Category: friendship

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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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Saturday 11th April 2015

The Secret to Being the Best Kind of Friend

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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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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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Monday 23rd February 2015

The Only Way Out

The Only Way Out

Have you ever been stuck in a pit so deep that you didn’t think you’d ever get out? I was stuck in a hole for 15 years. My hole was the shape of doubt. I didn’t believe the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I was afraid that the whole Bible was a sham. But I […]

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Thursday 12th February 2015

A Letter and Lots of Love to You, Dear Reader

A Letter and Lots of Love to You, Dear Reader

Hey friends, I wish I could reach through the screen to hug you. I know you are there, on the other side of this screen, and I imagine your faces every time I sit here to write to you. Over the years, through blogging, I’ve discovered this: “I’m not the only one.” ...

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Tuesday 27th January 2015

#TellHisStory: Be a Doris

#TellHisStory: Be a Doris

Doris was our pastor’s wife in the early ’80s. When I called her house — often looking for my mom — it was from our old rotary phone in the kitchen. It was the kind of phone with a twirly cord that could stretch the length of a room. She didn’t know who was ...

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Friday 9th January 2015

Four Ways to Bring Better Hospitality into Your Life

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Do you consider yourself a hospitable person? Does hospitality overwhelm you? We’re taking the guess-work and fear out of hospitality over at the Grace Table website today. I’m sharing four ways to bring better hospitality into your life. (I learned them from my 90-year-old friends, ...

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Wednesday 15th October 2014

#TellHisStory: How The Real World-Changers Live … and How They Die

#TellHisStory: How The Real World-Changers Live ... and How They Die

Outside my windows, the trees had begun their beautiful dying. I stared out blankly, eyes cloudy with grief, thinking about the phone call I’d just gotten. She was dying.  I didn’t want to go say goodbye. But she was ready to go, surrendering to the season. She was a tree in autumn, ...

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Tuesday 2nd September 2014

#TellHisStory: How One Small Act Can Change Someone’s World

#TellHisStory: How One Small Act Can Change Someone's World

She wrote upside-down on the stationery, and she apologized for the mistake. But in truth, her upside-down words were the most right-side-up words I had read in a long time. Her name was Paula. She wrote me the letter more than a decade ago, and it covered two sides of her notecard. I found ...

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