Category: Books

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

On Ash Wednesday, The Words We All Long To Hear

On Ash Wednesday, The Words We All Long To Hear

It is Ash Wednesday, the night when mortals remember how temporary we are. Under the steeple of our country church, Pastor Rich will smear an ashen cross on every forehead in the room, while delivering a thundering reminder to each soul: “To dust you shall return.” Tonight my ...

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

how to find your way home – #TellHisStory (book giveaway!)

how to find your way home - #TellHisStory (book giveaway!)

This did not feel like home, not at first. I was as Iowa as a girl can get. But I had felt destined for the city, not the farm. But home snuck up on me, when I wasn’t looking, where I wasn’t looking. I don’t recall the exact moment, but I knew I was home […]

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Wednesday 25th November 2015

A Christmas Gift Guide + a HUGE giveaway!

A Christmas Gift Guide + a HUGE giveaway!

My favorite way to Christmas shop is by firelight. With a flip of the switch on my living room wall — thwock! — the fire is magically light. I plug in the tree, turn up some Osmond’s Christmas (my all-time fave — the ultimate cheese-fest), pour a hot cup of tea, ...

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Monday 19th October 2015

The Best Seat in the House — #TellHisStory

The Best Seat in the House -- #TellHisStory

The Best Seat in the House By Heather Holleman A single verb in scripture changed everything about me. In Ephesians 2:6, Paul writes, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” I read this and kept repeating that verb seated. How could Paul ...

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Tuesday 6th October 2015

six words that can make all the difference today — #TellHisStory

six words that can make all the difference today -- #TellHisStory

I don’t talk about the devil much. I hate to give him too much press or too much credit. But some days, there’s no way around it. He’s got to be called out for who he is: liar, liar, pants on fire.  Today is one of those days. Today is a day when I might be tempted […]

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Tuesday 25th August 2015

Come and See — #TellHisStory (With a Book & DVD Giveaway!)

Come and See -- #TellHisStory (With a Book & DVD Giveaway!)

They still ask me to come and see. Every time they build a new Minecraft village with cobblestone, wooden planks and iron ore. Every time they make some new craft out of popsicle sticks and too much glitter. Every time they pluck fist-fulls of clover and ask for a vase. “Mom,” they ...

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Tuesday 4th August 2015

#TellHisStory: Rock Bottom, the Color Purple, and a GIVEAWAY

#TellHisStory: Rock Bottom, the Color Purple, and a GIVEAWAY

The purple grabbed my attention. Dozens of bottles — in shades of violet and plum and lilac — glistened under the lights of an antique store in North Carolina, where I attended a retreat with girlfriends. I lingered a long time near the purple bottles, touching the tops of them, ...

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Sunday 2nd August 2015

If you’re feeling a little broken as the week begins …

If you're feeling a little broken as the week begins ...

We were 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. The pastor was a friend, Gordon. I don’t remember the story he told, but I do recall the main idea of his message: ...

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Tuesday 16th June 2015

#TellHisStory: Your Sacred Yes

#TellHisStory: Your Sacred Yes

Her braces needed tightening, so we drove to the city. It still takes me by surprise when she sits in the front passenger seat beside me. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was buckling her into a rear-facing car seat? All the things about getting older have been coming true. I see her out of the ...

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

(This story is featured in my new book, The Happiness Dare.) I made my bed this morning. This is kind of a big deal. Because not only did I make my bed, but it’s the FOURTH DAY IN A ROW of making my bed. That is the longest streak of bed-making in my adult life. I stopped making my bed ...

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