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A Peek Inside The Most AMAZING Christmas Card I Received This Year  Leif and I are huge fans of holiday cards and letters. One of our annual traditions is that we save them until Christmas morning when we lay in bed and open them all together. By the time we’re finished, Hershey is buried in blankets and envelopes and note cards.

But this year, I received a holiday e-card (which is a lot harder to save) and went ahead and read it. Instead of the everyday boasting that fills many Christmas cards, my friend wrote of his brokenness.

His words haunted me: Continue Reading...


I’ve always struggled with being a little different from everyone else. My story never seemed to sound like everyone else’s story. Let me give you an example.

Sometimes people will ask me, “Where do your parents live?”

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Are You Courageous Enough To Have The Difficult Conversation?

I've been hard at work on the Bible study for Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (from Worthy Publishing and Lifeway) and diving deeper into the wonder of friendships.

I'm awed by some of the amazing friends that God has provided throughout the years. But one thing I've noticed is that when it comes to developing thriving, long-lasting friendships, sooner or later we have to engage in The Difficult Conversation. We may need to say something or raise an issue in order to bring out the best in the other person or to make the relationship more enjoyable and healthy. Continue Reading...

Weighing In On The Wonder of Friendships

Friendship is one of the most incredible gifts God gives us.

I'm reminded of that whenever I get to spend an afternoon hiking with a dear friend, sitting on the couch chatting for hours, or hanging out and laughing until tears run down my cheeks.

Good friends expose us to new ideas and experiences. Continue Reading...