Dying on the Inside

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No one is ever really ready for a dog. You think you are, but you can’t imagine the bolt-upright-in-bed terror you’ll feel when your new puppy enthusiastically guards against the evil snow at three in the morning. You can’t prepare yourself for how much your dog will stink when he finds a dead rat and covers his fur in its stink. But these are nothing compared with the two hardest parts of … [Read more...]

Real Sunshine & The Chick-Fil-A Drive-Through

{This is an essay from my new book, Love Rules. To spread love this Valentines Day, I'm giving away gift-wrapped copies to anyone who leaves a reivew at Amazon, cph.org, or goodreads. Click HERE for more information. Thank you! } For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and … [Read more...]

Fourth Love Rules Giveaway

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Did you hear that? It's the Advent starting gun fired this morning. One month until Christmas! And, oh my, we all have such long lists of shopping and baking and elfing. The next month will be exciting and overwhelming. And, yet, we know the truth about what's really important during this season. We now our most important task is to show the world who needs to know how much God loves each and … [Read more...]

Love Rules Third Giveaway!

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Love Rules is 40 stories about real women and also 75 discussion questions to help you think about your own story. Most importantly, Love Rules is the study of how crazy much God loves you. Here are some of my favorite Bible verses from the book that share that message... Matthew 22:38-39....This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as … [Read more...]

The Screaming Toddler of Book Releases

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If you’ve held a toddler having a temper tantrum, you know they pass through phases, like a speeding train through stations. The kid begins with feral screams of anger. These might go on for a while, and then the screams fade into choking sobs of self-pity. You hold the writhing toddler the whole time. And even though you really want to stick your fingers in your ears—or stuff a loaf of banana … [Read more...]