Eulogy For My Grandmother

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My grandmother told me countless times the story of how she was the very first person to touch me in the hospital after I was born. She was so proud of this fact, and every time she told the story, she beamed as though it were the first time she’d ever told me. At the […]

Adopting Superman

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I’m at a loss for words. And, if you know me, this is a once in a lifetime thing. Please read on to understand the crazy but hopeful path we’ve just set foot on. Once upon a time, as you may remember, we hosted a happy, handsome, energetic young boy from a European country through […]

On Matters Of Bondage, Binge Eating, and Freedom

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“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” -Galatians 5:1 That old familiar thought grabbed my mind and, as usual, would not let go… “Go eat something. You need to.” As always, my body stood up and […]

Why Doesn’t Katie Talk About Orphans Anymore?

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Why doesn’t Katie talk about orphan care anymore? My silence over the last year has probably been deafening. Maybe you wondered why? Maybe you thought we washed our hands of it all. Maybe you were relieved that I finally shut up I was talking to a sweet friend recently about orphans, and she said, “You […]

Confessions Of A New Children’s Ministry Director

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My eyes popped open. What time is it? What day is it? Where am I? More importantly, where’s the coffee?! 6am. Sunday. That can’t be right! I set my alarm for 5am! I must have turned it off in my sleep. Launch Sunday. The first day for our new church campus… of which I am […]

Hearts Come To Life- Peggy’s Story

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I write often about God weaving stories of redemption in our lives. Tapestries of beauty and grace. Purpose from pain, beauty from ashes, and life from death. Even in the valleys of my worst heartaches I whisper over my doubts, “He must know what He’s doing…” because my faith is deeply rooted in the God […]

My Mothers Nightgowns (Musings On Beauty)

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When I was 11, my baby sister got into just about everything that wasn’t locked up. Each afternoon I would go around the house and pick up all her messes and straighten up before Dad got home from work. One of her favorite messes to make was to pull open my mother’s dresser drawers and […]

Quiet Heroes

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In my 35 years I’ve been to many women’s conferences, leadership conferences, rallies, and other Christian gatherings with special speakers. I’ve read countless inspirational books on Christian living by authors. I’ve seen those authors featured as special guest speakers at my churches. Their themes are all similar…. They all came out of a struggle, a […]

Confidence

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Last week I stood in front of the mirror and stared into the face of a woman who is a complete and utter disappointment to myself. I sighed and frowned and declared her to be a poor excuse for a human being and then put on a brave face and walked out of the bathroom […]

“Talitha Koum”- Rise Little Girl

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I have three favorite Bible stories. Each one is very real and personal in my own life. One of them is found in Mark 5 in the New Testament. Jesus responds to a desperate father begging Him to heal his very sick daughter. When Jesus arrives on the scene, it’s too late. Too much has […]