IF:Gathering: Finding My Messy Community

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In the fall of 2013, I was invited by one my closest friends Lindsey Nobles, to attend a retreat with 60 other women in Austin, Texas to hear about the vision of a new ministry called IF:GATHERING. I had no idea what to expect or who would be there and to be honest, I really didn’t want to go. I was in the midst of some major changes for me…

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A Gift You Can Never Earn

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The word, unconditional is an amazing word. It isn’t dependent on performance. It isn’t dependent on ability. It isn’t biased. It doesn’t have favorites. It isn’t based on what one deserves or doesn’t deserve. It can’t be earned or paid back. Unconditional is without conditions. It isn’t dependent on anything. Most of us can’t comprehend “unconditional”. We think we can, but most of the time we attach conditions to God’s…

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18 Things I Love about Trisha…

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Eighteen years ago today, she said yes! We were young, in love and wanted to change the world. Eighteen years later, I love and appreciate her more than I did then. I love you Trisha and I am so grateful for you. Here are 18 of the 1.8 million things I love about you.

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The Language of Love

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Years ago, Trish and I read the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. It is an awesome book that talks about how each of us are designed by God to receive love in a specific way. We read it early in our marriage and the truth of the book really allowed us to get to know one another better. The five love languages the book discusses are: Quality…

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An Overflow of the Heart

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The words we say have power. They have power to breath life into a relationship. Words have power to build up a marriage. They have power to inspire a child. They have the power to shape a soul. Words have power to destroy as well. They can wound a heart; they can damage a marriage; they can create hurt that lasts for years. Words can build up and words can…

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The Secret to Staying Happily Married

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If you are married, do you remember the first couple of weeks and months that you were dating your spouse? You couldn’t get enough of them. You went out of your way to see them. You stayed up late talking to them. You argued about who was going to hang up first (was that just Trisha and me?). Your relationship was growing and deepening with each moment that you spent…

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4 Choices that Will Improve Your Marriage

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There are certain issues in your marriage that can’t be changed today. No matter how hard you try, some marriage improvements take time.  But these four choices I’m sharing with you today will instantly improve your marriage. Trisha and I have personally seen these four things change our marriage for the good and the absence of these four things change our marriage for the bad. Choosing all four is possible….

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Giving Away 10 Copies of “Love Does”

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There are few books that have not just changed how I think but change how I want to live. Most books can challenge the mind, very few have touched my soul. The Ragamuffin Gospel The Shack Blue Like Jazz There are probably a few more titles that I can add to the list, but it is a very short list. Love Does is on that list! Trisha wrote a post…

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Without Conditions

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The word, “unconditional” is an amazing word. It isn’t dependent on performance. It isn’t dependent on ability. It isn’t biased. It doesn’t have favorites. It isn’t based on what one deserves or doesn’t deserve. It can’t be earned or paid back. Unconditional is without conditions. It isn’t dependent on anything. Most of us can’t comprehend “unconditional”. We think we can, but most of the time we attach conditions to God’s…

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A Love Story

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On most Wednesday evenings you will find me (Trisha) at church leading a small group of high school girls for our student ministry. It’s an absolute privilege to serve along side some of the best youth pastors a parent could ask for. They’re not afraid to tackle the toughest and often uncomfortable and awkward topics our students are facing. As a mom of two teenage boys I thank God often…

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