Category: incourage

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Thursday 15th September 2016

How Being Weird Can Make You Happier

How Being Weird Can Make You Happier

I am always amazed at the tremendous amount of feedback I get whenever I write about being “weird.” I am beginning to think this is why: people need permission to be their truest, fullest selves. Maybe the world has tried to beat the “weird” out of all of us. Well, ...

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Tuesday 9th August 2016

An Invitation to The Happiness Dare BOOK CLUB! – #tellhisstory

An Invitation to The Happiness Dare BOOK CLUB! - #tellhisstory

When I took the Happiness Dare, I didn’t take it alone. This dare has always been an invitation to all of us. It is an invitation into a rebellious hunt that will lead us to a soul cache. I believe the Holy Spirit is saying to each of us, “Pay attention. Savor the life God has […]

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Monday 25th July 2016

The Extravagant Invitation We’ve All Been Waiting For

The Extravagant Invitation We've All Been Waiting For

So, I’ve been having this dream. And in the dream, there’s a long table stretching out under an open sky. The heavens are coated with stars, so many stars that we don’t need to light the ivory tapers that someone twisted into those crystal holders. The table is covered in a white cloth that ...

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Tuesday 21st June 2016

you don’t have to hide your scars – #tellhisstory

scars

I have a scar on my left leg, an accidental souvenir from a head-on car collision in 2009. After the accident, the insurance company offered to pay for plastic surgery, but I declined. I wanted to keep my scar. Here’s why: I needed to remember what I’d been saved from. The scar was a part of ...

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Thursday 19th May 2016

The Courage of No

The Courage of No

Do you ever feel guilty for saying no? Do you fear that you’ll miss out, or let someone down if you don’t give them your yes? I am over at (in)courage today with six guiding principles to help you say “no.” Sometimes courage sounds like a “yes.” But sometimes it sounds ...

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Sunday 17th April 2016

Don’t Take The Chicken Exit

Don't Take The Chicken Exit

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future” (Proverbs 31:25). So here’s the thing about those verses. I know that they are truth, because they are Scripture. But I don’t always feel strong or dignified. I am not naturally brave. ...

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Tuesday 12th January 2016

The Greatest Risk – #TellHisStory

The Greatest Risk - #TellHisStory

I don’t know about you, but all of the best things in my life have had fear as a steady companion. I’ve been terrified to apply for jobs, to join exercise classes, to write books, to have hard conversations. I’ve been terrified of childbirth. Of falling in love. There are always good reasons ...

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Friday 11th December 2015

for all the forgetful, messy people out there

for all the forgetful, messy people out there

It was a busy afternoon. I was distracted and overwhelmed, as many of us are during the holidays. But I urgently needed to buy some laundry detergent — unless our family was willing to show up at church the next day in pajamas. So I rushed to the grocery store with that single item on my list. ...

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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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