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One Good Phrase: Rachel Marie Stone (I love you.)

I'm interrupting my World Vision Guatemala trip to bring you this One Good Phrase from my friend Rachel Marie Stone. Who better to share a reflection on September 11th, than a writer who grew up in New York. I'm grateful to have her here today.  * I was born in the city of New York, attended New York City public ...

One Good Phrase: Cara Meredith (You got this.)

I know I'm super  lucky, but I actually know Cara Meredith in real life. Like, see-her-every-Wednesday-at-Mom's-Group kind of real life. Like, sit-next-to-her-at-the-Beauty-and-the-Beast-sing-along real life. Before we ever met, Cara and I had the same job for the same youth ministry. And we both left after having babies ...

One Good Phrase: Marlena Graves (May you flourish)

  “Iliana, Mommy and Daddy tell you these things because we want you to flourish. We want to show you how to live,” we explain.  “And when Valentina gets older, we’ll show her and tell her the same types of things.” Valentina is just over a year old, and at six years old, having just started first ...

One Good Phrase: Diana Trautwein (One day at a time)

I wish Diana Trautwein and I lived in the same town. If we did, I would force her to meet me for coffee every week and tell me what she's reading. And then I'd make her be my spiritual director. And then I'd be really sweet and ask her to preach me a sermon. Every week. Until then, I love having her here today. * When I ...

One Good Phrase: Kristen Howerton (You’re better than that.)

If you don't know Kristen Howerton's blog, Rage Against the Minivan, you are missing out on her wisdom, compassion and super sharp wit. She's a gem. I'm thrilled to have her here today. * I was an amazing parent before I had kids. I had grand ideas about the kind of affirming, patient mother I would be to small children. ...

One Good Phrase: Ellen Painter Dollar (Sophia)

Ellen Painter Dollar, a fellow Patheos blogger, is smart, brave, and her perspective always challenges me. I'm honored to have her join us here as we walk along (in her words) "the crooked way of grace." * “Sophia” has become a popular girl’s name (the most popular girl’s name in 2012, in fact). But for me, it ...

One Good Phrase: Jennifer Grant (…For a Reason)

I've only begun to get to know Jennifer Grant this year, but in these several months I have found her genuine, kind, and always willing to encourage and advise a newbie writer like me. It's a treat to have her as part of this series. -- If you’re a parent, you’ve likely been through something like this: Your child ...