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Choose rest or have it chosen for you

On a run toward the tail end while I huffed my way through a park and felt the sweat drip down my forehead, I chatted with God. The subject? A frenetic, crazy-busy life. It amazes me how deliberate I’ve been about paring down my life. And yet, even so, I find myself back in the […]

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Andi Ashworth: Folks, we’ve lost our connection to each other.

I had the privilege of meeting Andi Ashworth at Mount Hermon a year ago when her husband, recording artist Charlie Peacock, spoke to writers. They’ve helped pioneer Art House America, and now have a branch near me in Dallas! Lots of discussions and artsy interaction happens there, all in a Jesusy context. Recently I picked […]

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From Pessimism to Optimism 1: I am happiest when …

I’ve worried whether I’d be a pessimist for the rest of my life. But, oddly, after our time in France, something paradoxical happened. I became strangely positive. But then I read the book Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, and took a little test that bothered my little paradigm. Even though I felt […]

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Am I wrong to whine about money? Probably.

I spoke to a friend who had something I’ve long wanted. I don’t covet what she has. I know we can’t afford it. I’m thankful she can have it. But instead of being quiet, I said out loud, “I’ve wanted one, but I can’t afford it.” Those words have been swirling around in my head […]

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Greased, hairless, wrathful cat

I’m writing a spiritual warfare book, as many of you know. Although I have it mapped out and well researched, writing it has become much like trying to wrestle a greased, hairless, wrathful cat. Hairless because those type of cats just freak me out (as does the book). Greased because it’s not easy to grab […]

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Leah Taylor’s Thin Place: Oh, snap! He ain’t here!

Welcome to the first Saturday installment of Share Your Thin Place Story at MaryDeMuth.com. Leah Taylor recounts her experience from this year’s She Speaks Conference. Take a minute to let her story encourage you then stop by her site, Leah Taylor Ministries,┬áto say hi. Remember, if you have a Thin Place Story you’d like to […]

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Do women have an on/off switch for our busy brains?

Do women have an on/off switch for our busy brains?

As women, we carry so much. And not physically, though I’ve carried my share of babies, toddlers, hurting kids, etc. I’m talking about what’s inside our brains. Pretty much chaotic craziness. I truly don’t know how my hubby would survive without me. I hold so much in my database–bank statements, shot schedules, household chores, what’s […]

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Do women have an on/off switch for our busy brains?

As women, we carry so much. And not physically, though I’ve carried my share of babies, toddlers, hurting kids, etc. I’m talking about what’s inside our brains. Pretty much chaotic craziness. I truly don’t know how my hubby would survive without me. I hold so much in my database–bank statements, shot schedules, household chores, what’s […]

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Speaking Vs. Busy Family

I love to speak. Love to share what Jesus is doing in my heart and life. There was a time when I aggressively pursued speaking engagements, believing them to be my pathway to more book sales. While speaking is probably the best way to sell books, I soon got overwhelmed with travel and preparations. As […]

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Community: Idolizing, Experiencing Disillusionment, now Embracing?

Community: Idolizing, Experiencing Disillusionment, now Embracing?

We moved to France to plant a church. We knew we’d be having folks in our house all the time. We knew we’d be hosts. And all that turned out to be very true. For a long time, we reveled in community, but then it became messy. So messy that it strangled us. At the […]

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