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[NEW VIDEO] Some Rock Solid Truth To Stand On

[NEW VIDEO] Some Rock Solid Truth To Stand On

The message showed up in my inbox in the middle of an ordinary Friday. One of hundreds that made it my way that week. Although I'm sure I miss a few here and there, I read every message I receive, over email, website, Facebook, instagram. Each word matters to me, the...

When Real Life Demands Real Courage

When Real Life Demands Real Courage

At least eight years ago, in a rare moment of courage, I made a list. I still carry it around in my purse, a three-by-five index card, hot pink, frayed around the edges, with a few simple lines of text under an audacious heading: "Impossible Goals." Underneath, I...

When You’ve Lost Your Footing

When You’ve Lost Your Footing

Two months ago, I shut down my blog. I logged out of my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter feed. And I set up and out-of-office reply to my email inbox. Other than grocery shopping and keeping up with the news, I walked away from the Internet for 60 days. I...

A Return to Rest

A Return to Rest

I can always tell when it's time to retreat and rest. The signs are all too obvious: Impatience. Irritation. Easy offense and tears. I am not my best self when this happens. My emotional health is compromised, and I know it. Not to mention most everyone else knows it,...

What To Do When Criticism Cuts Deep

What To Do When Criticism Cuts Deep

I’m accustomed to a fair amount of criticism. As an author and a speaker on a variety of platforms, it comes with the territory. My story, message, and style isn’t for everyone. I get it. Truth is I’ve received far more positive feedback than negative. So the rare...

Faith and Doubt: When You Don’t Know What to Believe Anymore

Faith and Doubt: When You Don’t Know What to Believe Anymore

I was over 2,500 miles away delivering a presentation when my cell phone blew up with emergency text messages: All Schools: LOCKOUT (Secure Perimeter) due to law enforcement activity in the area. Learning and activities indoors. More info to come. At this time...

5 Necessary Practices To Learn How To Listen

5 Necessary Practices To Learn How To Listen

"Mommy, can you help me with my homework?" She waved her paper in the air, trying to get me to listen, but I wouldn't have any of it. This is the question I hear almost every evening between 4 and 6 pm. And this is the child who would much rather allow me the...

Life and Death, Death and Life

Life and Death, Death and Life

I don’t remember exactly when I first stumbled on her Instagram account. A month or two ago, maybe a little more. You know how it goes: After clicking on a friend's post, you follow the tags and links until somehow you land on the profile of a random stranger you’ve...

Finding Hope In The Hard Places {& Giveaway!}

Finding Hope In The Hard Places {& Giveaway!}

Today's post is a guest post (and giveaway!) by my dear friend, Sarah Beckman. Sarah is a national speaker, author, and communications trainer. Her new book Hope in the Hard Places helps people walk through struggles with tangible help, biblical truth, and a...

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