What Ever Happened to Sin?

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I’m going to come straight to the point: we don’t talk about sin anymore. We talk about brokenness and being messy, which is good. We talk about crushed Cheerios in our minivans or how we just can’t get to the gym. Maybe even about the truth of our hard days, and where we feel we don’t measure up. All good. …

Finding God in the Wilderness

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In March, I spoke at a women’s conference about finding God in unexpected journeys. I talked about the Israelites as they left Egypt (when a season isn’t the good you expected), wandered in the wilderness (when God makes you wait and you don’t know why), and experienced the promised land (when life is just the way you want it to …

The Insidiousness of “Busy”

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“I know you’re busy, but . . .” If I had a dollar for every time someone prefaced an invitation to me with this phrase, I could quit my job and live a life of leisure. Reality? Sometimes when someone says that to me, it’s simply not true. After hitting a wall last year, I have fought hard to eliminate hurry …

Rediscovering the ACTS prayer

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Raise your hand if, somewhere along the way, you learned the ACTS prayer? If you aren’t familiar with it, this acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. (because who doesn’t call prayer requests, “supplication?” As in, “I’m supplicating for you.” I’m going to start saying this). Whether intended or not, (and I’m sure it wasn’t), the first three felt to …

Learning To Be

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Late November, I hit a wall. A panic attack out of nowhere led me to spend a week in bed recuperating, watching Hallmark channel movies to the point where there was nothing else in my YouTube feed. (I know, they’re terrible, but everything works out in the end. It’s so comforting). The attack forced me to examine my life and …

Inward not Upward (guest post at Judy Douglass’s blog)

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I believe I have mentioned a leadership development time Erik and I went through many years ago called LEAF (Leadership Evaluation and Formation). It was, hands down, the most transformational experience of my life; I am a different person because of it. Recently, my friend Judy Douglass asked me to write some reflections for her series Jesus on Leadership from …

My Favorite Books of 2013

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I was going to write a “favorites of 2013” post and include things like a favorite movie, but then I realized I’ve barely seen any movies. I also couldn’t think of other favorite things, except maybe people, but that felt awkward to post publicly. So I just decided to go with what I know best – books. I’m like a …