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Wanting God Uncages Us {Guestpost by Lisa Whittle}

I’m so happy/joyful/excited to share with you my dear friend Lisa Whittle. Oh how I love her. Here we are, being friends:


She has a new book out, I Want God, that is a beauty. It’s challenging, amazing, and life altering.


I love how Lisa equates our wanting more of God to FREEDOM. And this blog and little spot on the interwebs is exactly about this. So, here, meet Lisa and her words:

It happens to me sometimes when I…

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God will be with you in cancer. Guest Post.

I’m grateful to have Vivian Mabuni with us today, sharing her very real struggle through breast cancer. I pray this chapter from her book Warrior in Pink blesses you. If you have a friend struggling with this painful diagnosis (or if you are), please pass it on, or take encouragement.

And Vivian has agreed to give one of you peeps a FREE BOOK! Simply comment below to be entered.


“And the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you….

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I’m Sick of Fame

At your funeral, you will not be known for your presence on a stage, but for little acts of seemingly unnoticed kindnesses. Click to tweet.

Dare to be small, friends. Dare to love when no one’s looking. Forget the platform. Forget the acclaim. Celebrity is a mirage, and a dangerous one at that. It impales your Christianity, saps you of your verve for Jesus, and makes you think You’re big when really only God is.

God looks at the heart, not the stature, not the splash, not the numbers, not the likes.

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How to Change the World: Be Messy You

I once had a friend tell me that I am too honest in my posts on the interwebs, that I needed to maintain my professional aura. Of course I do worry about Debbie Downer stalking me and being a crabby girl who is way too honest, but what I have discovered after writing over 2500 blog posts is that the posts that resonate the most with people are when I share my mess.

Why? I’m guessing it’s because my mess helps you not feel so dang alone about your own insecurities, worries, and stresses. My mess…

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A free Printable for your Fridge

I wrote these things hastily on Monday, realizing that I thought I knew so much as a kid, only to realize those things parents tell you are actually true (and that we have to learn them the hard way).

One of the things I’ve been doing lately (actually the past two years) is read the Proverbs every day. So much wisdom there. So much practicality. And many of these truths I write are informed by that two-year study.

Feel free to print this or share it or pin it. It’s a gift to you. And if you…

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The Secret of A Less Panicked Life

Have you ever given in to panic?

Boy howdy, have I. And it lead to fear-mongering in my heart and sin. Once, during a particularly vexing time when I faced an enemy of sorts, I panicked, retaliated in kind, and made a mess of things. My panic gave my “enemy” more fuel to hate me. Not a fun encounter, to be sure.

So I get panic.

I do panic.

I’ve languished in the land of panic.

But I don’t want to give into panic as I have in the past. Why? Read on.

Thankfully, God offers me a principle, a secret,…

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For those who shame-whip themselves

What if instead of berating ourselves for our failures and sins and besetting weaknesses, we remember that the sweetness of God informs our worth? What if instead of thinking, “God must be angry at me for all my struggles,” we think, “I am utterly grateful that He sees me as his beloved daughter/son. Nothing I do or don’t do changes His great affection for me.”

This is a game changer for me. Because my pattern has constantly been to knock myself over the head when I’ve failed, to yell at me like an angry, out of…

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You may never be popular {but that’s okay.}

I posted this on Facebook yesterday, and it blew up (in a good way.) So I wanted to share it here, with you, my faithful, sweet, praying readers. I pray these words of frailty reach your heart.

I’ve come to the conclusion that God is sovereign over my career/writing/ministry/speaking. He can do whatever He pleases, whether I sell another book or not, whether I speak again or not. He is best glorified in me when I’m entangled in the lives of others, praying for them, welcoming them, all in REAL LIFE.


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Three Stories of Awesome

Today is my friend Twilla’s birthday, though I cannot celebrate with her. She parties on heavenly beaches right now. I wonder if she’s encountered my friend Mike. Or Dr. Willhite.

My calendar reminds me of a standing appointment I have with a friend of mine, only our lives and calendars haven’t allowed for weekly meetings—more like quarterly. Carla is a beautiful woman, widowed several years ago. She struggles. She works hard. Her life is full of pain. But she maintains her soul and loves me in such a beautiful, humbling way.

Her husband was Jesus to me.

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Burning out for Jesus

(Note: I wrote this a few months ago on Deeper Story as I was on the brink of burnout. This summer I’m taking a Sabbatical to help me reframe and rethink my life. Prayers appreciated!)

I wish I didn’t have to write this post. It’s a bit embarrassing, hard to admit to. I’ve often prided myself on being the girl who Gets. Things. Done.

This has worked for me most of my life. With the exception when I lived overseas on the southern shores of France and I lost my personality, my wherewithal. There, I struggled…

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