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In Honor of Our Twentieth Anniversary: 5 Tips to Pray More Effectively for Your Spouse

Twenty years ago today, I married my high-school sweet heart. Ten years ago, I wondered if we’d hang on long enough to grow old together. Life takes a toll on love. Great marriages don’t just happen. But in those years that our marriage hung thread-bare and hurting, I learned to pray. To REALLY pray. I learned […]

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The One Small Thing That Makes Life Large

I realized it this morning as I sat in the cushy leather chair, a pajama-clad boy plastered to my lap—how the secret to a BIG life is dependent on one small thing. Joshua smelled of last night’s dirt and of fresh sleepy sweat. His knees still bore grass stains from crawling through the yard at […]

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The One Thing You Need to Know When Your Life Feels Small

I spotted it the moment I stepped out of the shower: a small blue footprint on the crisp white tile. My stomach twisted at the sight. Because every mom knows where there is one footprint, there are more. I wrapped a towel around my dripping hair and followed the trail of blue smudges out of […]

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If You’re Tired of Living Empty…

“I feel like I’m living with a slow leak,” I told my friend last week as I leaned out the window of the mini-van and waited for soccer practice to end. I glanced at my watch and calculated the minutes until Hannah’s dance class was over, gazed up the hill at the soccer players and willed […]

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What Every Woman Can Learn from Three Sisters in a Bathroom

I can’t get to the shower Sunday morning without tripping over bare feet and gangly legs. The girls have taken over the master bath, and so I shuffle back into the bedroom and decide to wait my turn. I dump a basket of clean laundry on my bed and begin to fold; my hands busy, but […]

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When You Need Faith to Believe You’re Beautiful

In that season when seeing myself as beautiful was a giant leap of faith, I begged Jesus to give me an image to replace the reflection I saw in the mirror each day. “I just want to see what you see,” I pleaded one morning as I stumbled from bed and stared at the tired […]

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The Shape of Grace

  We’d argued on our drive to the hospital.  I’d soon be lying belly-up on an exam table covered with a scratchy disposable sheet and trying not to squirm as the skin on my stretched-out belly was covered with clear cold goo. We were just moments from our first glimpse of the baby tucked beneath my heart.   […]

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On Big Girl Dreams and Waiting for My Hands To Grow

I was plucking the stockings off the mantel when Maggie walked into the room and planted a hand on her hip in protest.   “Mommy! Don’t pack our socks away!”   “But, honey, Christmas is over. We’ll hang our stockings again next year.”   “Noooooo!” my littlest one moaned. “Not yet.”   I turned to […]

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On Fast-Feet and Baby Holdin’ and the Miracle of Christmas

When our “Christmas baby” was born six years ago, no one was more excited than my firstborn who had prayed unceasingly for a little brother. Even now at fourteen, Luke counts the day of his little brother’s birth as one of the best days of his life.   Though my big boy was undoubtedly thrilled when […]

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When the THUMPS of Christmas Wreck Your Joy…

I felt it the moment my friend looked around my house and said with a playful smile, “You’re the only one I know who hasn’t put up a Christmas tree yet!”    And again when a neighbor mentioned that we were the only house on the block without strands of lights twinkling in the night.   […]

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