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My Friend Joe {32 of 40 Stories}

My friend Joe is teaching me how to pray. He’s so good to me. Joe was at the top of my list of stories for Lent. I keep trying to write about him and the words keep failing me. If you knew Joe, you’d understand. There are just some people who are impossible to capture in words — no matter how much I try to make the words dance. I think this is a sign of a person who is completely sold out to Christ. In a feeble attempt to… Read more My Friend Joe {32 of 40 Stories}

How to find the celebration {31 of 40 Stories}

“I am angry enough to die.” These words take my breath away. Although you might imagine a child saying these words, in the midst of a tantrum, these particular words were spat by a man. A man, who when questioned by those getting to know him, identified himself as a Hebrew and a worshiper of the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land. A man who ran away from God. Jonah. A man with a narrow heart. The Lord sent him to Nineveh to give… Read more How to find the celebration {31 of 40 Stories}

BIG Grace {30 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Cornelius has been on my mind today. In the early days after Jesus was crucified and God sent the Holy Spirit, the disciples were out and preaching, trying to make sense of this shift in the way God communicated with them.  Just like humans today, the disciples were prejudice. It seems they thought they had it all figure out. They knew the kinds of people who were acceptable for God’s grace and mercy. They knew the kinds of people the Holy Spirit would move through… Read more BIG Grace {30 of 40 Stories}

Abba, Salvage This {29 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Have you ever tugged on a string hanging off of your sweater and suddenly the entire hem of the sweater is unraveled? I did that on a blanket once. I tugged on a string and it started to unravel. Even when I cut the string, a few days later it was hanging off and I’d tug on it, only to start the whole thing unraveling again. One little tug and the whole thing turned into a big tangled mess. Eventually it ended up in the… Read more Abba, Salvage This {29 of 40 Stories}

Love Wins {28 of 40 Stories}

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39 Love wins is a mantra of sorts… Read more Love Wins {28 of 40 Stories}

It’s Not About Luck {27 of 40 Stories}

When people learn Andy and I adopted most of our children when they were older, there’s always a story. I hear stories that start like this… My neighbor’s daughter adopted a 12 year old.My sister’s husband’s best friend adopted a 5 year old and 6 year old sibling group.My aunt decided to adopt some foster kids after her kids went to college.These people at my brother’s church adopted an 8 year old. I used to get excited. I love story. I love story inspired by my story. I love story… Read more It’s Not About Luck {27 of 40 Stories}

A Glimpse of Grace {26 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. There was a vineyard owner who went out early in the morning to hire people to work for him. He promised them a day’s wage, and then sent them into the vineyard. A few hours later he hired more people to help, promising a fair wage. Later in the day he rounded up another group to work in the vineyards, and promised to pay whatever was right.. Again, when it was almost time to quit work, he did the same thing. When the sun set,… Read more A Glimpse of Grace {26 of 40 Stories}

Start with Your Strengths {25 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. I look him in the eyes and I say, “I respect you for the teacher you are. I notice your strengths and think we should build from there.” I hope he can hear my reverence for the teacher and writer and human he is. I hope he knows it’s genuine, straight from my heart, which is why I stumble over some of the words. It’s all we can really do, you know, start with our strengths, when we’re gunning for change. The thing is, too… Read more Start with Your Strengths {25 of 40 Stories}