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I met God in a mental hospital

I am the only preacher’s kid in the psych ward. Eleven years old, and my parents have admitted me into a mental hospital and I am curled up on the bed in my green gown counting my ribs, feeling the wind in my chest, my stomach growling like the night Mum snuck into my bed (read more…)

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How generous are you, really?

About a year ago, I was on the couch at the end of a very long and exhausting day catching up with my husband. I remember saying to him, “I used to be a generous person.” In my pre-mom life, I went on international volunteer trips, I built schools and taught English in Tanzania, I (read more…)

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We are all artists

As you start this week, may you find a nugget of courage to do the hard thing your heart is aching to do. May you find enough freedom to do something brave and risky, something that taps that gift you were given but haven’t yet fully and outwardly exercised. We are all artists in some (read more…)

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Weekend links

On swimming holes :: Seth Haines How to make a simple budget (and why) :: Shaun Groves In defense of the suburbs :: Nish Weiseth 75 years in the making: Harvard just released its epic study on what men need to lead a happy life :: FEELguide “Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just (read more…)

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Five simple ways to make your summer a sabbath

Most of us do not have the luxury, like our children, of taking the whole summer “off” from life. We have deadlines to meet, dirty diapers to change, and duties to fulfill. Let’s face it, sometimes summer doesn’t feel like the beautiful sabbatical it once was when we were kids. The idea of sabbath comes (read more…)

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