Category: Thankful Heart

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Is Jesus Really “Enough?”

Is Jesus Really "Enough?"

The road that carries me between our house and Mayo Clinic has become a familiar one over the last two years. I took that road once again last week, because sadly, Dad needed more of his right leg amputated. (It’s a long story, and we’d love your prayers.) The morning of surgery, I ...

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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 1st November 2016

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

The other day, I was on the verge of having another anxiety attack — the same kind that I wrote about in my book The Happiness Dare. I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set ...

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Wednesday 20th August 2014

#TellHisStory: The Ministry of the Newly Sharpened Pencil

#TellHisStory: The Ministry of the Newly Sharpened Pencil

The girls’ bedrooms are dark now, and it’s hard saying whether they’ve actually fallen asleep. They are jittery with excitement. Tomorrow’s the first day of school here. Just now, their overstuffed backpacks are leaning against the back door, and I marvel at the fact ...

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Friday 22nd February 2013

How to Get Your Praise On

How to Get Your Praise On

So I admit, I did stop right smack-dab in the middle of the highway. I did, in fact, first check the rear-view mirror for traffic on this little section of Iowa highway. Then, I pressed the brakes, grabbed the camera from the passenger seat and snapped a quick photo through my car window. The ...

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Friday 25th November 2011

Good Friday Thanks on Black Friday

Good Friday Thanks on Black Friday

Dear Jesus, On this — the week of offering deep thanks over steaming bowls and heaping platters and tables dressed in earthen hues — how can I properly thank You? I know that as thankful as I think I am, I’m not even close to giving proper thanks for the gifts, seen and ...

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Friday 26th November 2010

Thanksgiving Reflection from a Farmer’s Wife

Thanksgiving Reflection from a Farmer's Wife

Some people say, “Never look back.” But as I drift downstream, meandering water-currents of life, every once in a while I get the urge to turn my canoe around. Because I like to see where I’ve been, to remember what waters we’ve passed through. With a hindsight view, I ...

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Thursday 26th November 2009

Our Favorite Farmers

Our Favorite Farmers

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and the corn still stands in fields. My favorite farmer hopes to glean the rest by December, before the snow flies. And when fear rises in me, I’m reminded:I’m not the first Lee woman to look through the kitchen window to watch a Lee man working acres ...

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Monday 14th September 2009

Tapestry of Prayer (Woven Here by You)

Tapestry of Prayer (Woven Here by You)

Sunday morning, and the sky was still black — save for the jewelry of lights on skyscrapers. I twisted through city streets, and headed north on Interstate 29. I had three hours to make it home. I could worship God here, in the city, but felt the pull toward home. I wanted a front-row ...

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