Category: Tell His Story

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Tuesday 13th September 2016

What One Girl Taught Me About Vulnerability – #TellHisStory

What One Girl Taught Me About Vulnerability - #TellHisStory

Meet Maddie. She’s a sixth-grade girl who, several years ago, taught me an important lesson about vulnerability in friendships. Her story impacted me so much, that I included it in The Happiness Dare. On Saturday, Maddie showed up at the library for my book signing. She bought a book, ...

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Tuesday 6th September 2016

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

That Time When Anita Renfroe Took The Happiness Dare

When I wrote The Happiness Dare, it was a way to say, “Look what I discovered! I can’t keep this is a secret!” As the author of that long letter, I was super excited. But I was super scared, too. I had this fear, early on in the writing — a fear that I’m going to ...

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Tuesday 30th August 2016

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker – #TellHisStory

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker - #TellHisStory

Recently, I ran across an old photograph taken when I was dating Scott, whom I’d eventually marry. In the photo, Scott has his arm around my waist. I’m smiling, but it looks like a smile I’m not feeling inside. I remember why. Before our date, I stood in front of my mirror with a mascara […]

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Tuesday 23rd August 2016

The Fastest Way to Make Someone Else Happy — #TellHisStory

One of the surest routes to happiness!

It’s my fourth birthday, and Mom stands on the hem of my memory. I’m playing musical chairs with cherry-cheeked friends in the next room. And I think I see Mom on the edge, putting candles in a cake while standing barefoot in the kitchen. But it’s all so fuzzy. Fast-forward to another ...

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Tuesday 16th August 2016

how to find happiness in a sad and busted-up world – #TellHisStory

how to find happiness in a sad and busted-up world - #TellHisStory

I don’t know about you, but all the pain in this world has challenged all that is good within me. It has challenged my hope, my sense of security, my peace. I can’t fly in an airplane anymore without a foreboding sense that the worst is about to happen. If I’m in a crowd, I am edgy. When I […]

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Monday 11th July 2016

#TellHisStory — The Happiness Dare (Pre-Orders and Gifts For You!)

#TellHisStory -- The Happiness Dare (Pre-Orders and Gifts For You!)

Two years ago, I never would have spoken this sentence aloud: “I want to be happy.” I would have thought it, and secretly, I would have wanted happiness. But I would have been scared to admit it. I would have told you that I wanted joy instead. I would have told you that God cared more ...

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Tuesday 5th July 2016

What We All Have In Common – #TellHisStory

What We All Have In Common - #TellHisStory

About 30 minutes before this photo was taken on Sunday, I was sitting in the second pew, head down and tears streaming. I was begging God to help me find the words to deliver to a crowd of 200 Haitian women who had gathered inside this village church.  I had no manuscript. I have never […]

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Tuesday 28th June 2016

the truth about the power you hold within you – #tellhisstory

the truth about the power you hold within you - #tellhisstory

So there are days when you just feel so weak. The tasks and obstacles loom before you like Mt. Kilimanjaro. There seems no end in sight and you don’t know how you can take another step. Those are the days I remember little Anne Melissa, the child in this picture. This sweet girl has had ...

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Monday 13th June 2016

In Case You’ve Forgotten Who You REALLY Are – #TellHisStory

In Case You've Forgotten Who You REALLY Are - #TellHisStory

I filled out a questionnaire recently for a nonprofit organization. It wanted to know my favorite hobbies, my job, my marital status, the ages of my children. It asked what I did, but nowhere did it ask who I really am. I’m not blaming the creators of the questionnaire. But I think it ...

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Monday 13th June 2016

Exciting News: You Are Invited to Join The Happiness Dare Launch Team!

Exciting News: You Are Invited to Join The Happiness Dare Launch Team!

The other day, I was at the bookstore and saw an entire shelf of books for sale under the heading “Finding Happiness.” I have read many of those books, and they are full of fascinating research and fun stories. But all of those books on that shelf are missing one thing. They are missing the ...

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