I remember first coming to Christ and not believing that grace was real. It sounded wonderful coming from the mouth of my pastor. The concept was stuff of great stories, but in real life, I wasn’t so comfortable receiving it. To one who had convinced herself that approval must be earned, it was awkward. I...
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Before anything else has been said, I know that my Mama would want me to preface that she is not perfect. She has made mistakes, she has failed, and she attributes anything else to the grace of God.  But, what my Mama will not tell you about herself is that she is an amazing woman,...
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My oldest daughter turned 22 years old last Friday. That means that it was 22 years ago that I had my first child. She was beautiful. She was tiny. She was mine. And I was young – 19 to be exact. Years ago, I was a teenage mom, not married, and in the fall of...
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I will use her.  I will lead her into the wilderness and comfort her. There I will restore her vineyards; turning the valley of trouble into a gate of hope. Hosea 2:14-15 There is something I find uniquely exhilarating and pure, wild and rugged about being in nature.  Breathing in fresh mountain air. Watching the...
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Here’s a little piece of advice: Never go to the movies with me.  For starters, I’m quite the talker. I fully engage in the experience—out loud.  I will eat your Twizzlers. I’ll get really engrossed in the film and drink from your Diet Coke. Then (because I’ve now slurped down your drink, as well as...
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This year I had the joy of meeting and serving alongside Liz Curtis Higgs at several women’s conferences. As the author of Bad Girls of the Bible, I knew instantly that she was a woman that I wanted to call my friend.  Not only is she a gifted speaker and Bible teacher, but also a woman of...
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You wouldn’t think staring into another person’s eyes for one minute would evoke so much in so little time. I was sitting in on a Biblical Ethics class this past week at the Tennessee Women’s Prison. The assignment was simple. We were asked to partner up with the person to the right of us and...
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It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 Last week I ugly cried on stage in front of hundreds of...
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I’m on a group message with all of my best friends. These girls are incredible. I often say that these are the girls I grew up with. I don’t mean we all wore smocked dresses and bows in preschool together, I mean we all started seriously following Jesus around the same time in college—we grew...
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 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:27 Last night, I met up with an old friend for dinner. It’s restaurant week in our city (when fine dining restaurants are half-price for charity).  For a food-lover like me who is on a budget, it’s my...
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