Category: The High Calling

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Saturday 10th January 2015

The Power of Three Words: Help Me, God

holy spirit, intercession, prayer

“Help me, God.” When it comes to prayer, sometimes that’s all I’ve got. Maybe you feel that, too? Maybe you feel that all you’ve got is a small prayer, with too-few words. The good news is this: You have much, much more than you can ever imagine. You have the Holy Spirit in ...

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Sunday 4th January 2015

What You Need to Know as You Head Back to Work Tomorrow

God With Us

So, here we are, on the front edge of a brand new year. For many of us, tomorrow begins a new year at work — whether that work happens in an office, on the road, on the farm, at a school, or right in your home. Here’s what we need to know about our work […]

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Monday 6th October 2014

When You Feel Like Your Life Lacks Real Purpose and Meaning

farmers feed the world

Many years ago, Scott and I went through a difficult period where we felt like the daily work of our lives was so mundane, so dreadfully tedious, that it lacked true purpose. He was feeding pigs, changing tires, and fixing broken machinery. I was feeding babies, changing laundry loads, and ...

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Monday 23rd June 2014

Tell Us Your Best Vacation Story

Tell Us Your Best Vacation Story

This is the week when you help us make the whole Internet smell like coconut-y sunscreen. And campfire logs. And fresh-mown grass. It’s when you help us make the Internet sparkle like fireflies in June and fireworks in July. Stretch yourself out on your lawn, with that scratchy grass ...

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Wednesday 22nd January 2014

#TellHisStory: One Choice That Could Change Everything

#TellHisStory: One Choice That Could Change Everything

So. You’ve let your own approval rating get the best of you, have you? Yeah, I get that.  I know firsthand the dangers of scorecards and tally sheets. And I know how it can hold me back from doing good work in the world. But could we let it go? Could we lay down every […]

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Friday 22nd November 2013

Go Ahead. Live Your One Life.

Go Ahead. Live Your One Life.

Life will preach you a lesson, if you let it. And I don’t mean the kind of pulpit-pounding preachin’ that makes you see the cracks and the holes in who you are. But the kind of heart-pounding preachin’ that makes you see how the cracks are being filled. Present tense. This is what God is […]

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Wednesday 20th November 2013

#TellHisStory: The Hard Work of Saying Goodbye

#TellHisStory: The Hard Work of Saying Goodbye

My father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, a few weeks before the first tulips popped their glossy mouths open, toward the spring sky. Our daughters were six and three at the time, and they immediately asked us if “Bop”—as they called him—was going to die. The prognosis wasn’t good, ...

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Tuesday 22nd October 2013

#TellHisStory: Small Things Done With Great Love

These days, I hear a lot about how the church is failing people. How it’s too stodgy or irrelevant or happy-clappy or judgmental or legalistic or pick-your-favorite-adjective-and-insert-it-here. No doubt, the church has been one or all of those things for many people down through the ages. But ...

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Wednesday 18th September 2013

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for All the Second-Borns

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for All the Second-Borns

I loved you instantly, of course. It was the second time in my life that a delivery-room nurse had placed a wrinkled newborn girl in my arms. When my lips brushed across your cheek, I knew it would be a cinch to love you as much as I loved your big sister. But I knew I’d […]

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