Thursday Thought: The Not Always Happiest Season of All

It’s November again. Next week is Thanksgiving. The holidays are completely upon us, which is weird considering I’m pretty sure yesterday was January but whatever. We’re starting to see all the usual holiday staples, bright lights, lots of
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Thursday Thought: Crafting Courage

If everything were as it ought to be, no one would ever need courage. Unfortunately, the world is most definitely not as it ought to be and courage is constantly in high demand. No one has to be told how difficult and confusing the world is, and
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Thursday Thought: The Price of Easy

Let’s talk about a man named Gideon. When Gideon shows up on the scene Israel is, to put it lightly, a complete mess. They’re making the same mistake that they have countless times up to this point. It seems like every time God sends someone to
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Thursday Thought: Active Choice

In my Bible time, I’ve been working through the book of John. Just the other day, I was reading the last supper passage when Jesus predicts his betrayal. He’s spent the whole evening preparing and caring for his disciples, getting them ready for
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Best of the Greats: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of the best-known names in children’s literature and for good reason. His canon of works is vast and just as popular to boot.  Like many authors, Dahl started out with a day job in his writing career. Where he deviates
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Thursday Thought: Rejecting the Art of Alone

We live in a world that loves to celebrate independence. There are very few people who have no use for it. I joke regularly with people that I will be incredibly responsible about finding someone else to be responsible, but even I have a love of
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Thursday Thought: Better Than Growing

Ever heard the word Christianese? It’s the idea that in Christian circles there are certain words we use so much they become part of their own language. Christianese is a collection of overused buzzwords that have lost their punch after being the
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Best of the Greats: Hans Christian Andersen

Maybe this week’s book blog is a bit of a cheat considering it’s not on books per se. But you can’t talk about great fiction in my world without talking about Hans Christian Andersen. It would be nothing short of a crime to skip him. Known not
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Thursday Thought: Hard Work Truths

No one wakes up in the morning and thinks “You know what I want to do today? I want to do all the hard work in the world. That would be really enjoyable!”. Hard work is, no surprise here, hard. A lot of us don’t shy from the idea of hard work but
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Best of the Greats: Kate DiCamillo

This week in my roundup of favorite author’s we’re talking about the great Kate DiCamillo! Oddly enough, I didn’t grow up with DiCamillo’s books as a child. So when I tell you that I love her work, I mean that it has great appeal to readers of
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Thursday Thought: On Mission, On Point

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like you had absolutely no clue what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? Was that moment five minutes ago? Are you having that moment right now? Congratulations! You’re a human! We don’t
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Thursday Thought: The Cost of Sight

In my personal Bible reading, I’ve been working my way through the book of John. In the time of his ministry, Jesus interacted with so many people who at a first glance may seem like one-off meetings. But sometimes these meetings showcase an even
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Thursday Thought: Making the Most of Midian

I’ll tell you something about myself. I absolutely loathe the idea of staying in one place for too long. It eats me up inside and I get downright antsy. Every time I watch a nature documentary that comments on sharks and their constant need for
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Best of the Greats: C.S. Lewis

It’s a brand new blog series! For the next couple of months, I’ll be rounding up some of my favorite authors, giving a little background on their life as a writer, and sharing my favorites of their works.  I can’t think of any better
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Thursday Thought: Less is More

Our world is completely obsessed with performance and importance. There’s a lot of fun, wonderful uses for social media, yes, but so often that fun and wonder and usefulness spirals and warps into a performance demanding world. Every day there’s
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Thursday Thought: Certain Failure

If there’s anything we're all universally scared of its failure. Some individual fears may differ, but no one on the planet wakes up and thinks it would be just fine and nothing to worry about if they utterly failed in the things most important
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Thursday Thought: Obedience in the Face of the Unknown

Throughout the Bible, we see many figures who reflect ourselves. We see ourselves in their struggles and hope for their same victories from God. In many ways, for those of us who have grown up with these stories, the names and actions of these
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Top Five Children's Books: Animal Main Characters

There’s just something about a children’s book with an animal front and center. For many young readers, these quirky, lovable, animal characters become fundamental parts of our childhood imagination and for good reason! It’s certainly a literary
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Thursday Thought: The Trick of Alone

We are so conditioned in so many of our ways it’s quite frankly alarming. There are so many things we do regularly without even thinking or realizing that we do them and more often than not they’re not exactly great habits. It’s unfortunate but
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Thursday Thought: Overcoming the World the Hard Way

There were a very fun, very fast, and honestly very painful two months of my life when I got to play rugby. I had just transferred to my university and wanted to try something new. I was drawn to rugby mainly because of the scale of it. Anything
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Top Five Children's Books: Reading Around the World

One of the great magics of reading is its ability to transport you to faraway places. Children’s literature is full of amazing books set all around the world that give amazing insight into a wide range of stories, issues, circumstances, and
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Thursday Thought: The Comparison Game

We live in a seriously brutal age of comparison. It’s everywhere. Social media has done some really cool things, but it’s also dangerously heightened our sense of comparison. It’s all too easy to open our phones in the morning, glance through what
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Thursday Thought: Incapable You

One of my all-time favorite verses in the Bible comes from a story in Exodus. Moses’ story is well known across the world. Marked for death as a baby and surviving incredible odds, he grows up in a life of luxury in the Egyptian royal household.
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Top Five Children's Books: Summer Reads

Summer is here and with it comes prime opportunities for expansive reading lists. And what better way to beat the heat than to explore some books with those same summery settings? So without further ado, here are my top five picks for summer
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Thursday Thought: DIY Courage

Everyone at some point in their lives has been told to have courage. We hear it all the time in the face of our fears and troubles. Which is all fine and good, but how are we meant to have courage in the face of so much fear? Fear makes us
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