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The Way You Carry It

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It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it. -C.S. Lewis A friend recently told me, “When I saw on instagram everything you’ve been up to, I was exhausted just seeing it!” She was complimenting me, commending my ability to hustle and “get it done”. Instagram has a way of making us all seem more put together, successful, and let’s face it, more photogenetic than we are. That said, when you put the highlight reel…

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The 365 Plan

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When I first began following Jesus, a youth worker at my local church handed me a Bible and a devotional called “10 Challenges of a World Changer” by Ron Luce. She encouraged me to find time everyday to read the devotional and the corresponding Bible passages, and to expect God to speak to me as I did these two simple things. That began my decades long love-affair with the Word of God. Over the years, my practice of daily devotions…

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Mid-Terms Are Over. Now What?

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It was fast approaching 11pm on Tuesday night, and even though I was wiped from a full day of meetings, I sat huddled under my bedcovers glued to my phone screen watching the latest poll results coming in. I wasn’t alone. With heated campaigns and too-close-to-call projections, millions of Americans found themselves tuned into the election like a political Super Bowl that had just gone into overtime. Would the House flip? What affect will the results of the election have…

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We Didn’t Have Sex until Our Wedding Night

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When I first met my husband, I had no idea he would be the man who would put a ring on it. I didn’t know how much he would open my heart to new possibilities and change my life. I just thought he had enough charm to win over a room, wit to know what he was talking about, a great sense of style, and a killer smile (it still makes me swoon even though it has been over two…

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Why I Ugly Cried After Watching a Comedy Special

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“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” – Hannah Gadsby   These words have stayed with me long after Hannah’s comedy special Nanette stopped playing in my living room. After the credits rolled, and I wiped away the many tears streaming down my face, my husband and I spent the next hour and a half passionately discussing gender equality, discrimination, hate, shame, grace, truth, and love. Whether or not you agree with all Hannah said,…

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