What If?

I know it’s a big concept. I know that you may not think it’s true, that you might be clenching your teeth, that there may be tears in your eyes, that you might have written me off at the beginning of this post as a loonie. And that’s okay.

But just for one moment, allow yourself to consider the “what if” – what if God is good?

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Harvey: Be Strong But Cry a Little

Dear Friend, Did Harvey hit you? It hit me. Earlier this week, I fled from the home I had evacuated to my car so my foster brothers wouldn’t see me cry. Harvey was beginning to blow over – again – and the car was rocking from side to side. I realized my phone has so…

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You Have More Than You Know

Dear Friend, If you’re like me, you have a dream. Maybe it’s even more than a dream. Maybe you a plan, ideas that have fallen into place as you’ve gathered them over time or woven them together in a few days of entreprenurial inspiration. If you haven’t, let me tell you what it’s like. It’s like…

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What is Hope, Anyway?

What do I write to give people hope when I’m whispering to myself that I feel like I’m drowning? Yet, there is hope. Hope doesn’t always look like laughter and sunshine. Hope is stronger than that; it doesn’t depend on circumstances, it doesn’t balk to enter into places we would fear to go. It can be found in every crack of the most aweful places, in the eyes of the most mistreated humans, and in the darkest parts of humanity.

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Wake Up and Live

Dear Friend, They say you can’t die in a dream, but I can, and when I woke up this morning, I was definitely dying. It started out harmless enough, like a lot of other dreams, where I’m acting out a part. I was playing the role of a father – odd and badly cast –…

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Living on the Front Row

Dear Friend, “What’s your front-row moment?” The text came from Nate and it just made me blink. Front row…. I remember him talking about that from a book or conference back when we used to set goals every Monday morning. Those days are kind of hazy now. “I don’t remember what that means,” I text…

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Mary

Dear Friend, My favorite holiday is Easter. I know that seems random since I’m writing this almost in August and Easter is a holiday that you may or may not even celebrate. But I like Easter – for all the obvious Christian reasons. It’s a pretty big deal when your God is raised back to…

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The Magical Art of Being a Grown-Up

Dear Friend, When I was little, I used to think there was some magical day when you opened your eyes and suddenly knew how to answer questions, how to make things work out, and the answer to life’s most difficult quandaries. Seriously, I did. And that day you sat up in bed and went, “Wow!…

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Defining Yourself

Dear Friend, “So what do you do?” “Whatcha been up to lately?” “So what do you do here all day?” The questions are harmless. People are looking for conversation and common ground. But has that question ever stopped your brain, as you struggle to find an answer? It usually comes out like, “Oh, not much.” And…

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Enthroning Emotions

We all have them. That friend who analyzes every sentence, turning it from something we meant as harmless into a hostile attack against them. That person we have to walk on eggshells around or risk being accused of disregarding their emotions.  The guy or girl who won’t take a hint or even an outright “no” whether it’s for a request to hang out or a project they want us to work on.

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