Savor Advent, Feast on Christmas
My family’s new traditions made the season richer

It may be easier to roll a boulder up hill than to change holiday traditions. Several years ago, when I declared to my family that we would start new practices in the month of December, their response was not thundering applause.

“Ugh,” grunted my firstborn. ...


The Surprising Power of Our Weakest Moments
In God’s hands, crosses become instruments of life-giving grace
The Surprising Power of Our Weakest Moments
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Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else.

—Madeleine L’Engle

Sometimes I banter with God. Every now and then, I’ll tease him, telling him that since he disciplines the children he loves (Heb. 12:6), he must ...


A Radical Idea for This Christmas
Spend the season on a mission
A Radical Idea for This Christmas
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A few years ago my children and I walked into a department store during the Christmas season. A lady working there stopped us and cheerfully asked if my children would like to write a Christmas list to Santa Claus. There was a statue of Santa by the entrance, with a big red ...


Advent’s Knotty Family Tree
Jesus was born into a messy family too
Advent’s Knotty Family Tree
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On the first Sunday of Advent this season, my congregation’s sermon text was Matthew 1:1-17. Many of us likely don’t think too often about this passage: It is one of the dreaded genealogies, with hard-to-pronounce names and no storyline (or so it seems). Yet behind ...


Free Yourself to Pause and Take a Break
Surrender to God’s desire to shape your soul
Free Yourself to Pause and Take a Break
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The Internet is saturated with information for self-improvement and practical tools and techniques to become a better you. The business sections of bookstores include titles which inform leaders and executives about management skills, vision casting, and team development. ...


Thoughts on Q Women 2014
A conference review
Thoughts on Q Women 2014
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Last month I attended the Q Women gathering with my leader friend Jodie. We both were looking for challenging conversations that would stimulate our thinking about faith and women leaders. The tagline for Q drew me in: “Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance Good.” ...


Lead Me On: When Even J. Lo Doesn’t Like Herself
Moses had the same problem—and so do we
Lead Me On: When Even J. Lo Doesn’t Like Herself
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In an interview with Maria Shriver this month, Jennifer Lopez confessed that she has struggled with low self-esteem. It’s getting better. She’s working on it. But there it is.

If this person, who is strong, savvy, and successful, and who sports a booty that ...

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