Category: Tell His Story

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Tuesday 12th December 2017

for anyone living in a winter season of the heart

for anyone living in a winter season of the heart

The Longing of a Wintered Soul By Amy Breitmann & Tammy Hendricksmeyer Creation brags of God’s goodness. It testifies as well as any evangelist. But often when winter arrives, we pine for days of spring and long for change. Spring is bold and perhaps, obnoxiously cheerful. In spring, ...

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room

Recently, we went to an outdoor, live nativity. I felt that familiar Christmas lump rising up in my throat, as the actors played the parts of the familiar characters. A REAL BABY played the part of Jesus, in swaddling cloths. So precious. As I sat there on the risers, in my parka, I kept ...

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Tuesday 28th November 2017

You don’t get to know the time

You don't get to know the time

A few months ago, I stood at a podium, looking out on an audience of Christian writers and bloggers. While speaking, I could see such eagerness in the women — wide eyes, pens poised, leaning forward. My view of the audience left me on the verge of tears. Why? Because I had been in their ...

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

How To Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Like It

How To Be Grateful When You Don't Feel Like It

It was “Takk for Alt” at our little country church in rural Iowa. “Takk for alt” is Norwegian for “thanks for everything,” and this has long been the tradition at our 125-year-old church, where gray-haired farmers share pews with diapered babies and their mamas. Every November, around ...

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Tuesday 7th November 2017

How To Live a Life of Meaning and Intention

How To Live a Life of Meaning and Intention

Lydia turns 16 in a week. All the things about getting older have been coming true. I have to close my eyes tight to remember how it felt to strap her into a car seat, or to lift her from the crib. We’ve walked a long stretch of life since those early days, when I charted […]

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Monday 30th October 2017

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

One of the happiest men I know turned 80 years old last week. That’s my dad. If you’ve been around here long, you know Dad’s story. You know about his unstoppable optimism and his heart of gratitude. You can see it in his face. What you can’t see in the picture is his ...

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

You Have More Control Than You Think {FREE printables for you}

Free printable: what God *can* handle!

Does it ever feel like the chaos in your life might break you? Have you ever cried so hard over your circumstances that you thought you might run yourself out of tears? Me too. I’ve been there. The pain cuts so deep that you feel like your very soul has been sliced. You walk around ...

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow to Say What Needs to be Said Today

what needs to be said

For the last few days, our little country church did what we do best. We rallied around our grieving brothers and sisters. The visitation and funeral were held under our steeple, and it was our great privilege to set up chairs, bring food, wash dishes, play music, offer hugs, clear tables, set ...

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Tuesday 26th September 2017

The More Things Change (An Autumn Reflection)

The More Things Change (An Autumn Reflection)

Just a little story for you today. It’s a reflection about fall, and mothering, and how in this world of change, we hold tight to a few treasured things that, thankfully, remain the same. The More Things Change a story by Jennifer Dukes Lee I see it all with startling clarity, right ...

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Monday 18th September 2017

the one thing we’ll never outgrow

the one thing we'll never outgrow

I was having a downer kind of day. Nothing major. (Sometimes it’s the little things, all adding up, that manage to bring you down.) I knew what to do with that kind of day. I drove to church to talk to my pastor. She’s a gem of a mentor, and has this habit of helping me […]

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