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Who Is My Neighbor?

I grew up in the 70s and 80s. My preschool days were filled with old school Sesame Street. You know, back before that cheerful little Elmo came along. Back when Cookie Monster gobbled cookies shamelessly, without worrying about carbs or gluten. Also on my preschool must-see-TV list — Romper Room. And since I was a…… Continue reading Who Is My Neighbor?

Faith · Family · Grace

To My Daughter, As You Graduate

For the past almost-19 years, I have been filtering the messages that bombard my children. Movies. Music. TV shows. Headlines. Textbooks. Sermons. All of it. I have attempted to provide the framework through which all of it is filtered and understood. And that framework is based on my ever-growing understanding of the Bible and of…… Continue reading To My Daughter, As You Graduate

Courage

Giving Up The Hustle

Courage. That’s my word for 2017, and it keeps coming up over and over again. I’m re-reading Brene’ Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, and I came across this reminder, “The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it…… Continue reading Giving Up The Hustle

Faith · Grace

Compelled By Love & Shaken Free

At this time in 2007, only 7 little years ago, my family had just taken a huge, scary plunge of faith. After thinking about it and praying about it and talking about it every which we way we could, we finally just did it. Patrick quit his job so we could work full-time with an international…… Continue reading Compelled By Love & Shaken Free

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Love – with all your broken, tattered heart, LOVE

Jesus was pretty clear about what he wanted his followers to do — love God and love other people. Over and over and over in the New Testament, we’re reminded to do everything in love, to be rooted in love, to bear with each other in love, to put on love like clothing, to spur…… Continue reading Love – with all your broken, tattered heart, LOVE

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My King & His Amazing Love

*originally posted March 25, 2013  Yesterday morning I stood in church singing, “You are my King. Jesus, You are my King.” As I sang, I imagined people lining a road into Jerusalem, laying down coats and palm branches for Jesus to ride over. I imagined their voices rising, “Hosanna! Blessed is the coming kingdom of David!” I imagined…… Continue reading My King & His Amazing Love

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Profound Love or Deep Hurt

Andy Stanley says there are two categories of people who influence us and form us into the people we become, “those who hurt you deeply and those who loved you profoundly.” In the past ten years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, speaking and writing about how we can make a positive impact on the…… Continue reading Profound Love or Deep Hurt