The Silence of Saturday

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Silence with God is a good thing. It is often in our silence that God speaks the loudest. We are even commanded in Scripture to “be still and know that He is God.” Our silence helps us feel God’s presence. Silence from God is completely different. Silence from God is scary. Silence from God is disappointing. God’s silence causes us to doubt His presence. We often believe God’s presence is…

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As Seen on CNN with Brooke Baldwin

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Last week Trisha was asked to write a guest post for Ed Stetzer and Christianity Today, and speak into the Ashley Madison hack/scandal. Many of you read this article and shared it with others. A producer at CNN read the article and contacted Trish on Monday morning asking if she would be a guest on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin. So many of you shared this on Facebook, Twitter and…

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Dreaming in the Dry Season

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Our second book got turned down. I’ve written the opening paragraph to this post several times trying to ease into that sentence, but each explanation only waters down what we felt from that rejection, so I just decided to lead with it. Last August, Trish and I were so excited because we’d spent much of the summer pouring our hearts into a new book proposal: No More Halos: Because Being…

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A HUGE Announcement From Justin and Trish

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We’ve been anticipating sharing some exciting news with you for a few weeks and this week are able to do that. Over the past five years, this community has shaped us and our faith in ways we can’t even describe. We are so very thankful for you. Stepping out in faith is never easy, but it’s as we take faith steps we experience God’s presence the most. We want to inspire…

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Everyone Wants to Be Picked

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One of the best stories in sports happened at the 2014 NBA Draft. This is a reminder that belonging is a powerful thing. No matter who you are, no matter where you’re at today, Your Heavenly Father has picked you. You belong. You matter. You are chosen. Rest in that today.

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A Letter To My Husband…

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A few months ago I was searching for a specific document and during my search found this letter. I wrote this love letter to Justin in 1994 a year before we got married. We had both moved to Vermont Illinois (a small farming town) for a part-time youth ministry position, while also attending Western Illinois University. Although the families we stayed with were amazing and our small country church was…

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The Birthplace of God’s Plan

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I’d like to introduce you to my friend Benson. When Benson was 9 years old both of his parents died. Their death left he and his younger brother homeless orphans. Benson and his younger brother began to live on the streets. They would go from house to house begging for food. They would sleep on the street and beg for food.This went on for a few years. Benson said there…

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God’s Economy

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A little over six years ago, I was struggling to move past my past. I was haunted in my dreams about the mistakes I made. I was reminded of the people I hurt and wounded with my poor choices. I knew God forgave me; I knew my wife forgave me;  but couldn’t find the grace needed to forgive myself. I woke up one morning and Trisha had printed out and…

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The Difference Between Trust and Fear

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Our story would lend one to think that I have a right to live in constant fear that Justin will have another affair. Or that Justin should fear that one day I would eventually leave him because of his choices. This type of fearful thinking is so destructive. There is no doubt that trust had to be re-earned…but at some point for our relationship to move forward, trust had to…

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Making Up For It

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Almost every day we get emails from people who are experiencing the pain, loss and devastation of an affair. They are wounded and hurt and don’t know what to do or where to turn. They want their life back; their marriage back; their spouse back. Often as we read through the emails and then begin to correspond with the man or woman that sent it there is a belief that…

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