How to get Pray Every Day on your Phone

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First, look at your phone. What kind of phone is it? This is important! To subscribe: Open up this post on your phone. (Well, you probably already have. Sorry for redundancies). Or, if you are interested in another podcast, simply google the name and find the website where it’s hosted. For instance, I like Daily […]

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Are You Fatherless? That time #thisisus Triggered Me

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When Jack died on This is Us this week, I didn’t expect to tear up. Not that I’m an emotionless robot, but it’s been 40 years of fatherlessness for me, and I expected to be ho hum during the episode. But the tears erupted. And I once again knew this: you never outgrow your need […]

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Displaced Loyalty and #churchtoo

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When I rallied enough gumption to tell my babysitter, a person in authority (at least over me), that teenage boys were raping me, she let me think she would take care of the problem. But the next day the boys took me away to do what they were wont to do to me that kindergarten […]

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Jesus loved me when…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my brokenness lately, how flawed I am, how confused and difficult I’ve been in the past, how there have been far too many times I’ve been dramatic in my life. I am far too hard on myself. My friends say so. My husband and kids, too. I introspect. And […]

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EXCITED!

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Something very fun is happening today! I’m launching a shorter-format podcast where I pray for you every single day of the year. (Prayers appreciated for endurance!) The idea originated from my author marketing mastermind group when we had our yearly gathering.  And it’s connected to my latest book, Jesus Every Day. But, really, the passion […]

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The Word that Stopped my Heart

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A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a friend in the publishing industry. He’s a veteran of publishing, a few years my senior. We caught up. We talked shop. But then he asked me what he could pray for. “Pray for my discouragement in this industry,” I asked. (And he must’ve prayed like the […]

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Why We Can’t Bury #ChurchToo

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We love to live in a world we understand, where children are not preyed upon, where we can trust our leaders. We would rather pretend all is well than confront what is reality. I wish this was the reality: churches as safe places. While that is often true, it’s not always true. (Thankfully, ministries like […]

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How to Pray Scripture

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In my latest book, Jesus Every Day, I walk you through verses from every book of the Bible, then invite you to pray those Scriptures. So how does one do that? How do you read a verse or two, then pray them back? Here’s an example from Romans 1:1 “This letter is from Paul, a […]

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God welcomes your negative emotions

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Yesterday I had the privilege of posting a devotion on Proverbs 31 about honesty with God. I shared about the time I hollered at Him after an ectopic pregnancy. Hundreds of comments poured in, and I read every one. Today as I responded to one of them, I realized something. I thought of some of […]

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You’re not Doomed

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Recent studies highlight the effects of childhood trauma, abuse, neglect and sexual abuse on people long after they experienced the events. Long into adulthood, childhood victims share some common traits: Prone to develop depression Cognitive distortion (seeing the world as a dangerous place) Tendency to entertain suicide Anxiety disorders Physical illness Difficulty in relationships Control […]

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