Category: Keepin’ it Real

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Tuesday 1st August 2017

what would happen if we let our lives preach louder than our lips?

what would happen if we let our lives preach louder than our lips?

These long walks in the countryside, with a paper in my hand, always catch me with my guard down. I’m far enough away from the the house, the iPhone, the laundry, the messy calendar. It’s just me, this paper, a long empty road … and Jesus.     My heart thumps a ...

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Monday 16th May 2016

A Monday Manifesto for the Battle-Weary

A Monday Manifesto for the Battle-Weary

Like some of you, I step into this week feeling fragile. Like you, I am carrying heavy demands and hurt feelings. But before I take one step ahead, into this week ahead, I will need to let go of ALL of that, by giving it to God. A Monday Manifesto for the week ahead (say […]

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Thursday 8th October 2015

When A Bodybuilding Challenge Ruins Your Image

God's love is unfailing

When A Bodybuilding Challenge Ruins Your Image By Rachel Britz A few years ago my husband came to me with an idea. He was looking for permission, really. For his 40th birthday he wanted to challenge himself to a total body transformation and partake in the regiment, work out, and diet of a ...

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Monday 17th August 2015

Hope for You, If You’re Going Through a Season of Loss and Change

Hope for You, If You're Going Through a Season of Loss and Change

Something wonderful happened last night. I re-remembered something I had re-forgot, and it happened during a Sunday night worship service with my family. This wasn’t our church, but we’d come to hear the last of a two-part message being delivered by our new friend, Adam. Before the ...

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Monday 4th May 2015

Confessions From a So-Called “Prayer Expert”

Confessions From a  So-Called "Prayer Expert"

Confessions From a So-Called “Prayer Expert” By Kelly O’Dell Stanley Whenever someone refers to me as an expert on prayer, I want to laugh out loud. Then I feel embarrassed for being such a hypocrite—after all, I did write a book about prayer. It’s not an illogical conclusion. ...

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Tuesday 24th February 2015

#TellHisStory: When You’re Tired of Masks

#TellHisStory: When You're Tired of Masks

I have worn and discarded countless masks through my life, trying on different ones, depending on what part of my interior life I wanted to hide. The disguises helped me survive in junior high locker rooms, corporate board rooms, Bible study classrooms, and new friends’ living rooms. Or so I ...

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Friday 12th October 2012

Box of 64

Box of 64

  “Good morning, friend,” Deidra’s email began. “Quick question to consider: I’m wondering if you’d consider writing a guest post for my blog series?” Gulp. Did she mean, for that series? The one she’d titled “31 Days in My Brown Skin?” I  stared wide-eyed at my fingers frozen on the ...

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Tuesday 21st August 2012

Yoda, Jillian Michaels, Women of Faith … and My Freak Attack

Yoda, Jillian Michaels, Women of Faith ... and My Freak Attack

I do the stupidest things to make a good impression. On the week of a dentist’s appointment, I’ll floss diligently, hoping that I can magically make up for months of laziness. If you’re coming over to my house, I might be inclined to make house-cleaning an Olympic sport, sprinting across the ...

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Friday 3rd February 2012

Be the Song

Be the Song

The phone rang, and it was the neighbors, singing the most awful, horrible and magnificently beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday I’d ever heard. I couldn’t stop laughing. It was off-key, wobbly, interspersed with laughter and a high-pitched fake vibrato. I could picture them in ...

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Monday 12th December 2011

For the Days When You Try To Hide the Hurt

For the Days When You Try To Hide the Hurt

This is the stuff I’d rather hide, because it dulls the shine off of a good veneer. I’d rather you didn’t know about the days when shadows of discouragement creep in, like long bony fingers ready to snatch away joy. Maybe today, if I just posted another colorful picture with a ...

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