Category: Tell His Story

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Will You Pray This Prayer With Me?

Will You Pray This Prayer With Me?

Dear God, The sun came out for the first time in days, and to me, it looked as if You poured a layer of gold atop everything. I stood for a moment on the back deck, face tipped toward the sky. I closed my eyes and felt the gentle weight of heaven-shine. In a moment […]

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Tuesday 16th May 2017

It’s Official. I’m Clueless. (But That’s Okay)

It's Official. I'm Clueless. (But That's Okay)

Several years ago, a mom’s group in California asked me to deliver a message about letting go of our need for people’s approval. They proposed having me deliver my message via Skype to 150 mothers, instead of flying me from Iowa to California. I said yes, because I know the kind of ...

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Tuesday 9th May 2017

On Mother’s Day, 15 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

On Mother's Day, 15 Things I Want My Daughters to Know

Dear Daughters, There are approximately 10,952 things I want you to know, but these 15 are the ones I absolutely, positively pray that you will never, ever forget. 1 – I will always love you. Always. As in, you can’t get de-loved in this house — or in this life. You might just make massive ...

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Tuesday 11th April 2017

You’ll need this when you’re burned out and tired

You'll need this when you're burned out and tired

I used to wear “busy” like a badge of honor. I’ve generally had a capacity to do a lot in a day, which means my calendar convinces me to say “yes.” But then I realized that just because I CAN, doesn’t mean I have to. At my best, I’m dependable. At my ...

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Monday 3rd April 2017

“Everyone else” doesn’t know how to pray

Talking With God, Adam Weber

“Everyone else” doesn’t know how to pray By Adam Weber A few weeks back, I received an email from a friend asking if we could get together. I could tell by his words that there was something specific he wanted to talk about. We checked our schedules and through nothing short ...

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Tuesday 28th March 2017

When Jesus Sits Cross-Legged At The End of Your Bed

When Jesus Sits Cross-Legged At The End of Your Bed

It’s bedtime. I lean back into the pillow, lace my fingers behind my head, and stare at the ceiling for a long time. This is ordinarily the quietest moment of my day — at least externally. But on the inside? It feels noisy, an interior clanging brought on by the suffering around us ...

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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 28th February 2017

The One Phrase We All Need to Eliminate from Our Vocabulary

The One Phrase We All Need to Eliminate from Our Vocabulary

I have a friend who works as a school janitor. Tired after a long day of work, she called me a while back, wondering what worth her work held. To her, it felt insignificant in the scheme of things — waxing floors, washing blackboards, wiping down every desk in every classroom. “Jennifer,” she ...

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Monday 20th February 2017

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

One of the best ways to hold onto your happiness is simply by saying, “Thanks.” Sadly, I don’t always. Instead, I get tripped up by one of the major obstacles standing in the way of happiness: The belief that we would be happy “if only . . . .” “If only we could have peace […]

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