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SIX SWEET READS OF 2018

Can you feel it? The countdown to Christmas is in full swing and we find ourselves glancing over our shoulders just a little, biting a lower lip as we consider the year now in its final exhale. Something within yearns to slow, even as the pace ramps up with festive frivolity. We all have our ritual for rest— for many of us, reading is a balm to the soul. Give us a beautiful book and a cozy corner. And so, in my glancing back, I’ve selected six sweet reads to share with you. Perhaps one will catch your eye and slow you down for half a minute…

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WELCOME TO THE JOYFUL LIFE!

Who doesn’t want the joyful life? Joy is something we all crave, seek, and relish. We love to experience the deepest, richest joy and long for those seasons to stretch out before us like a never-ending yellow brick road. But in real life, that road is peppered with sorrow and stress and storms along the way, and yet we are still called to count it all joy. Finding joy in the everyday. Together. Welcome to THE JOYFUL LIFE…

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WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY MIRROR

It was just another ordinary trip to Costco. You know the routine—you pop in for Greek yogurt and dog food and come out with a freestanding magnifying mirror. With LED light for “greater definition”. And 10x magnification. It sounded like a good idea at the time—at my age, I need all the help I can get with seeing “greater definition” when applying makeup. On reflection (pun intended), I’m learning much from my magnifying mirror…

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NEVER TOO OLD TO DREAM

Do you have a dream? Is it currently on your radar, or has it been buried under responsibilities and reality? Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to various audiences on the subject “Dare to Dream”, and as I shared my own story, it caused me to wonder if maybe YOU have an unfulfilled dream. Because, friend, I am the poster child for “it’s never too late” …

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HORRORS OF HOSPITALITY: IOLA

Remember how our grandmothers’ generation always had an “open door” policy and never broke a sweat prepping a meal? How a shared pot of tea was the answer to every world problem and neighbors literally popped over for a cup of sugar and a chat? In this latest edition of iola Magazine, I share my thoughts on the horrors of hospitality we experience today—plus, there’s my chocolate cake recipe… 

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WHY TRUST GOD WITH OUR KIDS?

September, you are a bittersweet one, aren’t you? You lull us with your promises of comforting routine and cute back-to-school clothes and no more sand in the car when our kiddos are young. And then when it comes to letting the offspring loose into the world of college and university, you are a scary season. One where goodbyes make us physically ache and we start counting down the weeks until our babies are home for Christmas break. Letting go is never easy on a momma-heart—can we really trust God with our kids?

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WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING

Anyone else worried life is passing you by, mowing you down, speeding along way too fast? You’re trying to do it all but scared you’re missing everything in the process? Well, buckle up, friend, because I’m right here with you, our hair is blowing all over the place, but we’re going to step on the brake and get through this. For me, everything changes NEXT WEEK so perhaps it’s panic mode setting in. Or perhaps I’m afraid that we are ALL in danger of missing the great things God has to offer in life because we’re all so distracted or just plain busy…

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WHEN YOUR PRINCE IS NOT SO CHARMING

Remember when you were a little girl and you dreamed of your very own Prince Charming? Maybe your Barbie got all beautified and met Ken on a blind date under the dining room table, or perhaps you pinned posters of your heart-throb on the bedroom wall and dreamed of being his girlfriend. Your Prince Charming was handsome and funny and rich and attentive. He was perfect. And then you got married for real…

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IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMING…

If I knew you were coming… I’d have baked a cake (according to the chirpy little 50’s song.) Or spent all week cleaning. Or had a meltdown. Or feigned a dreadfully contagious sickness and cancelled everything. Oh, the hassles of hospitality! It shouldn’t be this hard—am I right? Especially for all my super busy “Martha” types out there. So much to do. So little time. So much guilt and so little grace. Friends, stay with me, I have good news…

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WHY NOTHING IS WASTED

Ever been in a situation or even a season where you question your very purpose in life? Both hands in the air over here! You wonder what on earth you are doing and worry if you are wasting your time (which is precious) or someone else’s time (which is worse) or maybe even God’s time (which is clearly not great.) I’ve been reminded recently that NOTHING is wasted with God. He redeems and restores and revives…

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