Being Real

Burn Your Spiritual Disciplines List

I quickly determined that it wasn’t the most popular elective as I looked at the other four or five people in the room. We sat in what seemed like the top attic of the college campus we were on for our summer youth camp at Christ in Youth. The room had the A-frame ceiling complete with a small circular widow…

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Abused. Raped. Robbed.

There are a few ways something can be stolen:  1. Violently. An intruder breaks the window, or door, or picks the lock and decides that what’s yours is theirs and you better not get in the way. 2. Artfully. Said intruder takes time and learns the art of stealing from an unsuspecting victim. Maybe a sly slip in the back…

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Ten Tips to Make you KIDS Feel Like Losers

Teaching about Ten Tips to Make Your Husband Feel Like A Loser was a win. So many of you learned so much from me that I thought I’d tag on about our kids. Now, this is a little bit easier to accomplish. Kids are resilient, right? They can take some things we dish out. Besides, they will only grow from…

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Blunt Force Trauma

image credit It was war. Ugly war.  A planned hand-to-hand-duke-it-out-fight-to-the-death had started. Two guys, Asahel and Abner were slotted to fight each other. But they didn’t just duke it out. Something else happened. Read this from 2 Sam 2: . Now Asahel was fleet-footed as a wild gazelle. Abner said to him, “Turn aside to the right or the left…” But Asahel would not stop…

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When Holy Burdens Become Wholly Burdens

We wept on the floor of my friend’s home late one evening. She had recently gone through a divorce and just found out someone else was going through the same thing. The weight of the crisis pressed us closer to the floor and deeper in prayer. We begged God for redemption and reconciliation, something that hadn’t come to my friend’s…

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Being Real, Friendship

Fake Grace is No Grace

Let’s be honest, we don’t all get along. We don’t all like each other. We don’t all gel and laugh until our stomachs hurt, and we can’t all be in the tight circles we all want. Some people get on my nerves. Some people say dumb things. Some people just don’t mesh with other people. There is a definite responsibility…

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#nofilter

I love following those people on Instagram who really know how to put a house together and then photograph it to make it look like a magazine. You know who I’m talking about, right? They don’t mean to make us feel like our homes are colorless and boring, but sometimes when I compare (death word) my home to others, mine can…

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Things I say to Myself

If people in your church knew what you thought about you could never lead again. You’re too angry, too sad, too judgmental. Go ahead and fake it, but you really know who you are. We are our worst critics, our worst enemy. We say things to ourselves that we would never, ever say to someone else. Conversations in our heads.…

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