For some, it is the first Christmas since something changed in our lives. Tish Harrison Warren puts it well in her upcoming book, Prayer in the Night. “There are particular events that divide our lives into before and after. There are seasons of deep darkness, failure, and loss that indelibly mark us.” How our lives…

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This month’s guest post is written by another one from the Zoom group I wrote about in the intro to last month’s guest post, Undiluted. Debby Smith was the initiator of the continued Zoom meetings. I am better for knowing her, and have a feeling our friendship will grow long after our Zoom meetings end.…

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I met Becca through the The Way Up is Down book launch team. The author of the book, Marlena Graves, hosted a weekly Zoom meeting study group. We enjoyed it and wanted to stay connected. Several of us continue to meet via Zoom to go through another book to learn about group spiritual direction. We’re…

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I met Therisa, this month’s Live Like It Matters guest post writer, about two years ago in a writing group. She is as bright and cheery as her website portrays her to be. Energy and enthusiasm flow from her. So does kindness and compassion. I was heartened when I read her story on her website,…

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At some point in our lives, we realize we will experience the pain of losing our parents. It’s always too soon when it happens. My friend, Ingrid, wrote about the loss of her dad and how we can honor those who teach us how to love and live well. It was originally published on her…

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The Live Like It Matters guest post this month is by Toya Poplar. We’re in a writing group together. God has used those gatherings and her wise and loving words to get me through a difficult time of fear and doubt. Over and over again, her words came back to me as I crawled up,…

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This month’s guest post is by a friend I met in 2017 at the first writer’s conference I attended. We were in several breakouts and a critiquing session together and connected over a shared desire to encourage others with our writing. We reconnected this week and I’m glad we did. Dyann works full-time as an…

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This month’s Live Like It Matters guest post is by a young aspiring writer named Alaina. I was thrilled when she agreed to write this month’s challenge, because high-schoolers have a lot to teach us. I am honored that she is allowing me to publish her words to the world for the first time. This…

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This month’s Live Like It Matters Challenge comes from a dear friend, named Wendy. We’ve been through life stuff together, prayed together, and planned ministry events together. She finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up, and she wants to help us figure it out, too. Still Reinventing Wendy by Wendy Payne…

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This month’s guest post for the Live Like It Matters Challenge is by Roger Martin. I’ve known him and his wife for 35 years. They’re family because his brother married my sister. More than that, they’re precious friends. He published his first book called Partly Wrong: Admit It. Embrace It. Live It., which I highly…

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