The 5 things you CAN control in a broken relationship


In anticipation of the Restory Conference coming up, I’ve written a post about the helplessness (and need for control) we may feel when navigating a difficult relationship. This year’s conference will deal with your relationships, and I’m SO excited to share some amazing stories of people who have overcome in this area of their lives. […]

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Green Cat Pancakes and the death of Nana


My maternal grandmother, Nana, died last night at 11:30 Pacific time. I found out this morning from my mom while I was in an altogether different timezone, still hugging the Pacific, but from the Hawaii side. And honestly, because I’m not there, it’s hard for me to wrap my heart around her passing. How can […]

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Why I’m Asking for Signatures


I’ve been feeling burdened for people who have walked through a friendship breakup. And I believe this book should have a wide distribution, which is why I’m pursuing traditional publishing. In order to convince publishers of the need, I’m doing something novel: starting a petition. In doing so, I want to raise awareness that it […]

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Julia at 19


Dear Julia, I still see you in your crib, a tangle of white-blond fluff for hair, taking breaths in and out. I remember all those times you broke your arm(s), which clearly showed me you were and are a girl of adventure. I see you in a snowsuit in Texas on a rare day of […]

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What’s your corncob?


When our youngest, Julia, was two, she broke her arm, thus inaugurating her era of arm breaking. The first break involved a corncob. She sat on her big girl chair, vice-gripping said corncob like it was gold, and she a hungry prospector. Butter dripped between her fingers, and she smiled. “My corn,” she said. Except […]

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When Rapists WIN

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I’m watching the Netflix series The Keepers right now, and halfway through, I’m sad. Sad because, wow, sexual abuse has always been a problem, and as long as powerful people get away with it, powerful systems will seek to cover it up, revictimizing victims. It’s sickening. The documentary looks into the killing of a young […]

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Lori’s messy parenting journey

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I’m thankful to have Lori Wildenberg, author of her parenting book, Messy Journey. In it she shares her own journey with a wayward child, offering resources and hope for other parents with similar stories. I have the privilege of interviewing her here today. Here’s Lori:   And here’s her latest book: How would you describe […]

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Mentoring Intensive OPEN for registration!

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I’m excited to announce registration for the July Mentoring Intensive is OPEN. Just click here to find out more information and register. Of the 15 spots, five are accounted for, so please register soon before it sells out. Testimonies of past attendees +I received a fresh vision for my writing ministry and career. +I am […]

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When God Rewrites Your Story


Today I’m grateful for Meadow Rue Merrill who shares a story so achingly beautiful I devoured her book in one sitting. You really ought to pick it up. Here it is: Today Meadow gives us a glimpse into her family’s life as they adopted little Ruth. Meadow’s Story: The day we adopted our daughter Ruth […]

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What happened to holiness?


Holiness means set apart, to be different. But as I scan the landscape of the church, so often I see sameness with our culture. The divorce rate is the same. People are sleeping together before marriage without so much as a blink of conscience. You see Christians swindling others (one stole our house when we […]

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