinds of Friends We All Need

I was a first-grader. It was a warm spring day, so all of the kids had stripped off their heavy coats at recess and left them in a big pile. As I walked past the pile, I heard voices. The voices belonged to two girls in my class. From underneath the pile, they were calling me […]

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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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Sunday 13th August 2017

If You Can’t Find the Words, Preach with Your Feet.

If You Can’t Find the Words, Preach with Your Feet.

We were standing in her ramshackle hut — with the tarp roof — at the top of a hill in Haiti. The bare-footed woman who lived there had no shoes of her own. And in that moment, I knew what I needed to do. I took off my shoes and gave them to her. I walked […]

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Monday 3rd July 2017

the best thing we can do for each other this 4th of July

sea to shining sea, fourth of july

There’s this moment I keep thinking about lately, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation. It happened a couple years back, and it was this simple moment, nothing flashy, nothing that would make headlines. But it was a moment I won’t forget. Anna and I sat on a long bench ...

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Tuesday 31st January 2017

What To Do When You Can’t Agree With the People You Love

What To Do When You Can't Agree With the People You Love

So I’m going to tell it to you plainly, and I’ll start with a visual representation of the polarizing tension that most of us are living in right now. This is a political sign for Trump, with a not-so-subtle protest affixed to it. The sign probably represents the tension in your ...

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Wednesday 16th March 2016

words of hope for this volatile time we’re in

words of hope for this volatile time we're in

It’s messy out there, isn’t it? People are arguing. Politicians are lobbing insults. Fights are breaking out. It’s not pretty, friends. In times like these, I am reminded of what Fred Rogers’ mama used to tell him when the news made him scared or sad. “Look for the ...

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Thursday 15th October 2015

How to Leave an Unforgettable Legacy

kindness, inheritance

The words popped into my inbox at precisely the right time: “Jennifer, I’m writing to let you know that God delights in you.” The note came from Dave. He was a pastor who lived about a half-hour from our farm. Over the years, he had become a dear friend to my husband and me. Dave […]

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Friday 2nd October 2015

The Best Football Play of the Year — Guaranteed to Make You Smile

football game, prayer

Thousands of high schoolers will return to the gridiron tonight, but the best football play of the year happened last Friday night on a field not too far from our house. I wouldn’t have known about it, except that our friend Dan LaRock posted this photo on his Facebook page. Take a close ...

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