Category: incourage

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Monday 12th February 2018

Let me tell you the story behind this photo.

Let me tell you the story behind this photo.

By now, you probably know that my family has been trudging through a season of hard lately. Dad underwent a leg amputation, and because of complications, he is still in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Mom was hospitalized on Christmas Eve with a life-threatening infection. She’s much better, but still ...

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Monday 15th January 2018

Be a Doris

Be a Doris

Doris was our pastor’s wife in the early 1980s. 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. Doris didn’t know who was calling, of course, because in the ...

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Friday 17th November 2017

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set me off, just a long train of emotional rail-cars carrying the cargo of daily demands, losses, and this impending feeling of doom in our world. I could ...

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Thursday 19th October 2017

When Someone Makes You Feel Small

When Someone Makes You Feel Small

  When I was a girl, there was a boy in my school who had made himself locally famous for being a bully. Looking back, he reminded me of Biff from Back to the Future. Do you remember him, always tormenting the McFlys? There is nothing quite so infuriating as mean kids who try to build […]

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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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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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Friday 14th July 2017

A Mid-Summer Manifesto for Anyone Who Thinks She’s Failing

A Mid-Summer Manifesto for Anyone Who Thinks She’s Failing

According to my to-do list, I’m failing at Summer 2017. I have blown so many self-imposed deadlines. Major goals on my list remain unmet. Even small projects around the house have been backburnered. With the kids home, my day is a symphony of constant interruptions, sounding like the clatter of ...

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Monday 29th May 2017

Six Ways to Find Peace in a Hectic World

true peace

#TellHisStory linkup below, along with an invitation to a FREE summit on overcoming fear! ~ Jennifer  Our family will visit the cemetery today. Someone from the American Legion will hand us poppies. The pastor will say a few words to those who’ve gathered. And then, we will bow our heads ...

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Sunday 9th April 2017

A Prayer for Your Palm Sunday

A Prayer for Your Palm Sunday

Dear Jesus, Today, I will wave a palm branch. I will shout, “Hosanna!” And I will spread my cloak on a road – the road that leads straight to my heart. I invite you to enter in, to make a home in my heart, and to change me from the inside out. I want to […]

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Thursday 2nd March 2017

For the Days When You Totally Feel Like the Uncool Kid Again

For the Days When You Totally Feel Like the Uncool Kid Again

“We don’t think you’re the right fit for us.” I had hung up the phone hours earlier, but those words kept ringing in my ears. It didn’t matter that the woman on the other end of the line used a gentle tone. It didn’t matter that she had some really nice things to say about […]

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