Category: The High Calling

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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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... Read More

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Wednesday 21st August 2013

#TellHisStory: Guest of Honor

#TellHisStory: Guest of Honor

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 5th March 2013

#TellHisStory: Neverlands and Promised Lands

#TellHisStory: Neverlands and Promised Lands

I’m sharing my #TellHisStory over at The High Calling today. It’s a story involves this good-looking farmer, and the crazy twists and turns that brought that law-school graduate and his newspaper reporter/wife back to the farm. Will you come on over by clicking here? I’d love ...

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Friday 1st March 2013

When You Need to Know That God Picked You (A Book Giveaway!)

When You Need to Know That God Picked You (A Book Giveaway!)

This is a story about two women who helped me believe that God could fulfill His purposes for my life. And this is a story about the same two women helping you believe in God’s purposes for your life.  My part in the story starts in 2010, when Ann reached an arm across the dinner table... ...

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Wednesday 30th January 2013

How To Live a Right-Side-Up Life

How To Live a Right-Side-Up Life

She tells me she doesn’t know how to go back—not after all that we’ve witnessed. And I tell her that going back might be impossible anyway. We can’t un-see what we’ve seen. She’s my 11-year-old daughter. And now, we sit in the silence, hundreds of miles from our comfortable life in Iowa, ...

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Wednesday 19th December 2012

Empty Stomach

Empty Stomach

  I have been happily checking off tiny boxes before we leave for Haiti next month: Schedule doctor visits. Pack suitcases. Distribute vaccine. But honestly, how does a parent adequately prepare two girls—ages 11 and 8—for an up-close encounter with abject poverty? Will you join me at The ...

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