My Friend Fletch
After the Fire

After the Fire

Recently my friend and radio co-host Carrie shared a family story with me. Then she added "... but that was after the fire." That phrase, though I've heard it in conversations before, jumped out at me. It defined their moment. It pinpointed the new chapter their...

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Being Thankful is Good for You!

Being Thankful is Good for You!

The holiday season is the time of year when most people start thinking of all the things they have to be thankful for, but as Christians, it's important to cultivate an attitude of thankfulness year-round. Research shows that gratitude promotes good manners, makes it...

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The New Deal: Confessions of a People Pleaser

The New Deal: Confessions of a People Pleaser

It’s true. I have put too much stock in pleasing people and not enough priority in pleasing God. That’s hard to admit. But there’s good news! My people-pleasing days are over. Those efforts have been futile and I’ve now reached a point where it doesn’t matter anymore...

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Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

The Bible says "...in all things give thanks." That's in 1 Thessalonians. Yes, that even means that holiday dinner you’re not too excited about going to. I know, you love your family, but maybe you’re leery of some potentially awkward moments that could pop up when...

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Jesus is the Answer

Jesus is the Answer

So what's the question? If you’re a follower of Christ, you know He’s the answer. You know it well. It’s easy to gloss over it and think of it almost like a motto than an applicable truth to your specific situation! In order to get the answer, we have to seek Him, but...

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Don’t Be a Christmas Naysayer

Don’t Be a Christmas Naysayer

“Naysayer” is a word we tag on those who come across as negative or who are apt to contribute a critical spin. And it’s usually attributed to other people. None of us think we’re naysayers. We “have opinions.” While opinions have their place, they’re kind of like...

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Finally. I Let it Go

Finally. I Let it Go

I have an impossible situation. We’ve all got seemingly unsolvable issues. They can plague us daily. For my problems, I’ve got a new plan. Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to let it go. Sure, it seems obvious. Sure, I should have done it years ago. Sure, it...

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Angels in the Outfield

Angels in the Outfield

What’s baseball got to do with God? Absolutely nothing. EXCEPT... It inspires me. When I see a team win the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk off home run, it gives me chills. It excites me. When I see a team inch its way back, little by little, from a...

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Following Christ

Following Christ

I know what it’s like to follow Christ and I know what it’s like to rely on my own understanding. Following Jesus will undoubtedly bring some pain, persecution, and loneliness. But Jesus promises a long-range peace that passes our understanding. So, I can choose to go...

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Raking Leaf Fun

Raking Leaf Fun

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of trees around my house. It’s beautiful this time of year when the leaves all start changing color, but it’s also the time for those leaves to start falling. I suppose I could just get out there myself and rake them all up,...

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3 Easy Ways to Show Hospitality

3 Easy Ways to Show Hospitality

I recently visited the home of a friend who I was picking up to go a ball game. Upon my arrival, his wife let me in, bellowed to my buddy, and said he’d be right out. Then she disappeared. I was left standing in the doorway for several minutes with four yappy dogs who...

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Mourning While Joyful?

Mourning While Joyful?

A month... A month ago our precious new addition to our family came into the world and changed A LOT for us (we knew this would happen). And so far, Little Lady Izzy has tested our sleep schedule, yet made us smile so much our cheeks hurt at times. She has mainly...

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When You’re Having Bad Day

When You’re Having Bad Day

I consider myself a pretty positive person, but just like everyone else, I have good days and bad days. Sometimes one little thing can change a regular old day into a terrible one. I can’t say I have all the answers to turning a bad day around, but one thing that...

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Fall Family Fun

Fall Family Fun

We’ve all been waiting for those crisp, cool mornings, and they’re finally here! Autumn is in full swing and that brings lots of opportunities to have some family fun! Our friends at Every Dollar have come up with a list to get us started, and the great thing is, it...

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Can You Forgive?

Can You Forgive?

The image was spread across our screens this week, shared by millions on social media. Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Brandt Jean’s brother by mistake, was charged with murder, and given 10 years in prison. At the trial, Brandt said he forgave the accused, and...

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You Have Connections

You Have Connections

You were not made to go it alone. You were built for relationship. Ultimately, we were all created by God for relationship with Him, and through Him, relationships with others. But we were also born with a penchant for rebellion. We naturally try to fend for ourselves...

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