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Holiday Traditions, Under Construction


Dec 12 2014
Why our shifting families and evolving rituals can still be cause for celebration.
Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
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When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the ...

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Walking By Faith


Dec 8 2014
A spiritual discipline learned step by step.
Walking By Faith
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In the popular memoir-turned-film, Wild, Cheryl Strayed takes off to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. The unflinchingly transparent narration conveys how her determined but naïve aspirations to embark on the trek evolve into a physical and mental capacity to finish it. ...

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Common Ground for Christians and Common Core


Dec 5 2014
A teacher’s perspective on how higher standards serve poor students.
Common Ground for Christians and Common Core
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As a former public school teacher, I have taught both the traditional state standards and Common Core aligned standards. I have dug deeply into both, researched their effectiveness, and watched them play out in my classroom.

Outside of school, I have observed the vitriol ...

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Stockpiling Treasures in My Junk Closet


Nov 28 2014
How I got rid of 1,000 things and finally found shalom.
Stockpiling Treasures in My Junk Closet
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Show me a Real Simple magazine article on “decluttering your home” and all I see is a stack of shiny pages to decoupage Christmas ornaments over the long Thanksgiving weekend. That’s how I roll: for years I’ve squirreled away craft supplies (aka stuff ...

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Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More


Nov 26 2014
How our requests to God can actually fuel our gratefulness.
Even on Thanksgiving, It’s Okay to Ask for More
Laura Bittner / Flickr

The family sits down, lights the candles, admires the turkey, and begins the generations-old family liturgy: I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for friends. For a house and a job. For this delicious food. But what if, in addition to naming our blessings, we ...

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Waiting on Thankfulness


Nov 25 2014
How God works in us during times when we can’t muster gratitude.
Waiting on Thankfulness
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We’d been home for months when this curious stranger approached me with eyes full of questions. “Where are they from?” and “Are they siblings?” and “Are they all yours?” stumbled out of her mouth. I was trying to shield little ears ...

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The Christian Editor Behind the South's Sweetest Wedding Mag


Nov 18 2014
Talking perfectionism, marriage, and faith with entrepreneur and new author Lara Casey.
The Christian Editor Behind the South's Sweetest Wedding Mag
Faith Teasley Photography

In today’s booming wedding industry, Southern Weddings magazine editor Lara Casey tries to skip over popular trends to focus on the meaningful parts of marriage: the love stories, family ties, and old traditions.

A Christian who sees her work as ministry, Casey heads ...

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Sorry for Getting Excited to Shop at Target


Nov 13 2014
How the fear of being ‘basic’ relates to ordinary Christian faithfulness.
Sorry for Getting Excited to Shop at Target
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Last week, Rebekah Lyons opened the second Q Women conference by addressing calling—a popular topic lately among evangelical women. In the midst of discussing the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the discernment of our gifts, Lyons confessed her sense of restlessness ...

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The Pastor’s Wife Effect


Oct 20 2014
Pastors' wives don’t need reverence. They need friendship.
The Pastor’s Wife Effect
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In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift recounts a conversation with her brother about a man he’d seen walking around with a cat on his head. She was torn between wanting to respect the man’s privacy and wishing she had a photo. After all, she said, ...

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What Kind of Sinful Are You?


Oct 1 2014
A spiritual personality test, the Enneagram takes an honest look at our weaknesses.
What Kind of Sinful Are You?
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The first time I read it, I was convinced someone had been following me around. If I kept a journal, I would have been sure they were reading it. As it was, I was certain someone had opened a door inside my mind, walked into the darkest places, and written it all down in ...

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