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I never heard much about Lent as a kid. It wasn’t something my church taught or my parents modeled. It was more something I heard snatches of now and then when random people said things like, “Chocolate? No, I gave that up for Lent.” Now and then I wondered if it was something I should be doing, but that thought usually drifted away. This year we scheduled a Grace Gathering for Wednesday, February 10. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it except in a conversation with a young mom, she told me she probably couldn’t come to GG because Lent started that day. For …

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So I’m surfing Pinterest the other day, and up pops this pin called “6 things your wife is always thinking about.” “Okay, I’ll bite,” I thought, “I’m curious what they think we wives think about all day long.” It was a pretty harmless post about how a wife is often thinking what to cook for dinner, if the kids are okay, how she looks, or how to keep her man happy. Nothing too earth shattering. When I scrolled down to the comments, though, my mouth dropped open. Of the 50 there, most of the people were highly offended and railing on the blogger. You had the irate: sounds …

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Last Wednesday’s Grace Gathering was a joy: the coffee shop, the women, and the topic. This month we gathered around the theme, Got Girlfriends? How to navigate the tricky waters of where to find ‘em, how to keep ‘em, and when to let ‘em go. Yup, it's a mouthful, and it made for intriguing stories and discussion. We started the evening with Lynn Beaver’s story of what she’s learned about friendship in recent years. With a job as a professional listener, she’s discovered that one of the things she desires most is personal friends who ask about her and then listen. That resonated with …

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Did you make any resolutions yet or did you decide to skip that this year? Yeah, me too. I’m skipping ‘em. I’ve been there, done that, and frankly, I’m just tired of it all. It seems like resolutions are just one big guilt fest for me. I don’t exercise more or stick to a new daily schedule or go to bed earlier for more than a month or two. Then I feel bad every time I’m NOT doing what I promised myself I WOULD do. Honestly, I don’t need that kind of guilt in my life. So for a while I tried the goals route. …

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December rarely looks like you think it will – at least at my house. How about yours? Do you ever feel like I do -- that with the lists and expectations and duties, holiday season can seem less magical and Hallmark-ish than we'd hoped? Just this week I had an aha about the Christmas crazy, thanks to some time away from home, somebody's prayer, and a time-freeze moment. Here’s what happened . . .

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I have a not-so-secret obsession.  I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t seem to help it. I am compelled to collect words -- especially quotations. There’s just something about stumbling over a thoughtful phrase that perfectly describes something I know to be true (and could never say as prettily) that thrills my little heart! Here’s a recent favorite: I complained about this recently to a friend, this disconnect between who we are and how others perceive us. I said: “The trouble is, I’m a fish, but everyone thinks I’m a rabbit.” The friend just looked me in the eye and said: “Then why do you surround yourself with people who can only give you …

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Have you ever considered that we answer the question “Who am I?” multiple times a day in our heads? From wife to business owner to cook to bird watcher, we tell ourselves who we are over and over. And after a while whatever we say sticks with us -- for better or for worse. Here's the true story of a girl who thought her identity was one thing until God showed her it was bigger and more beautiful than she'd first thought! *P.S. I’m excited to introduce our new video series on Mistaken Identity. Stay tuned for more fun to come!

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Ever find yourself feeling out of place? Maybe it’s somewhere you’ve been before – a lot of times even – but now you’re feeling misfit. In the wrong spot. Like a square peg with worn-smooth edges that don’t quite fit comfortably anymore. That happened to me not too long ago. I was sitting in a monthly meeting—one I’ve enjoyed for over half a year – when the headache started. This headache didn’t feel like your typical “Eat something now, silly, ‘cuz we’re gettin’ cranky” or “Just letting you know the pollen count is high today!” This one felt different. I sat through the meeting, …

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There’s a question that’s been tickling the back of my mind lately. Okay, full disclosure it’s closer to a full-blown siren than Elmo. It’s only four words long, and every time it surfaces my eyes crinkle a little, my mouth quirks, and I pause for a second. How the Question Found Me It began when a #1 New York Times Best Seller found me at Costco a few weeks ago, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. To be honest, I picked up the book because of the red, round sticker proclaiming “3 million copies sold.” If that number's true, there’s gotta be something worth reading in …

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I just flipped the magazine open to a random page on my way to the trashcan, and my eyes caught on a faded blue box with a cow silhouette. Perfect tagline for a business called Rogue Creamery, don’t you think? Especially one that just so happens to be a first place winner of the US Championship Cheese competition, where their Crater Lake Blue wheel stole the show! But despite the supreme love of cheese I share with the mustached, smiling owner, it was the dreams part of the ad that resonated most. My mind begged to fill in its own answer. I followed my dreams. They …

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