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What Does Your Mirror Tell You?

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Everyday I look into a mirror. Once, twice, if not multiple times a day, but after last week, I will never look at my reflection the same way again. For five days I was part of a ministry team that deep cleaned apartments for struggling families in transition. Yolanda, a single mom of two boys, was one of the residents, and while we were there, ...

What We Need Most When Life Is a Hot Mess

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My weather app says our local temperature will hit 100 degrees today. This comes after a long stretch without rain and several consecutive days in the upper nineties. Did I mention? Exactly one week ago our air-conditioning unit quit. Holy 100 degrees. Jesus, come quickly. I’m home with three pre-teen children in a house that feels like a ...

Beauty That’s Hidden in Plain Sight

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I stand in the Louvre Museum along with a few hundred tourists. All of our necks are craned to see one of the most famous paintings in the world: the Mona Lisa. Dozens of mobile phones and cameras are lifted high in the air to capture Leonardo da Vinci’s treasured work, and behind the bulletproof glass, the Mona Lisa keeps smiling that famous ...

Out-of-the-House Hospitality

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“Welcome in!” The cheerful words startled me. I had spent the morning living in my head while working on a writing project, trying to find just the right combination of letters and sentences and paragraphs. I hadn’t heard another human voice for several hours. But as I walked through the front door of a local store, someone noticed me. ...