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3 Truths (and a lie) For When Life Is Ridiculously Hard

If life is really hard for you right now, I wish I could reach through the screen and give you a giant hug. Since I can’t, I wrote 3 Truths (and a lie) For When Life Is Ridiculously Hard; you can print it out and hang it where you’ll see it often so you can…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/21/16]

The darkness can be overwhelming. And it’s hard to motivate yourself to keep moving. But it’s so true. There is light and you can have hope. That’s exactly why I started my podcast, Stories of Unfolding Grace: to remind us all that there are good things during difficult times. Since we are all wading through challenging seasons…

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Did You Forget? Nothing Is Wasted

I had the privilege of spending the last several days at She Speaks. It’s a conference for women who have a message and it was an incredible honor to be surrounded by so many passionate communicators. This was my first writer’s conference and it was a struggle to even go, claiming the title “writer”. I…

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Book Review: Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs

I love books. I love to read books and I love to recommend books. You need to read Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs. I received an advanced copy of the book as part of Annie’s launch team (the book only just launched last week!), but as soon as I was done reading, I…

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Book Review: And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts

I discovered Kara Tippetts when Keith was sick. Kara lost her battle to breast cancer just over two months after Keith passed away. I was drawn to her words as she was able to describe exactly what it was like to be facing death while trying to raise a family. Her blog helped me to…

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Broken People are Brave People

This post was originally published in January 2014, but when I read it I knew I had to share it again.    Last week, Caleb and I were in the kitchen when I had to leave the room for a quick moment. I heard a loud bang and then silence: the absolute worst combination in…

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Ep. 01 – Becky L McCoy; Anxiety, Depression, & Feeling Unloveable

Becky, the host of Sucker Punched, shares her battle with an anxiety disorder and how grace showed up in relationships with her husband and friends. Becky’s Fun Question Answers: What are you loving right now? ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert What’s your favorite meal right now? Asian Pear Slaw from Spice Market What are you…

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Rebuilding on Unchanging Grace

I participated in the Thrive Moms fall retreat on Saturday. Each of their retreats is an incredible time of reflection and growth and the best part is that it’s virtual, so I got to watch it at home, in my pjs. The theme of the retreat was “Unshakable”: each speaker focused on ways to fortify…

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Gifts of Grace

With the anniversary of dad’s death and being at the same point in pregnancy when he got sick, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on those times when life feels heavy and unbearable. Unfortunately, in my 28 years, I’ve had way too many of those seasons: too much sickness, too much pain, too much loss,…

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