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My friend and mentor, Moira, let me borrow the book Hinds’ Feet on High Places last year. “This book is going to make you trust Jesus more,” she said. I was skeptical. I held her well-worn copy of the allegory in my hands, a watercolor illustration of a deer on the purple cover. How could a story about a fearful, crippled animal move me toward ...

Christmas Mourning

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This holiday season, I will pack up my family of six and caravan with my sister and her family of equal size to the house that first defined home for us both. We will travel across state lines to gather with generations and celebrate one last holiday season within the walls that sheltered us all as we grew. My mom’s plans for retirement mean that ...

When I Stopped “Praying About It” First

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My father-in-law is one of the godliest men I know, and through the years his counsel has proven trustworthy. He's not one to tell you what you want to hear, and as such, sometimes his advice is unexpected or even surprising. We all need people in our lives willing to tell us what we need to hear, don't we? We don't live in the same town so I am ...

Embracing Imperfect This Christmas

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I caught myself whispering an unrealistic secret to my heart, "Maybe this will be the year everything goes as planned, and we'll have the perfect Christmas." Perfect is what I'd always wanted for Christmas, but in all my years of living, I've never been able to pull it off. Perfect looks like peace on earth and in my home for twenty-four hours. ...