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Today.

The day we come together as an expectant community to unwrap the story of God.

We never expected the thousands of individuals, churches, small groups, families, youth groups, and more who are joining in the #LentChallenge.

Still not sure if the #LentChallenge is for you?

I don’t know exactly what the next 40 days will look like in your life. You may be facing a pile of bills, a heart-wrenching diagnosis, the pieces of a broken relationship, a schedule that just.won’t.stop.

But I do know that God has something wonderful in store for you and for me. Verses that will breathe life to your soul. Passages that will come alive in a whole new way. Facets of Jesus’ character that will seep their way into your heart. Challenges and convictions. Whispers and echoes.

And here’s the one requirement: Continue Reading...

A Whole New Way To Think About Fear That Changes Everything We've Been Taught

A baby bird flew into our house.

I’d left the back door open to drink in the crisp air never expecting a winged creature to begin whizzing through various rooms, perching on door frames, staring at me from the ceiling fan.

Leif and I tried everything we knew to scoot our new friend to safety. The tiny bird didn't understand that the dashing was dangerous. The distrust made it more difficult to set him free.

The incident reminded me that we do this sometimes, too. Continue Reading...

Here’s a Story That’ll Stay with You Today: How to Give Joyfully (Plus a Giveaway)

Generosity inspires generosity.

One of our dear friends, Brad Formsma founded I Like Giving in 2010 to inspire people around the world to live generously.

The stories they share continue to inspire tens of thousands. Here's how it all began: Continue Reading...

9 Steps to a Guaranteed Smile (Plus a Giveaway!)

Here are nine links, articles, and videos that I just had to share with you this week. Oh-- and if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see this week's giveaway. Don't miss your chance to win!

1. You.Are.Loved. Listen to this today and be changed: [Tweet this]

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2. Overflowing joy. 25 Animals Acting Silly: [Tweet this] Continue Reading...

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Over the last few years I’ve slowly been learning and relearning the power of rest, the gift of the Sabbath. In Wonderstruck, I confessed:

“Most days, I felt like I was running on a fuming treadmill on full incline. Exhausted and burned out, I was running with an empty gas tank and no energy. In embracing the wonder of rest, I’ve learned that freedom isn't found in tossing the treadmill, but in finding a maintainable pace.” –from Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

Over the last few years, I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the wonder of one of God’s most gracious and delicious gifts: rest.

Maybe, like me, you’ve allowed this gift to slip through your fingers like sand. Or maybe, like me, you’ve had rest ripped from your grasp because of the adversity you’re facing.

Whatever the cause, here are 3 things to remember if you’re feeling burned out or just flat tired: Continue Reading...