The Quiet Hat Meets the Prayer Apron

You guys. Did you know that Susanna Wesley had a #QuietHat too? She did! Only hers wasn’t a giant green obscenity like mine. It was just a simple little apron that she’d flip over her head when she needed what ALL moms need most: some quiet time with Jesus! Our Substance Pastors, Peter and Carolyn, recently…
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You Are Not a Wallflower

As an extrovert, I would never have considered myself a wallflower in junior high. But when attended my first junior high dance in town as “the country girl”, I found myself there — standing up against a wall. I liked to dance, but I liked boys even more! And now, there I was. The wallflower.…
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Joy, Bubbling from Within

On a recent gorgeous summer day, I was with my free-spirited, full of life, 3-year old granddaughter. We ended up at a small water fountain park which was completely deserted except for us. As I sat on a bench in the warm sunshine watching her, I marveled at her pure joy. PURE INNOCENT JOY. She…
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Crossing the Divide

In 2010, I made the bold and brave decision to “cross the divide” and move from Minneapolis to Saint Paul. I know. Who would do such a thing, right? What I didn’t know then (that I obviously know now) is that there are a LOT of people in Minnesota who would never do this (and…
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A Simple Guide for Feeding Me

Written by your preschooler It seems like you’ve been struggling, Mom. Nearly every day you feed me terrible things. I know your primary goal in life is to make me happy, and I truly want to make your life easier so here is a simple, printable guide for preparing food I will love! Fruit: Apples—I…
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You are Chosen

You. Are. Chosen. Let your heart absorb these words. Painful memories of not being chosen lurk within every one of us. Life on a fallen planet sends the message that we are not chosen. We’ve felt the pang of being excluded from birthday parties, clinging tightly to our tear stained pillow in the aftermath of…
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Keeping Your Vision Alive

I wanted to be a hairstylist, missionary, or personal trainer. Before you get a vision of a purple-haired, boot camp instructor trying to get you in a headlock for Jesus, think again. Either one of these things would have been fine in my book, but not all at once. Tension always exists between our reality…
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Intimacy with Jesus

“For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me… And the King will answer them, ‘Truly,…
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The 4-minute Clean-Up Hack

I can be kind of a perfectionist about certain things, like parties or things I create. But overall I’m a fairly Type-B person. I don’t like to plan, I’d rather wing it, I’m a born procrastinator, and I’m really, really bad at tidying up. I’m very ideas-focused, which makes me good at creating new things,…
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New Beginnings

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 When the fall season starts, it brings new beginnings, new adventures, new commitments, and a new start. Make this fall a new start in your relationship with your Heavenly Father.…
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