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An Open Letter to Thesaurus.com

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Dear Thesaurus.com

You complete me. No, really, you complete me.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of absent words, I fear no assignment, for your gold website is with me. Your synonyms and antonyms, they comfort me. You prepare a table of plenteous words in the presence of my deadlines; you anoint my essays with sparkling adjectives; my word count overflows.

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Freedom from our Fears – Writing on The Gospel Coalition

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I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my heart about fear on The Gospel Coalition, but what I’m most thankful for is God’s timing.

He knew the moment TGC published this article would be the exact moment I needed to be reminded of the glorious truths of our Fear Fighter. I need this reality more than anything.

It is my prayer that through these words your heart would be energized by the love of the One who casts out every anxiety our mind could strum up.

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How do you make non-cheesy Christian art?

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Andrew Peterson’s heart and ministry. 

The magazine I write for featured AP in the latest edition but the following snippet had to be (regrettably) trimmed, so here it is for your enjoyment and edification. It’s so good. Praise the Lord for His grace to us through Gospel-centered artists like Andrew Peterson.

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Beholding the Lamb and Interviewing Andrew Peterson

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“No man, when he comes to die, will ever say, ‘I spoke too much of the grace of God.’ Let Satan accuse me of that. I welcome it.” -Andrew Peterson, foreword, Behold the Lamb of God

I’m just so thankful for Andrew Peterson’s life and ministry.

It was February when we set down with Andrew Peterson in Franklin, Tenn., to interview him for the cover story of the current RTM Magazine. My vocabulary is too weak to string together a sentence that would fully convey how much I learned from him that day.

We laughed, we (I) cried, we talked about how much we love the Gospel.

It was my favorite interview.

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Happy Birthday C. S. Lewis! 12 Quotes from The Weight of Glory

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C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite humans and today would have been his 118th birthday. 

My small group girls will come over tonight and we’ll have a birthday party for him and watch David Payne’s An Evening with C. S. Lewis (we won’t watch the exact one linked but it is so good and well worth the time to watch a YouTube video with “antique” graphics) while drinking tea and celebrating the work of God in his life and legacy. Until then, here’s a little blurb I wrote about “Jack” for the November/December RTM Magazine, along with 12 quotes from his famous sermon The Weight of Glory.

We hope it propels you to worship the One who conquered hell for your redemption.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 146 – No Typos

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We may now only see blank pages, or maybe nearly-empty pages marked by what appears to be a few scribbles with no pattern or meaning, but take heart—the Master Author is at work.

Even now He is crafting and honing a story for your ultimate joy and His supreme glory.

He’s writing a history for you that is not only preparing you for a future only He can see but one that is establishing a track record of His faithfulness. A perfect track record we can cling to when times are less than perfect and the pages of our story are muddled with coffee stains and what we are sure are typos.

God has never made a typo in your story and He won’t start now.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…” -Psalm 103:2

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Monday Morning Munch No. 134 – Too long for Twitter, Part Two

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Read part one here.

Here are a handful of quotes exceeding 140 characters that have filled my drafts on Twitter for months.

Annie Proulx: You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Justin Holcomb: The cross is the great equalizer: at the foot of the cross, we are all humbled as we grasp the magnitude of our sin and guilt; yet at the cross, the offer of forgiveness is made without bias or favoritism. Because Jesus is Lord of all, His Gospel is available to all.

Yesterday at the True Beauty retreat, a 14 year old taught her peers on the hypostatic union, another taught on Jesus and the people of His day, saying, “He was the Messiah they needed but not the One they wanted.” My heart could burst with joy—these girls get theology. May they get the transformative, grace-induced application as well.

Jonny Ox:
It wasn’t
written
in the Bible
but I like
to imagine
that when God
created Eve
He whispered
into Adam’s ear
and said,
“Let there
be love.”

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The one where I talk about writing

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“I want to write always,” I texted one of my friends a couple weekends ago.

“You were created for such,” they responded.

They probably don’t know how much those five words meant, how deeply they penetrated my crusty heart or how much resistance they would have been met with had they been said 15 (or 10) years ago.

Flashback to 7 year old Sophie. The year was 1996, the Chicago Bulls and my dad held my entire heart (except for the part I shared with Columbo. I was a weird kid), and my dreams in life were to play in the NBA, meet Michael Jordan and be a cashier at Kroger.

I repeat: I was a weird kid.

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Obviously I was unconcerned with writing and preoccupied with more important matters. Like fashion.

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Buzzfeed, Words and Gospel Community

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I have a love/hate relationship with Buzzfeed.

You know what I mean? On the one hand they have revolutionized time-wasting on the internet with ridiculously fun quizzes, articles and videos. They excel in telling stories with photos and appealing to the part in us that loves to be visually stimulated. I mean, for real though, they recognized that little visual-loving human component and capitalized. Am I right or am I right?

If you go to Buzzfeed, you will *see* the great extent to which they are visually driven. Memes, photos, cute puppies frolicking, screenshots of tumblr posts, short and hilarious videos, bright colors, lists upon lists (be still my Type-A heart) and so many cats.

We are an optically-sensitive generation that loves to take in information through images.

This is also why I hate Buzzfeed.

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I love Jen Wilkin but I’m not a Stalker

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…or am I?

After posting the above photo with this caption:

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There were some fun comments, including my bff saying:

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