Being Real, Global Impact, Mobilizing, Prayer

Spend Yourself in Prayer

Crucified upside down. Staked. Burned alive. Torn apart by lions. Skinned alive. Shot. Beheaded. Tortured. No one wants to read that. No one wants to actually believe people are capable of things we hear, have studied in history, in the Bible, and now have seen on our screens. I’m with you. I’d rather run, hide, pretend it isn’t real and…

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Being Real

The Dangerous Search for Our True Self

I love my personality. However, there are things about it that I think “Huh. Wish I wasn’t like that”, and then in the next breath I’ll be all, “I really like that about me!” For instance, I can fly off the handle. I can go from a ho-hum, la-tee-da, I’m not doing much but fiddling around in my kitchen, to…

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Being Real, Bible thinkin', Holy Spirit, Prayer

God Talking

How many times have you sorta looked around after “hearing” something that might be from God and mumbled, chin down, in your chest, “Uhh, was that You or me?” Raise your hand. Me too. But, you see, I’ve come to the place when I know He is talking to me. I mean, I’ve come to a place (though His teaching…

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Being Real

Do Your Dreams Collide or Coincide with God’s?

I wrote a book. With the help of a publisher (and some of my dad’s cash) I actually have a real book you can hold in your hand. However, I’ve been rejected twice in the book world. Twice. Some would say that’s not very many times and that I should keep trying! Keep going! Do it again! But y’all, I…

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Being Real, Church, Global Impact

Round Tables Meant Engaging. Gag.

2004 I’m reluctantly taking a class called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. And by reluctantly, I mean I flat out don’t want to take it. JT took it and I don’t want to. And yet, I signed up. I drag myself to the church, keeping my eyes down in case Jesus was looking for people with bright eyes willing…

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Being Real, Family, Holy Spirit, Prayer

Depression, Control, and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year is nestled in the hills just outside Chattanooga, TN. Windy. Cold. Our little cabin pops and cracks as it allowed the wintery breeze breach its thin walls. Our Christmas music sings through the cabin while a fire lights the main room. Little feet run across the wood floors and up the stairs. Laughter fills the house. It’s…

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Being Real

Parents, ask yourself, “Will It Matter in College?”

When she was about thirteen years old, my oldest daughter wanted to dye her hair black. She wanted to dye it black. What? Black? Is she going Goth? Is she going Emo? Or is it Emu? Regardless, I knew black wasn’t going to be awesome. However, the whole color-your-hair things didn’t really bother me because I knew it would grow…

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Being Real

Kids and Fits and How to Make it Stop

How many times have you seen it? The helpless, ragged mom in the store looking down at a the flailing child on the floor who seems to think that mom saying no to him is just not going fly. The fit is thrown. Awesome. What about your own kitchen floor? Ever seen one of your children getting a good look…

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