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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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Summer Podcast Break


Just a brief note that the Restory Show (aka ME) will be taking a much needed summer break, particularly as I prepare for the Restory Conference in September. Please be praying that the Lord will bring just who HE wants to this conference. In Restory 2.0, the focus will be on relationships, how to restory […]

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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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Vote on your favorite banner


I’m excited to announce that the second annual Restory Conference will happen Saturday, September 16th from 9 am – 1 pm at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas. I would love to see you there! Registration is not yet open, but watch here for details. This is the Restory Conference 2.0, and the focus will […]

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A Huge Difference between Good Advice and the Good News


Patrick and I have lots of talks, and I’m grateful we land in the same place theologically (most times!). In the course of life, we come across messages given to audiences that stir us, cause us to repent or see the kingdom of God in a new light. These thrill us! I love pondering deeply […]

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How is your foundation?


Recently, I received a thoughtful email from my friend Susan Stanley. She is one of the most beautiful writers I know. I asked her permission to publish her words here because I know they will bless you. Dig Down Through the Muck by Susan Stanley One of my favoritest of favorite books I own is […]

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2017 Lenten Journey


The past few years, I’ve created an art piece every day during Lent. It was my way of creatively focusing on Jesus in the days up until Easter. My husband and I host a Seder meal at the culmination of our collective Lenten journeys, and it’s full of rich imagery and amazing fellowship. Originally I […]

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We Can Differ, But We Can Also Be Kind


There’s an older essay by David Aikman’s essay in Christianity Today entitled “Attack Dogs of Christendom: Is this how to bring grace and savor to a crumbling civilization?” The pull quote says it all: “No attribute of civilized life seems more under attack than civility.” Aikman’s article is about our infighting, how we as Christians […]

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“I am not failure.” Guest Post: Michele Cushatt


We all struggle with identity—who we are, why we are, and what we have to offer the world. (Lord knows I’ve struggled, which is why I wrote this book). About the time we find a scrap of worth or significance, something happens to make us fully aware of how much we lack. A harsh word. […]

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Why you need a personal manifesto


A few weeks ago on the Restory Show, Kathi Lipp shared about creating her own personal manifesto. She very kindly offered to give away the how-to. So I took her up on her generous offer and downloaded the very easy to follow instructions. I poured over her (and Cheri Gregory’s) words, then augmented with some […]

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