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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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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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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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Tuesday 15th November 2016

Raising Confident Kids in an Approval-Seeking World (Book Giveaway!)

Raising Confident Kids in an Approval-Seeking World (Book Giveaway!)

Friends, I am so excited to have Kari Kampakis on the blog today. She’s an advocate for teen girls and has dedicated so much of her life helping them get in touch with their truest identity. Today, we celebrate the release of her latest book, Liked: Who’s Approval Are You Living ...

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Tuesday 1st December 2015

six steps to a guilt-free Christmas – #TellHisStory

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 19th October 2015

The Best Seat in the House — #TellHisStory

The Best Seat in the House -- #TellHisStory

The Best Seat in the House By Heather Holleman A single verb in scripture changed everything about me. In Ephesians 2:6, Paul writes, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” I read this and kept repeating that verb seated. How could Paul ...

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Wednesday 10th June 2015

The Principle of Good Enough

Good enough, perfectionism

So then one day, I lived a perfectionist’s worst nightmare. And it all happened on live radio. It might have been the best thing that happened to me. You can read about it over here, at (in)courage. (I’ll be the one hiding under the desk. Not. Even. Kidding.) Read “The Principle of ...

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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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Tuesday 28th April 2015

#TellHisStory: Why I Asked God to Break My Heart

#TellHisStory: Why I Asked God to Break My Heart

God saved my life the day I changed my prayers. I stopped asking Him to fix things. And I started asking Him to break things. Namely, my heart. God would need to break me out of the miserable heart-prison I was trapped in. Yeah, I was saved. But I was stuck. I would need Him to free me from ...

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