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Getting Ready to Receive, Day 4

“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” ~Luke 1:30 “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from […]

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Getting Ready to Receive, Day 3

Today I’m thrilled to share with you some words from my good friend, Mark Williams. Mark graduated from Davidson College before going on to seminary at Duke (Duke football right now – what?!?!), which is where we met. I remember well the night he called me after serving at a soup kitchen in downtown Durham […]

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Getting Ready to Receive, Day 2

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love […]

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Getting Ready to Receive, Day 1

In an effort to Worship Fully this Christmas season, I’ve decided to turn my blog into a devotional between now and Christmas Day. I’ll be writing most of the entries, but I have a few special guests who will also be contributing along the way. I hope you enjoy! Getting Ready to Receive, Day 1 […]

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Christmas Cave

So, typically, I’m the “must wait until Santa appears at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade until we listen to Christmas music/talk about Christmas/decorate for Christmas” type of person. That’s a type, right? I’m not alone? But this year, I have a confession to make. I have been listening to Christmas music for the last week […]

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Enough and Exhausted

The local newspaper knew they made a mistake choosing me as a “Woman to Watch” the minute the photographer called me. “Would you like to do the photo shoot at your office or your home?” she asked. “Neither,” I replied. “The public doesn’t want to see that.” It didn’t get any better a few days […]

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Lessons from the Boss

Perhaps the infrequency of my posting is sufficient commentary on marriage, motherhood and ministry, but I think it has more to do with building habits.   “They say” it takes something like 16 days to form a habit. I’m not that patient. Sixteen days seems too much, it should happen in two or not at all.  […]

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Failing Forward

I’m afraid to fail.  There it is, in print, my greatest fear in life.  I’m afraid to fail as a mom, as a wife, as a pastor and as a human being. Sadly, there have been seasons of my life where this fear has been an asset and I’ve learned to rely on it.  For […]

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More vs. Better

I left my office yesterday at 2:15. It was a bold move considering the piles of unfinished work on my desk, the volume of e-mails beckoning for a response, and the staff watching dumbfounded as I walked away with unanswered questions still hanging in the air. I went home, put on sneakers and ran out […]

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Made for this

I stood there sweating with adrenaline pounding in my veins and my heart smiled.  I was made for this. This morning I had the privilege of speaking to about 120 6th-12th graders at a Christian academy in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.  They’re having a week-long “Awakening” and I was asked to help kick it off. […]

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