When is the last time you really put yourself out there? Completely open and real, vulnerability in its true form? Baring our soul, talent, mistakes, affection, needs,and dreams can be terrifying, but when we bring our true self into the light, we give permission to those watching and listening to then dare to do the same.

My husband tells the story of the first time he told a girl, “I love you.” Even though he had not known her long, he knew. So, he worked up the courage and put his frail, young heart in her hands, and her only response was “Awww.”  

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Life is not predictable. It’s like riding a roller coaster blind folded; you can’t see what’s coming. Hills that take your breath, loops and curves that leave your head spinning, and sharp turns that shake everything up. Yet, there is hope.

I can’t see my coaster’s path, much less yours. Yet, I am certain we both will face something unpredictable today. Maybe you began your day in the Word, listening to worship music as I did. Maybe your day was humming right along, check marks on your “to do” list, and then WHAM!  You get hit with a broken transmission and another temper tantrum from your child.

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For seven years I have driven a 15-passenger van. Recently, I was asked by the kind sheriff officer who pulled me over, “what do you use this vehicle for?” I responded as I generally do when we get questions like,  Are you a team? Are you a camp? Are you a church youth group?  “We are just a family and this is our car.”

Eight years ago we began a journey that many would consider unwise. Financially, it didn’t make sense. At all. According to the American dream, we were headed in the wrong direction.

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