Category: Community

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Tuesday 7th July 2015

#TellHisStory: Let There Be Peace on Facebook

mother teresa, peace

Anna and I sat on a long bench on the end of a dock, while the sun slid down the back side of the day. If I could have taken a sip of the sky, it would have tasted like an orange smoothie. Anna swung her legs, and they brushed back and forth against mine. […]

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Thursday 4th June 2015

When Friendship Tangles our Heart

Few things can knot up our confidence like the hurt received from another woman. Let's not be tangle-makers.

When Friendship Tangles our Heart By Carey Scott Weeks had gone by and she still hadn’t called. An argument years earlier changed our friendship, moving it from familiar to strained with one unforeseen moment. We rarely disagreed, but this one shook the foundation. Our relationship hasn’t been ...

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Tuesday 14th April 2015

#TellHisStory: When Community is Hard Work

#TellHisStory: When Community is Hard Work

The phone rang. My friend’s last name flashed across the caller ID. When a friend dials that late, you know it’s probably a distress call. “Hello?” I whispered into the phone from the darkened living room. “You OK?” The wobble in her voice betrayed her tear-soaked distress. But I didn’t know ...

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Tuesday 24th March 2015

#TellHisStory: What Kara Tippetts Taught Us About Living Our Story

#TellHisStory: What Kara Tippetts Taught Us About Living Our Story

In the end, each of us is a story. And hers read like a prequel — the back-story to the real story that was already written for her, before time began. Maybe you’ve read her story by now, the story of Kara Tippetts, who taught us all how to live well and die well. She lived the […]

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Monday 2nd March 2015

If You’re Feeling Lonely? This Post is For You.

If You're Feeling Lonely? This Post is For You.

I spent the past weekend with about a hundred Jesus-sisters at a retreat center a few miles south of our farm. We call it The Hill. For three days we hang out in a retreat center, set among the trees. We drive up there — up from our valleys — seeking to set our hinds’ feet on ...

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

How to End the Bluest Blue Christmas This Year (We Need You!)

How to End the Bluest Blue Christmas This Year (We Need You!)

I ask the boy where he sleeps at night, and he scuffs a ragged shoe on the rock-hard floor of his pitched tent. Right here, on this floor, he says with his foot. His brothers sleep beside him. A shabby blue tarp “wall” of his family’s tent whips in the breeze. For half of his ...

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Monday 20th October 2014

What We Need to Know When We Feel Lost and Alone

walk on water

It was a hot day in August at a carnival. The air was frothy with dust, laughter and the dinging of bells. I was four years old, wearing a seersucker halter dress and pigtails, moving through a swarm of legs that seemed all welded together. At one point, I had been holding my mother’s ...

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Monday 24th February 2014

The Person at the Side of Your Road

The Person at the Side of Your Road

I spent my Sunday morning with a Jewish priest, a Levite, a half-dead guy on the side of the road, a Good Samaritan, … and two elementary schoolgirls. I’m a Sunday school teacher at my country church, and we had an unusually small class yesterday — which turned out to be a ...

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Monday 3rd February 2014

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

Our pastor always starts our church service with announcements. So when he asked on Sunday whether anyone had an announcement, I shot my hand in the air. Pastor called on me, and I rose to my feet. I had something exciting to share. I may or may not have looked a little bit like Elaine: […]

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Monday 27th January 2014

How to Find The Holy Ground

How to Find The Holy Ground

It was just after dawn on Sunday morning. I was washing raspberries at the kitchen sink, and thinking ahead to Monday. My friend Paula had spent the weekend with us, and when she came into the kitchen, she startled me with her gasp. “Jennifer!” she cried out. “Look. Look ...

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