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Avoid an argument? Dare ya!

Arguing sucks the life right out of me. Picture a full, brightly colored helium balloon suddenly start to lose air. Little by little, it deflates before your eyes as the air seeps out faster and faster until it drops completely to the ground, shriveled and flat. From this: To this: Can anyone relate? This week, as … Continue reading

Affected by the past? Childhood experiences affecting your marriage?

It took most of my marriage for me to understand that I was filtering my relationship with my husband through this lens. Because those sounds and sights were so deeply impactful, my brain interprets so many things as dangerous even when they are not. Continue reading

Let’s have a play date – intentional living in my backyard

One of the things about being the backyard missionary is doing things on purpose. I shop at the same places, eat at the same places, get my hair done, and drop off my husband’s shirts at the same places each time, all in order to connect with the people who work there and be a … Continue reading

If you want to run, just run … and we’re not just talking about running

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with exercise for years. I go through seasons of enjoying it, craving it and going hard after it, but then there are seasons where, well, not so much. The last two years have been one of those seasons. Yes, I know. Two. Years. Deep down, I long to run. I’ve … Continue reading

What makes us feel beautiful: It’s not about vanity

‘She is clothed in fine linen and purple …’ Prov. 31:22 I recently had a request by a homeless woman in our Sunday school class who is going back to school. In a hushed tone, she asked for things like nail polish remover, deodorant powder, a loofah and jewelry. “You know,” she said. “The stuff … Continue reading

When I don’t feel beautiful …

I have a friend, we’ll call her Jane, who I see on a weekly basis. Every week, she has on the same faded dark blue pants and blue coat. She wears a pink and blue knitted hat, which she never takes off. Although I sit down next to her so we can talk, she rarely … Continue reading

Would you stop?

Last night my 16-year-old daughter, Jennie, called me to tell me she and her friend, Jacob, had stopped to help a woman who ran out of gas just outside of town. This woman’s 13-year-old son was walking back toward town, along with the woman’s boyfriend, and they had gone to look for them and give them a ride. … Continue reading

You’re richer than you know; we must help the poor

  I can still remember the day that a global consciousness moved from somewhere in the back of my mind to the forefront. I was leading a women’s small group through Nina Roesner’s book, the Respect Dare (www.therespectdare.com). If you’ve heard of the Love Dare, the Respect Dare is a similar concept geared at showing … Continue reading