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A Lesson from Jonah about Getting My Way

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Let’s talk about Jonah, one of the Old Testament books of prophecy. Although the book of Jonah is found in the “minor prophecy” section, I would argue its four chapters have an outsized presence in our collective consciousness. There are tons of children’s books about Jonah, most featuring friendly-looking whales on the cover. Jonah is present in statue form and …

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For the first time ever, Steph and I host two special guests at the same time, twin sisters Pam Bates and Paula Patty. We ask all the questions people want to ask twins but don’t for fear of sounding foolish or impertinent. Do they sometimes feel each other’s pain? Do they have the same likes and dislikes? Did they choose …

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Why I’ll Never Earn God’s Love

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Do you consider yourself a hard worker? I do. The work I do is not physically demanding, but I am diligent and dependable. I like it when I’m trusted with a leadership role or an important project. It feels good to be seen as capable and competent. As I’m learning, learning, learning to live loved I see how my desire to be seen …


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In Episode 50,  Steph and I share our experience with forgiveness. We talk about why there are times it is more powerful to forgive and remember than it is to forgive and forget. Also, people sometimes think of forgiveness as a response to an apology, but Steph and I have discovered that forgiveness isn’t necessarily tied to an apology. In fact, …


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In Episode 49, Steph and I have an honest conversation about silence. We reflect on why it’s important to have silence, but why it can be hard to come by. Steph loves to be in the quiet of the woods, but I tend to be a verbal processor. Also, I’m never really in silence because of a condition called Tinnitus. …


Why Creating Rest Is Important

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In Christianity, we acknowledge that God is the Creator of all that was, all that is, and all that will be. In spite of this, I think we fail to give God credit for one of my favorite parts of creation: REST. The genesis of rest is Genesis. I know there is a lot of consternation and disagreement over the …


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In Episode 48, Steph and I have an honest conversation about the difference between empathy and pity. Why do we feel sorry for people, and how do we communicate those feelings? How can we communicate empathy in a way that builds relationships instead of cutting off communication? Steph and I reflect on how it has felt to receive pity from …

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How a Tree Gave Me Hope In the Midst of Cancer

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. I am a survivor. I want you to survive, too. I want the women in your life to have a best-case scenario like I did. Here’s a piece of my story.  I had been going to the doctor every few weeks for months. There was a “situation” we were monitoring. At every visit, my …

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In Episode 47, Steph and I were joined by special guest, Daniel Kuykendall. Steph and Daniel worked together at Apple about a decade ago and they’ve been friends ever since. Daniel is a commercial photographer and videographer, but he’s a guest on this episode to talk about something much more personal—his life as a Type 1 Diabetic. This is an …

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The Key to Being You

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Have you ever been given the keys to something? My husband and I recently gave our daughter the keys to her first car. The joy (and terror) of that moment will be with me for a long time! Maybe you remember getting the keys to your first car? Your first apartment? Or maybe you remember the first time you worked …