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Phoenix Rising

When we closed Advance Church in August 2015, we knew the setback had the potential to be one of the greatest set ups of our lives; we just didn’t know for what. God had cards he wasn’t showing, and that was okay. This is Las Vegas, after all. Even so, there were days when it felt like he’d folded…

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The Best 16 Books I Read In 2016

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” {Annie Dillard} I was intentionally quiet in 2016, reading more than writing while I waited for God to give me something new to say. Truth be told, after the beat down that was 2015 for our family, I needed some time to sit…

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4 Things I Learned This Summer

Here are a handful of things I learned this summer: 1. Audiobooks make everything better. The things I look forward to doing now because I have audiobooks on my phone is astonishing. They include, but are not limited to: Cleaning everything, cooking anything, getting ready in the morning (hair, makeup, make the bed, oh my!),…

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#KKLREADS (vol. 2)

A couple of months ago I mentioned to my husband that a woman in a memoir I’d just finished had fallen asleep in the tub with her infant and drowned him. A few days later I realized that, no, that wasn’t right. The author of the memoir had lost a child, but the bathtub scene I…

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Grounded

I needed a summer job. She was planning to be a lifeguard. It sounded perfect, the two of us up there on that tower, getting tan and getting paid, red buoys announcing that we mattered. If she could ascend that ladder, then surely I could, too. Passing the written test was easy, and I CPRed…

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#KKLReads (vol. 1)

It’s been a wonky, exhausting month or so of leading and working and parenting and all the other “ings.” That said, I’m tired of taking myself so seriously and just want to talk about books, okay? Fiction A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman This charming story about a curmudgeon named Ove (ooo-veh) was originally published in…

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A Prayer for IF:Gathering

God, you’ve done it again. You’ve set the table, straightened the chairs, and bid us come. Plain is your beauty before us. We are utterly unworthy of this invitation, and yet here we see our names, and our seats, and our sisters. You’ve been expecting us. All of us, and each of us, and even…

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Dismount

I will always remember 2015 as the year of the horse. That died. Twice. Time of death? When God moved on. ** Of all the beautiful, challenging words spoken at IF:Gathering 2015 last February, these seven from Christine Caine settled heaviest on my heart: “Sweetheart, if the horse is dead…dismount.” She was preaching from Joshua…

 

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