Category: friendship

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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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Friday 8th September 2017

When Terrific Turns Toxic

When Terrific Turns Toxic

It was a toxic friendship, though I didn’t recognize it for a very long time. I performed all kinds of mental gymnastics trying to make that thing work, but I continued to get hurt emotionally, and the poison I was drinking was killing me. Long after the friendship had ended, I was still ...

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Tuesday 18th October 2016

The Secret to Being the Best Kind of Friend – #TellHisStory

incourage team

As a teenager, I logged many hours babysitting kids in our tiny Iowa farming community. Early on in my babysitting “career,” my mom gave me a piece of advice that I’ve not forgotten. Mom told me that after I put the children to bed, I ought to go the extra mile by washing dishes, putting […]

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Friday 12th August 2016

if you’re feeling less than, left out or lonely

if you're feeling less than, left out or lonely

I do NOT like to admit this, because it makes me sound totally junior high, but I recently saw a Facebook status from an old friend that crushed me. It had this sort of veiled meaning, and it was cryptic enough to make me think that her words were an attack on me. I don’t […]

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Monday 29th February 2016

The Secret to Being the Best Kind of Friend

The Secret to Being the Best Kind of Friend

As a teenager, I logged many hours babysitting kids in our tiny Iowa farming community. Early on in my babysitting “career,” my mom gave me a piece of advice that I’ve not forgotten. Mom told me that after I put the children to bed, I ought to go the extra mile by washing dishes, putting […]

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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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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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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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