Weekend One Word: Noonday

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What a Monk and Two Delivery Men Taught Me about Hospitality

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When I am expecting guests I typically work myself into a frothy frenzy. Not only do I plunge headlong into the standard pre-party chores – vacuuming, scrubbing toilets, grocery shopping, dusting, de-cobwebbing – I also tackle what most people would consider “deep cleaning.”

I scrub the baseboards. I polish the hardwood floors. I re-grout the tub. Once I even repainted an entire wall in my living just hours before my dinner guests arrived. I’d intended to touch up a few scuff marks but accidently used the wrong paint.

Suffice to say, by the time the doorbell rang I looked and felt like I’d just completed the Iditarod. Not only did I barely have the energy to put dinner on the table, I was too exhausted to enjoy myself or the company of my guests.

It probably goes without saying: hospitality is not one of my spiritual gifts. Or at least this is what I’ve always assumed.

…Today I am delighted to be writing over at Grace Table, a brand-new, absolutely beautiful site. Join me over there for the rest of this story? Thanks, friends…

When Christians Choose Who’s In and Who’s Out

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“I don’t like the idea of having to spit out bones to get to the meat. This book goes on my ‘no-way’ list. It had potential, but it flopped.” I stared at my laptop screen, digesting the words that concluded the Amazon review. I read the paragraph aloud to my husband, and we both rolled […]

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Weekend One Word: Walk

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Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (whom we know as Mother Teresa) set sail for India in 1928 at the age of eighteen. She never saw her mother again. Sign up to receive posts by email {and get 3 free chapters from my book, 50 Women Every Christian Should Know!}

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She Let the Light Shine Through {#MyFaithHeroine Series}

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The My Faith Heroine Series continues today with Asheritah, who tells the incredible story of her modern day faith heroine, Silvia Tarniceriu. Prepare to be impressed…and blessed. And be sure to stop by Asheritah’s place to introduce yourself and say hello. She’s preparing a special Advent devotional especially for you that you won’t want to […]

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My Favorite Woman Yet {a podcast}

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Ok, this is super cool. Not only did I have the absolute pleasure of talking with Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, and blogger extraordinaire at The Art of Simple, BUT she’s also traveling the world with her family right now, so it was my […]

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Because the Church Isn’t a Place for the Perfect {and a book giveaway of For the Love of God!}

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  First a quick note: I know I’m a little guest-posty here these days. Thank you for your patience as I wrap my brain around a couple of projects: The How to Get Published Series that launches Monday, and (I hope!) a study guide to accompany 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. Plus I’m working […]

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When Today Feels Heavy

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I love how my friend Evi Wusk keeps her eyes wide open to God’s graces in her everyday ordinary. Right now she’s in the middle of a 30-day Gratitude Challenge – she’s aiming to reach #1000Gifts in just one month! Yowza! Be sure to stop by her beautiful blog, Gratitude Gal, to say hi, and while you’re […]

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Weekend One Word: Before

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When Faith Looks Like Endurance {#MyFaithHeroine}

I am thrilled to introduce the third and final winner of the #MyFaithHeroine contest: Elizabeth Stewart. Elizabeth writes at Just Following Jesus, and she’s a pastor’s wife, a mama, a nana, a Bible teacher and a mentor. She describes herself as quirky, creative, methodical and contemplative, and she loves to whistle – as well as […]

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