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On Calling: Hidden for a Season

I spent two years in Bible college, filled with good times and hard times. Lots of learning, growing in confidence, leading missions, grasping at calling. It seemed God was calling me to something and I had just enough courage, craziness and curiosity to respond. Midway through, I made a university changing decision that would turn out […]

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On Calling (pt 1): Of Dreams, Promise and Potential

Sometimes as you’re about to move forward its important to look back.  You note the lessons learned, mistakes made, that sort of thing. But its also an opportunity to remind yourself of the Grace of God that runs like a golden seam through the landscape of your life.  You rediscover that He’s always been there through it […]

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Come and STAND with us!

Over the next month I’m going to share some thoughts on calling and leadership development as I’ve reflected on different seasons of my life. Blame me turning 40; not that its made me all sage or anything! Perhaps just a growing sense as the kids grow and life changes that leadership is even more about investing in and developing […]

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Repurpose

re·pur·pose transitive verb \(ˌ)rē-ˈpər-pəs\ : to change (something) so that it can be used for a different purpose : to give a new purpose or use to (Miriam –Webster Online)   I’ve been looking at the pieces in our house. Very few items are new. You know how some houses are Pottery Barn or Crate and […]

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A New Year or Another Year?

2013? Its so nearly over. What are your plans for the New Year? I’ve been thinking about the phrase New Year.  There were times on New Year’s Eve when I longed for the NEW. I wanted the coming year to be completely different from the burnt out ends of the year I left behind. I […]

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Advent Hope and Longing

If you observe the annual rhythms of the Western church, or have a penchant for chocolate treats in calendars then you’ll know we’ve entered the season of Advent. Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’ and refers both to the birth of Jesus Christ, and the anticipation of his return as King. It’s often described as a […]

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The Voice

I’m a big fan of singing competitions on TV: Idol, X Factor, Sing Off (the acapella one around Christmas time) but right now, The Voice is my favorite. At first The Voice seems like every other singing show. Gifted yet undiscovered artists perform before a largely affirming audience hoping to impress the four judges/coaches and […]

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Epilogue: The Beginning

  It was about 1am ( Girls Nights at my house are definitely a special occasion!) . Turning out the lights to go to bed my heart was full, my mind at rest. I was thinking of nights filled with laughter. Of afternoons with kids running around the garden and bouncing on the trampoline. I […]

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Are your family ready? How to offer hospitality when …well, you know the rest! Part 4

Your heart is ready. Your home is ready. How about your family? A lot of my illustrations about hospitality so far have referenced my  husband and children. It’s my current  stage of life, but please don’t think its  a description of the best  environment for hospitality . When I say family in this post I […]

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Is your home ready? How to offer hospitality when its totally not your gift. part 3

  If the thought of having an extra place at the dinner table,  a few people over for an evening , or a missional community night in your home fill you with emotions that range from dread to abject horror,  fear not dear ones. The not- gifted- in- hospitality member of the 3dm team in […]

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