Hope, One Word

On Fear And Hope

And here’s how desire becomes corrupt: wanting derails into selfishness, greed and demanding ingratitude when we’ve failed to reorganize and receive the good that God has already given. Trust is at the center of holy desire: trust that God is good and wills good for his people. We trust in asking; we trust in receiving.…

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Refine Retreat, Thanksgiving

Laying Low

We just got home last evening from Refine {the retreat}. I want to thank you all SO MUCH for your prayers and encouragement in the months, weeks, days, hours and even minutes before we started. I am truly overwhelmed by the whole experience and don’t feel my words are adequate at this moment to really…

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Sacrifice

My Sister, My Hero

My belly expanded with my first pregnancy all those months, while she slept underneath a humvee all the way around the world from us. It was the beginning of the war, and so many other things we hadn’t imagined. We plastered the flag all over our cars and we rallied, that we would “never forget.” …

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Living for Christ

When You Want To Live Boldly

Last week, my friend celebrated her birthday. I’m sure you read about it, because over 12 THOUSAND people shared her words on facebook alone–myself included.  When she posted the day before, about how they were going to blitz their town with gifts, that rumbling that I’ve been feeling beneath the surface lurched inside, and I felt the…

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Giving Thanks

Because God Never Abandons Us

I had another dream about the devil this weekend–this one, less frightening than the last. I’m a vivid dreamer and so when these kinds of dreams ripple the calm of my sleep, I’m not usually surprised. This one in particular had some interesting symbolism, (most of which I won’t share here because to you, it would make…

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Giving Thanks

What Carries You Through The Unknown

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 I woke the other morning just as the wings clipped a pole and sheered clean off of the plane I rode on. An unknown,…

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Growth

Waiting For A Spark

It rained for 4 straight days. Then, the sun showed it’s face, and hung around to warm our backs. We spent the last 2 weeks pitching our tent in hotels and family homes. Most moments were entirely ordinary. We moved slowly, talking long and doing little. Intentionally. I remember that I don’t move slow enough.…

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Vlogs

I woke up with my 3 year old next to me,  telling me how much she loved my hugs. As I laid there debating getting up and writing with my beloved Five Minute Friday community, her snuggles won out, and I couldn’t see any good reason to get out of bed and miss that time with her–not…

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