Category: Love Idol

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Tuesday 14th March 2017

On Learning to Live For An Audience of One

On Learning to Live For An Audience of One

I feel an old anxiety rising up in me, as I tap at these computer keys. Maybe this is how a recovering alcoholic would feel if she walked into a dimly lit tavern, where ice cubes clink against glass and the bartender counts out the glug-glug-glugs from a tipped bottle. Someone else will have to ...

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Tuesday 6th December 2016

Six Steps to a Guilt-Free Christmas

guilt-free Christmas, preapproved Christmas

In our early years as a family, I transformed our house into a winter wonderland every Christmas. I set up tiny ceramic villages on fake snow. I baked (and burnt) dozens of cookies, mailed an avalanche of Christmas cards, purchased far too many gifts, and decked the halls to the point of ...

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Monday 4th April 2016

the secret to stop feeling like a failure – #TellHisStory

the secret to stop feeling like a failure - #TellHisStory

I always wanted the A. Anything less felt like failing. But back during freshman year of university, I unfolded my mid-term grade report, smoothing it out on my desk. That day, I found this fat D+ on the grid of my mid-term report. I was nearly failing math, and I took it personal. I felt a ...

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

On Ash Wednesday, The Words We All Long To Hear

On Ash Wednesday, The Words We All Long To Hear

It is Ash Wednesday, the night when mortals remember how temporary we are. Under the steeple of our country church, Pastor Rich will smear an ashen cross on every forehead in the room, while delivering a thundering reminder to each soul: “To dust you shall return.” Tonight my ...

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Tuesday 19th January 2016

What’s Broken is Not Beyond Repair — #TellHisStory

What's Broken is Not Beyond Repair -- #TellHisStory

One of the things that irritates me most is my tendency to suffer from spiritual regression. If you see me talking about “re-remembering what I re-forgot,” you know that I’m recovering, once again, from spiritual regression. It happened again the other day when, in a group of ...

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Wednesday 8th July 2015

your personal summer reset

your personal summer reset

Once upon a time, I was in a collision on an Iowa highway. That morning, while the red lights of an ambulance spun outside my windshield, never once did I think about all the stuff that occupies far too much of my everyday thought life: What if I fail today? Do people care what I […]

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Friday 19th June 2015

What To Remember Every Father’s Day

marathon runner

There are all kinds of fathers. The ones who help and the ones who hurt. The daddies and the “deadbeats.” The ones who seem larger than life, and the ones whose absence yawned open under your life. No matter what kind of Father we have on earth, here’s what we can know for ...

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Tuesday 26th May 2015

#TellHisStory: When You’re Carrying a Heavy Burden

#TellHisStory: When You're Carrying a Heavy Burden

Dear daughters, No one was ever designed to carry her burdens alone. That’s what I thought when I watched the two of you to carry that pail of rocks to the shore.  You volunteered to help carry the weight of someone else’s world for a few hundred steps. I hope you never forget how ...

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Friday 13th March 2015

The PreApproved Sisterhood at Women of Faith

The PreApproved Sisterhood at Women of Faith

I don’t know how many years ago I attended my first Women of Faith conference. I know it was clear back when I had one of those flip phones with the antenna. But I didn’t have texting yet. So I took my phone up to the top seats of the arena. I needed a quiet place […]

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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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