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What You’re Missing on the Way Up
Cadence Turpin
By Cadence Turpin
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Every day we tread into unknown territory hoping to catch a glimpse of what is and what’s to come. We spend tireless hours trying to ensure our success or predict how our stories will unfold, and while ambitions indeed help us move forward, we cannot control what we will encounter. We don’t always know what will or won’t happen for us. But I think if we keep moving forward in hope and letting God surprise us along the way, this whole messy-long-beautiful-hike ends up being worth it.

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I’m Glad I’m Not the Same Guy Who Wrote Blue Like Jazz
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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There are forces in the world that do not want you to grow, change or get stronger. A variety of motives cause this resistance, but regardless, it must be fought. God designed you to grow from a baby to a child to a teenager to an adult and even after you’re an adult we’re designed to continue learning about God, about love, about each other and about ourselves. Not a day goes by when we aren’t given the opportunity to become a better person. Why in the world would anybody want to stay the same?

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Are You Preparing for the Unexpected?
Dean Nelson
By Dean Nelson
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Here’s the thing about going into any difficult experience. It helps if you’ve done some conditioning beforehand. This is why I run. Not because I’m trying to set a record or even because I like it that much. I usually try to find reasons to not run. But I run so that, when something comes up where I’m going to need to be in shape, I’m ready. Or at least more ready.

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Why It Doesn’t Matter How You Feel About Your Friends
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist
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My husband and I were talking in the car the other day, and he said something about a friend of ours. He said, “She’s really good at being a friend.” And in the silence, we were thinking of a couple people we love very much but who, frankly, are not so good at being friends. […]

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You Don’t Need Permission to Live an Incredible Story
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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We love Bob Goff. We love him because he shows us what’s capable in a human life. There is no ceiling to Bob’s belief that a simple life loving people can change the world. He’s loved his way into a diplomatic position in Uganda, into starting a massive school for children, into starting another in […]

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer?
John Sowers
By John Sowers
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We look to others to name us as writers. Are we any good? Do we have a big fan base on social media? Are we published, famous, bestselling? We believe when we arrive at one of these landmark stops, we will be a bonafide. Writing becomes a destination that is either filled with applause at the end, or it is nothing at all. However, as long as we look to others for approval, we will never find our voice.

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Your Feelings Are Not the Boss of Your Behavior
John Richmond
By John Richmond
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My daughter was having a bad day. Rainy weather interrupted her soccer game. Her brother snubbed her by choosing his buddies over hanging out with her. Our well-intentioned toddler decided to help “organize” her room by pulling everything off her shelves. She was late for her flute lesson. To add insult to injury, the family was headed to an event where there would be lots of adults and little kids, but no one her age. The compounding effect of these little annoyances grew into honest frustration that bordered on anger. These emotions placed her on the precipice of a decision. How would she respond?

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Your Story Is Not A Paint By Number
By Andrea Lucado
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Do You Think Your Story Matters Less Because You’re a Woman?
By Donald Miller
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How Your Decisions Will Uncover Your Calling
By Jeff Shinabarger
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What Self Pity is Costing You
By Donald Miller
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