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18 Reasons Why Julia Rocks!


Today is my daughter Julia’s birthday. She’s 18 years old. She’s a graduate, a friend, a daughter, a chef, a beautiful human being. Happy birthday, Julia! Here are 18 reasons why you rock! She is probably one of the most empathetic people I know. Similarly, she is keenly aware of people’s moods. She can read […]

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Very intriguing Stretch Goal


Today is the last day for the Restory Conference funding campaign. I’m so grateful that it’s been funded. Wow. Humbled doesn’t seem to convey how I feel. I’m grateful beyond words. Thank you to all of you who helped fund a dream. The campaign ends tonight at midnight. We’ve added one stretch goal–If we reach […]

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5 things joblessness taught me


Well, it’s not my joblessness. It’s my husband’s. We’ve been without his job since January now, and we’re learning so much. (Aside: As a writer, I don’t make enough to cover our expenses, so when he lost his job, it was particularly alarming). Oddly, and thankfully, I am grateful for this time. It’s helped me […]

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The Pooping Squirrel Principle


It has never happened in my entire life. In fact, I never thought it was a thing. I mean, I know they do it. Every animal does, right? Even people do. But squirrels? A few weeks ago on a walk, I noticed a stationary squirrel. And guess what he/she was doing? Yep, pooping. It was […]

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My Favorites: Lenten art 2016


I’ve continued my practice from last year of creating something rather than giving up something for Lent. For us, the Lent season started with loss, as my husband lost his job (and we continue walking in that reality). So much of what I processed with art had to do with worry, surrender, trusting God, and […]

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The Day I Met Jesus–Just $1.99


I’m grateful Baker Books is running a promotion on the book I wrote with Frank Viola entitled The Day I Met Jesus. It’s just in time to download for Easter! Learn about five encounters with Jesus, told through the eyes of women. These are actual women from the New Testament, women with stories and heartaches […]

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Hurting? Find someone to Encourage


Last week I had one of those DAYS. A day where circumstances went zonkers and my fragile heart (from our circumstances of late) nearly broke. In that moment, I remembered the advice of someone, somewhere on the Internet. May have been a meme. Might have seen it on Instagram. I’m not sure. But it went […]

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Apply for the Worth Living Launch Team


I’m looking for a few women (yeah, sorry guys, but this is a book written exclusively for girls) to help me launch my upcoming book, Worth Living. The launch team has been selected!

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That time I gave up


It probably sounds cliche. But during last week’s worship service, the words “I surrender all” flashed on the screen, and suddenly I had to stand and raise my hands and actually MEAN the words. I surrender all. My reputation. My writing. My control. My speaking. My relationships. My finances. My future. My, my, my. They […]

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When Life is a Shotgun


We’ve been walking on the road of joblessness for a month now. The call came suddenly, completely left field. And we’re wondering what it all means. My husband has been the breadwinner all these years, married to a writer who can’t always make a living with words. In that way, he’s been my patron of […]

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