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When Christians fight, they become either legalistic legalists or legalistic antinomians …

I think Dave Edling’s post over at our RedeemingChurchConflicts site is brilliant. One of his best writings to date! I encourage you to read and enjoy: 495 Years and a Lot of Conflict Two of my favorite excerpts from the essay: There has been one consistently common thread among all church conflicts. It is best captured by a question: If we …

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Practice run of craft revealed a GIANT need for some pre-class glue-gunning …

Are there really people for whom crafts are no big deal?                    My (absolutely necessary!) dry-run practice craft revealed a MUCH higher likelihood of success if I glue-gunned just ONE portion of the project … So here I am at midnight tackling two giant fears … crafts & cooking (getting things ready for our …

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At the root of my fear …

  It unmasks me to admit it and I am rightfully mortified by the sin that remains within me … but, yet again, it is true: I have lived a testimony of utter failure before my (best friend and) non-Christian sister, Kali.   It happened at one of my fall events … IMPORTANT NOTE: I can only tell you this …

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Perspectives

Another classic. I love this palindrome!

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Reconcilosec

A classic! I laugh every time. (Particularly appropriate as we head into November and the holidays …)  

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CCEF Conference: Guilt & Shame

Having prayed for him for years as he worked on it, our family was thrilled with Dr. Ed Welch’s book on shame was released this year: Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection It really is my favorite book from 2012. I encourage you to read it, even if you don’t struggle with overwhelming feelings of …

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Fueling the Fire of My Stress Dreams …

I think Fred was extremely gracious and understanding in accommodating my desire for a “quick” stop at a pumpkin patch Thursday morning. On the way to the airport. With eight children. He knows that I really love pumpkin patch time AND I really love these children … so he supported my to-the-minute spreadsheet of exactly who gets picked up when, what booster …

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“My fears feel like necessary defenses against being hurt …”

Whenever my women’s events carry over from a Friday to a Saturday, Fred and I always invite the women to respond to three questions in writing (based on the topic of the event—peacemaking, Fear Not!, teens, etc.) and then we spend a significant amount of time reading through each response and then praying for all of the women. Over the years, …

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FREE Jerry Bridges Book! “True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia”

I bought and read this book the old-fashioned way (with money and paper) and found it absolutely with the investment. But FREE? Can’t beat that! True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia (by Jerry Bridges)

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Hundreds & Pumpkins

Wow. It was hard to move toward diligence this morning … but thankfully, we’re getting a few things done around here. (We have declared it to be a pajama day, however, so we’re doing everything in our PJs.) Like Ella’s math. Today she learned about the hundred castle on decimal street and BOY was she excited when she could build numbers with three …

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