Freedom

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). A couple of weekends ago, sun blazing in the blue sky overhead, my 24-year-old daughter, Emily, five-year-old grandson, Logan, his two-year-old sister, Paige, and I set out for Sauvie’s Island Pumpkin Patch to make a memory. Rosy images of […]

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In Jesus is a wonderful, reckless, irrational love. Do I deserve it? No. Do I want more of it? Yes. How about you? Allow your soul to soak in the cadence of this song about an unearned, never-ending, reckless God-love that leaves the 99 to pursue you.This is my new favorite song! Reckless Love by Cory […]

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Do you ever feel like you and your spouse aren’t on the same page? In the same book? Or even in the same library? After 37 years, Tim and I were at odds. We went to the moon and back again discussing money, goals, and long work hours. We were willie-niverred. (I like to make up […]

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Last week, I saw Wonder Woman with my best friend. The action-packed movie was filled with adventures of Wonder Woman, Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. She leaves her home for the first time and fights in a war to end all wars, along the way discovering her full powers […]

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How do we reframe mistakes when we get off-course? Listen to this 2-minute podcast about an unintentional trip I made across the 2,100-foot bridge in Portland. Boy, did that wrong turn set me off! I wish I could say that was the only creative trip I’ve made across the Willamette River, but I’ve done it […]

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Today I’m excited to share my #1 favorite song with you: “East and West” by Jonathan Helser from the album Live at Home. “There’s no mistake I can make that could ever make you change Your love.” Enjoy this 4-minute video and soak in the vast floorless sea of God’s mercy. East went lookin’ for West […]

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By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV).  When you go through transition, is your self-talk riddled with regret? Wednesday I put my 26-year-old son, Andy, on a plane bound for Tokyo. Japanese is his total passion. Over the course of the last 10 years, […]

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Do you have unfulfilled prophecies just waiting to pop? Maybe—just maybe—you have an elephant in the womb. I’ve been hard at work on a book about self-forgiveness. The path of writing a book is a peculiarly circuitous affair. It’s one wild switchback after another producing a dizzying spin of the compass needle. When it seems […]

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(Mac Powell, James Autry, Steven Curtis Chapman, William Autry, Emily Hare, Brandon Heath, me) When we show up, the Holy Spirit likes to show off. Want to know a secret to forgiving yourself that’s hidden in a surprising place? Friday night, my friend James Autry, his 16-year-old, William, my 22-year-old, Emily, and I excitedly got […]

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When you and I struggle with self-forgiveness, we’ve usually got deep, painful wounds put there by the enemy in the past. Do you want to know how to exact sweet revenge? Tell your story!  At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland last week, I met the amazing Marlys Johnson, a cancer widow who joyfully writes and […]

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