Being Real, Holy Spirit, Teaching

Wanting a Pacifier God

“She’s lost her paci again.” These words have been uttered who knows how many times in all the years we’ve been raising kids. The never-ending hunt for a paci plagues most parents with babies who love those darling, wonderful peace-saving pieces of rubber! Whoever invented the paci should get a Nobel Peace Prize, or at least a firm slap on the back.…

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Family

I Don’t Want My Kids to Be Their Best Self

Counter-cultural title isn’t it? Sounds like I don’t want my kids to be awesome and amazing and stand out and be successful. Truthfully? I don’t. In a society where the best rises to the top and the others are left scrambling trying to gain altitude with those we see as successful, I, as a parent and someone who follows Christ,…

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Being Real

Three Easy Ways to Make Your Kids Feel Awesome

I have four kids whose ages span from 16 to 5. Three girls and one boy. It doesn’t matter their age or their gender, here are three things work to make my kids feel like they are special and unique. And they will work for you. (Side note: I don’t have the corner market on these three things, and I…

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Being Real

The Third Week and Other Emotional Upheavals

Men, just, well, read if you want. When I am about 10 days away from starting my, you-know-what, that war between rationality and emotional upheaval ensues. We women simply cannot help it. If you’re like me, those 7-10 days leading up to what we casually call our “period”, can take a normal, everyday person and turn them into a lip-biting,…

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Being Real, Health, Holy Spirit

When Fear Pounces and Joy Unfolds

I didn’t want to take showers anymore because I knew that I would find something wrong. I would start the water and my stomach would fill with the little knives of anxiety. My heart race, my breath shorten. Somewhere along the way on my road of depression and grief, I had developed a trigger that said, “You get in and…

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Church, Global Impact, Holy Spirit, Mobilizing, Prayer

Why We Don’t Pray

I’ve sat silent before God, unable or unwilling to talk. He’s been in my heart’s peripheral, while being on my blog’s front page, my next tweet, my sunset Instagram. I lift my hands before him in church, and then find myself looking around to see if anyone else has their hands up. Losers with your hands in your pocket! Don’t…

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