When Prayer Feels Empty

I seem to be collecting a lot of prayer intentions lately. Not that there’s anything strange about that–it’s just that for some reason, recently they seem to be hitting a lot closer to home. In times past, I used to promise to pray and then forget all about it. (Yes, I was one of those…

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Faith in Fiction

As most of you know, I am a magazine writer with aspirations to publish a novel. I’m also a person whose life and faith are inseparable. This doesn’t mean I feel a need to walk around quoting chapter and verse all the time, but faith has to be a holistic part of every moment of…

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A Good Year

“Every marriage has it’s good years and bad years. We ended on a great year.” –Robert Duvall, as Spurgeon Tanner in Deep Impact This quote really struck me when I first saw the movie Deep Impact in 1998, mostly because I didn’t really get it. I could only assume that he meant they got along…

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Preaching To the Choir

“Why is the “e” word (evangelism) so hard? How can the Christian faith be something you keep to yourself … or keep for yourself?” – Tweeted by @lensweet 3/16/11 “What we want is not more books about Christianity, but more books by Christians on other subjects.” – C.S. Lewis Sometimes I wonder if what I’m doing…

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Christmas Night

My yearly Christmas post…because I can’t say it any better than I did two years ago. May your holy day be just that…holy, and blessed. *** [picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=night+sky&iid=309917″ src=”0306/0000306659.jpg?adImageId=8640536&imageId=309917″ width=”337″ height=”507″ /] What did the sky look like the night Jesus was born? On that cold night, two millenia before humanity washed out…

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Confessions of an Advent Zombie

It seems ironic to me that in this season of Advent—the Advent I’ve spent two years preparing for, the one in which I’m doing four radio interviews, four periodical interviews, countless blog entries, and five book signings to help families move toward a less crazed, more relaxing, and holy Advent season—that in this season, it…

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Ending the Mommy Wars

You know how God keeps banging on a theme until you finally respond to the knock on the door and let the idea in? This was one of those weekends. We spent it with family, and over the course of three days, I had several really good, thought-provoking conversations about politics, polarization, and the human…

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