Find Your Fire.

Your fire is what you need right now. Your fire is your purpose. Holding it in will make you grow weary. Stop scrolling–your fire is not there. It’s also not in the refrigerator. You cannot buy it or taste it or invest it. This is actually really bad news. Because the kind of fire you’re...
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“I love you and you are worth so much.” –God

Yep, you keep messing up. Your to-do list has had the same three NEED TO DO! tasks on it for weeks now. You thought you would be really good at something but it turns out you’re not and you can’t shake the shame. You’re overdue for your dental cleaning. You spent too much on junk...
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Strength for Teen Boys

This year I went back to the classroom–kind of. I’m teaching a senior English class at our kids’ new school. It’s block schedule so it meets every other day at 7:40 in the morning. I’m not at school all day, every day, but I do have my own class of seniors. When I first accepted...
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The Word is Soul…

This year, my word will be ‘soul.’ As I get older, my soul is the part of me that matters the most. As my body ages, and I can see its fragility, I’m learning about strength of my soul. Mostly I’m learning about what my soul needs. My soul needs to get lost between the...
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150 Years of Truth and Love

It’s Concordia Publishing House‘s 150th birthday this month and I’m celebrating their ministry the story of what they’ve meant in my life—as a reader, as a Jesus-lover, as a writer, as a mom, and as a teacher. Love in the Library My love for CPH books started where all good stories begin—in the library. My...
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Dear Elisabeth… (on your first day of middle school)

Dear El… Thank you for making me laugh every single day. I don’t know where you got this sarcasm from (ha—that’s total sarcasm) but it’s just the best. You may only be 12, but you’re sly wit is way beyond that. Here’s another delight that you might not even know is happening: you’re learning to...
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Dear Nate… (on your first day of Fourth Grade)

Dear Nate… (on your first day of Fourth Grade)  Ah, Nate. You are killing me with this smile. I can see all the parts of you in it–your adventure, your sweetness, your enthusiasm, and your curiosity. These are exactly what make you my Nate and they are all over your first-day-of-school grin. Your Nate-ness also...
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Dear Sam… (on your first day of middle school)

Dear Sam… Crazy. That’s what this year is. Bananas. Everything is new: you’re at a different school and now it’s also middle school and our new lives in Friendswood are so strange and exhilarating. Some of it is going so well–you’re making good friends, you’re intrigued by life at Lutheran South, you’re so happy to...
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Dear Catie… (on your sophomore year of high school)

Dear Catie… It’s a little hard to believe you’re starting over again. We moved houses. You moved schools. Sophomore year and you’re having to deal with #freshmanproblems again. It’s a bit scary—for me, at least. There’s so much at risk here. The years of high school feel like stair steps to the grand goal of...
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Ten Girls Who Need Shine

Someone in your life needs this sparkly-funny Bible study. It’s pretty much a party-in-a box–but with Jesus. 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the praise band. (Or, you know, that one teen...
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