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I’m Jennifer — wife of an Iowa farmer, mom to two girls, new book author. I believe in you, because I believe in Jesus. You matter to Him, and you matter to me. more »

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Is Jesus Really “Enough?”

Is Jesus Really "Enough?"

The road that carries me between our house and Mayo Clinic has become a familiar one over the last two years. I took that road once again last week, because sadly, Dad needed more of his right leg amputated. (It’s a long story, and we’d love your prayers.) The morning of surgery, I ...

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Friday 17th November 2017

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set me off, just a long train of emotional rail-cars carrying the cargo of daily demands, losses, and this impending feeling of doom in our world. I could ...

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

How To Be Grateful When You Don’t Feel Like It

How To Be Grateful When You Don't Feel Like It

It was “Takk for Alt” at our little country church in rural Iowa. “Takk for alt” is Norwegian for “thanks for everything,” and this has long been the tradition at our 125-year-old church, where gray-haired farmers share pews with diapered babies and their mamas. Every November, around ...

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Tuesday 7th November 2017

How To Live a Life of Meaning and Intention

How To Live a Life of Meaning and Intention

Lydia turns 16 in a week. All the things about getting older have been coming true. I have to close my eyes tight to remember how it felt to strap her into a car seat, or to lift her from the crib. We’ve walked a long stretch of life since those early days, when I charted […]

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Monday 30th October 2017

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

Join Us For 30 Days of Gratitude

One of the happiest men I know turned 80 years old last week. That’s my dad. If you’ve been around here long, you know Dad’s story. You know about his unstoppable optimism and his heart of gratitude. You can see it in his face. What you can’t see in the picture is his ...

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