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Compulsions from Within and Pressures from Without

Fred and I have had a rough couple of days. It has to do with us connecting (or not connecting) on some important conversational topics related to our marriage, parenting, the school year, my upcoming (intense!) season of travel to serve at out of state events, Fred’s pressures and stresses at work, etc. etc. What makes it all particularly painful …

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When Love Takes You In

Missy’s recent post on starting a blogroll for adopting readers quickly jumped to almost 90. It made me cry and pray for Bethie (and rejoice that we could send a little more $$ to help bring her home from Ethiopia—I can’t help but think that if every one of her readers just sent in $10, their funding needs would be …

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Every Dream Lost. Every Dream Fulfilled.

My morning walks with Lilikoi (in real life) and Rev. Dr. Ligon Duncan (via Ipod sermons) continue to be of tremendous help to me. I really credit my relative (for Tara!) emotional and spiritual stability this summer to the fresh air, physical activity, and time to contemplate Holy Scripture and God Himself uninterruptedly. (Thanks for this gift, Fred! And thanks, …

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Happy Encouragement

Two things happened yesterday that were profoundly encouraging to me. The first was when I asked Fred how his day went and (rather than the stressed, exhausted, just hanging in there voice) I heard his happy voice say, “Really good.” (!!) I guess that’s what comes from getting final drafts of the new Peacemaker Ministries resource to the printer in …

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Only Five More Days Left in my DVD Sale

Just a little reminder that in five days, we’re going to have to raise the price on my video series again. (My contract with Peacemakers requires me to match their price online. They’re having a sale this month, so I get to have a sale too.) Order by August 31 and you’ll save $20 and help us pay for Ella’s …

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Equipped to Share the Gospel

I really appreciated Pastor Anyabwile’s summary of these excellent articles by Ligon Duncan: The Gospel and the Local Congregation What is Evangelism? And What is the Gospel? I encourage you to read the entire articles themselves (or at least Thabiti’s summary), here are just a few excerpts to tempt you: “By [gospel culture] I mean: – that your whole congregation …

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Bella Ella

Our little naturalist … LOVIN’ the dirt & rocks & flowers & green stuff … And her SUPER FUN construction truck … (“I BUILD the roads!”) … Her books are still her fave’ … Although (patient!) Lilikoi is in the running for her favorite toy … Last pic … Here she is being taught (again) what “No Touch!” means. Can …

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True and Better …

No matter what is on your heart as you wake up this Monday morning, I bet these 3 minutes and 49 seconds will help to reorient you to a God-centered focus that says, “Yes! This is true. Thank You, Lord, that this really is true.” (HT: The Gopel Coalition Blog)

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Older Women and Stay-at-Home-Mothers-of-Small-Children

I’m really looking forward to his, “HOW we do it” follow up post to this (brief, excellent) article: What is a Pastor’s Greatest Asset in Caring for Elderly Widows? I have mulled (and discussed with others) for years what a disconnect we have in the church when it comes to this topic. Time after time, I travel to a women’s …

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There Are No Bad Confessions

Uh-oh. In light of something Dave said in our call yesterday, I think I need to change something I’ve said a zillion times—and something that is permanently “out there” in Peacemaking Women and Living the Gospel in Relationships … Even though I usually talk about “bad confessions” when I teach the Peacemaker Ministries Seven A’s of Confession, I think I …

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