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Carrie Stephens
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let's run away from reality
I woke up and shuffled into the kitchen looking for my best friend, AKA my Keurig machine. Magic instant coffee is indisputably the best thing about this millennium so far. On the way there I discovered a true tragedy. A giant pot of leftover, homemade spag...

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why do so many people think church is lonely?
We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can se...

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on being a revolutionary ordinary woman
We were hurrying out the door to meet my friend, Gina, so she could do me a HUUUGE favor and take some photos for me, and one of my boys lobbed this doozy at me: "When are we going to take down the Christmas lights on the house? I mean... it's February ." W...

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on being women in church leadership
Yesterday, one of my children lay in the hallway of the YMCA, in rebellion to the suggestion that he go play in the gym. Another yelled in my face when my gentle teasing was found incredibly annoying. A third child was offended deeply by the dinner they wer...

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middle-aged mom life is a real thing
When I imagined myself as a mom, it was always as a young mom of very small children. It is a pure shock to me that that stage has ended in many ways for me. I can't really explain my utter lack of reality, except to say I like babies and wish my kids could...

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the bittersweet road home
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”   But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”   So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do t...

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all the favorites: books & posts from 2016
I really don't know where this year has gone. I had high expectations for 2016 to be something special, because I was turning forty (why are new decades such a WEIRD THING, by the way??) and 2016 was the year Morgan and I would celebrate 15 years of marriag...

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god bless the christmas mamas, every one
Around here, Christmas looks something like this: It's Christmas lights and long lines and photo cards and apple cider and a last minute this and a beautiful that and  it is all going too quickly. We play cards and dominoes, Sorry and twenty questions, and ...

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someday at christmas: a post for my church family
“Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmas time Someday at Christmas man will not fail Hate will be gone and love will prevail Someday a new world that we can start...

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how we find our way when we can't see a thing
We sit at our usual table, with our books and our discussion questions and our coffee in our hands. Cookies wait on a happy plate of sweet friendship to share as we discuss our week's reading. I read a passage from Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, th...
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