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Facebook Friends and “Secret Sins”

Facebook Friends and “Secret Sins”

Yesterday, to ease my guilt and get a few laughs, I put up a confession on my Facebook page. It read, True confession: I threw away a bunch of Easter candy in the trash so I wouldn’t eat it. Then later I took it back out again and ate it. It was true. I actually did...

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I Used to Hate Women

I Used to Hate Women

I used to hate women. I honestly did. Well, hate is a pretty strong word. But it does encompass other strong emotions, like fear, intimidation, and distrust. I was always uncomfortable around them. I felt unsafe. Invisible—and at times, exposed. The sad memory of that...

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Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

This week’s post is the last installment of a three-part series on lessons I learned from my stay in a 30-day residential treatment center. This week, I’m especially pumped to share something extremely practical and hands-on. A plan. A tool you can create (or create...

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Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 2

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 2

Thanks so much to all of you who read, shared, commented on, and encouraged me about last week’s post. While mental illness isn’t the easiest thing in the world to talk about, it’s so important. For one thing, it’s more prevalent than you might think. The National...

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Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

I could hardly believe the words that came spilling out of my mouth: “Can you find me a residential treatment center?  A Christian one?” Within minutes of blurting that out, my husband found me just such a place–one that specializes in mental health issues–and he...

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Dying to My Old Self: A Eulogy

Dying to My Old Self: A Eulogy

I’ve spent a lifetime pursuing emotional and spiritual wholeness, and I’ve come to learn that it’s pretty near impossible to find that kind of life without first experiencing death. No one likes death and dying, but they are necessary processes to get rid of the old...

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Sunday’s Coming

Sunday’s Coming

You can begin again.All creation declares this truth; even the very seasons themselves make this claim again and again as a reminder. Here, in the Northeast, winters can feel intolerably long, and the closer we come to spring, the more painful and intolerable each...

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Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

Adoption, Faith, and Radical Obedience

“Those children are yours.” I stood, somewhat frozen, with terrified assurance that it was God speaking to me. I had hiked nearly an hour up a steep jungle hill to reach the clearing where two little children and their dilapidated mud hut stood. They weren’t exactly...

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Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment

During a routine checkup, the doctor detected a heart murmur in one of my daughters. I tried to alleviate her fears by telling her that I have one too, and they are rarely a cause for worry. I also told her she might need an echocardiogram, which would display an...

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When Leaders Abuse, Your Response Matters

When Leaders Abuse, Your Response Matters

The subject at hand has been churning inside me at an ever-increasing speed and intensity. Every day brings to light another prominent leader who has done or said egregious things with little apparent remorse. One has to wonder if the Lord himself isn’t flushing these...

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Why You Need Creativity In Your Life

Why You Need Creativity In Your Life

Hold on, there. Don’t click away. I’m talking to you, and yes, you are creative. If you’ll give me a few minutes and your patience to get through this post, I’m going to tell you why creativity is so vital to a thriving Christian life, and why you are equipped for it...

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New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

While I love the Christmas season, I’ve come to realize that I love the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Day even more. There’s peace in having come through the previous season (and year) intact. There’s an anticipation–a hopeful expectation–of what’s ahead,...

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Can We Handle the Truth?

Can We Handle the Truth?

A fire is burning in me, and I have to say that it’s an angry sort of fire. Outrage. Righteous indignation. Absolute horror and disgust at not only what has surfaced in the news lately, but the response to it by many fellow Christians. In the wake...

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Stop Striving and Start Thriving

Stop Striving and Start Thriving

We live in an insanely fast-paced world. Most of us barely finish one thing before careening into the next. On top of that, there’s an awful lot of pressure to not only succeed, but to look amazing while you’re doing it. Like it’s no big thing. Pinterest-worthy baby...

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The Deepest Longing of Your Heart, Answered

The Deepest Longing of Your Heart, Answered

What does your heart most need to hear right now? What do you wish the Father would whisper right into the depths of your being? Quiet yourself down for just a moment and search inside for the answer to those questions. Maybe what you’re longing for is right there on...

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An Open Letter of Encouragement (To Myself)

An Open Letter of Encouragement (To Myself)

How many of you out there could use a little encouragement right now? Who's your go-to when you need it? There are many sources we could (or should) turn to when our hearts could use a lift. Like your friends, your family members, your spouse. And the Lord, of course....

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Should Every Christian Adopt?

Should Every Christian Adopt?

November is National Adoption Month here in the US. That might not mean much to you now, but I'm going to tell you why it should. And, I'm going to challenge you to think a little more (and maybe a little differently) about what it means to adopt. First, a little...

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Whatever You’re Facing Now…Joy is Coming

Whatever You’re Facing Now…Joy is Coming

Yesterday, my son got married. We all sat outside on a beautiful autumn day, watching the colored leaves fall like confetti behind him and his bride as they exchanged their vows. Every real-life detail seemed to have emerged from a fairy tale story. It was the kind of...

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This Template Will Change the Way You Pray

This Template Will Change the Way You Pray

Ever feel like when you sit down to pray your mind instantly wanders? Or you feel so overwhelmed by your life you don't even know where to start? Me too. Turns out, you and I are not alone--and this is hardly a new problem. Though our modern lives are full of...

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How to Find a Hope That Won’t Disappoint You

How to Find a Hope That Won’t Disappoint You

The subject of hope has come up more than a few times this week, which usually leads me to believe God is up to something. Well, of course he's up to something...he's God. Anyway, hope is an emotionally-charged word for some people. It has been for me. I've had a sort...

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No Offense, But You Offend Me

No Offense, But You Offend Me

Ever hear someone start off their sentence with, "No offense, but..." and you KNOW they're about to say something offensive next? It's a common opening line for a person who's already offended at you, armed and ready to drop some judgmental truth bomb. And before...

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3 Sneaky Things That (Secretly) Become Idols

3 Sneaky Things That (Secretly) Become Idols

"I worship idols." Now there's a sentence I never thought I would utter. Yet, it's true--I do. It's probably true for all of us most of the time. I'm not suggesting that I have little statues I bow down to, or good luck charms in my pocket. I love Jesus, and I live...

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Dear God: I Love You But I’m Busy

Dear God: I Love You But I’m Busy

If this title were an anthem, I'd be singing that song all day. I don't know about you, but most days I am so busy I hardly stop long enough just to catch my breath. At any given time, I am juggling working, studying, housekeeping, kid-raising, taxi-driving, wife-ing,...

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Desperate to Belong: Confessions of a Former Insider

Desperate to Belong: Confessions of a Former Insider

I have a confession to make.  After going through all of my school years as the nerdy, prudish, goody-two-shoes type of kid nobody really liked, I finally became one of the 'popular girls.' At church.  That was never my goal, but it happened. I met this incredible...

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