Maybe you need to Sin

I was up late last night reading the memoir of a woman whose husband lost his faith right around the time their second child was born. She didn’t lose her faith, although it shifted quite a bit from the on-fire, anything for Jesus, we’re destined for greatness culture in which they spent their high school […]

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Prayer (in a time of) Crisis

I planned to write about prayer today, but I can’t pray. This hasn’t happened in a while. But it pops up often enough that I thought I’d mention it rather than sweeping it under the rug and doing a cut/paste post from one of the dozens of talks I’ve given on this subject during easier […]

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How (and why) would I read the Bible?

It’s a fair question. It’s a complicated book. Here are my thoughts on why it’s so very worth the effort. I love the Bible. It took me quite a while to get a handle on it. And yet when you dive in and ask for God’s help, something supernatural kicks in.  It’s inspiring and exciting, […]

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On a personal note…

We should talk about heaven. Yesterday I wrote a whole post about the upside of following Jesus without mentioning heaven, because until recently, heaven seemed more like a “bonus with purchase” add-on item than the reason I invested faith in the first place. I have crystal clear memories of how frustrated I’d get whenever a […]

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Do we really need the Jesus part?

Do we really need the Jesus part of faith? In a word, Yes. I know, I know. But stick with me … Yesterday we talked about the truth that God loves us. That He created us and is exceedingly pleased with His excellent work. But I also hinted at the reality that just three chapters […]

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The thing about God is…

The thing about God is…He loves you. He does. Sometimes saying something in different ways makes it easier to believe, so try this: read each of the next three lines, moving the emphasis to where the CAPS are: God LOVES me. GOD loves me. God loves ME. Not matter how you say it, there is […]

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How I’m getting through

I made a mistake yesterday. I was in the grocery store, and I turned my cart the wrong way down one of the aisles that have now been designated THIS WAY and DO NOT ENTER to keep us safe as we procure food in quarantine. A woman blocked me with her cart and yelled at […]

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My Epitaph, from an 8 year old

  An 8 year old friend at our church gave this mug to me last night at Life Group. Isn’t it adorable? Since then, I keep thinking, “If that’s what it says on my tombstone someday, I’ll have done alright…” Until recently, I have given no thought whatsoever to what I would want carved in […]

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The Rest of Yesterday’s Story

Yesterday I had a bit of a rant. I wasn’t sure whether or not to post it. It had the potential to come across as full-on ungratefulness for all I have, and I am astoundingly blessed. It hasn’t been that long since I felt astoundingly NOT blessed (to the point where Steve and I actually […]

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The Story of Our Staycation

In an Easter miracle that feels every bit proportional to Jesus rising from the dead, we managed to pull off a school vacation that didn’t suck. I am awed and grateful. I’m not even sure how to describe it, so I’ll just post a bunch of pictures with a few words to record this moment […]

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