Scared to Follow – A Devotional

January 12, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17 I grew up in a church where an organ played to signal the service was almost over.  I usually felt relief when I heard the first chords play, but around fourth grade, I began to feel anxious. You…

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Surprise gift – A Devotional

January 5, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 0

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV) I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve because I knew what awaited my sleeping daughter. A few weeks before Christmas, I…

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What 10 years of “One Word” has taught me

January 1, 2020 | Danielle | Faith | 2

Ten years ago, I sat down to write this journal entry: “Leading up to today, I’ve been excited. I’ve felt my heart stirring in anticipation of today’s reflection. I’m ready to put last year down and jump into 2010. I’m excited, plain and simple. When I look ahead, that’s what I see and feel. Excitement,…

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Heather with the Feather – A Tribute

December 29, 2019 | Danielle | Survivorship | 4

“I was the primary caregiver for my daddy who passed away from colon cancer in 2013. Two years later, at 34 years old, I was diagnosed. Stage IV colon cancer. No symptoms. No genetic marker. In place of shock was heartbreak; that my husband would bear the burden of primary caregiver. In place of the…

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Homeless shelters: 7 insights after working at one

December 23, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 0

Last spring, my friend Elizabeth called me with an exciting request: could I help one of the Kansas City homeless shelters get through a rebrand? My heart leapt. When I started freelancing about 20 months ago, one of my major prayers involved supporting my local community. I’d worked nationally for so long, I wanted to…

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Sticky traps – A Devotional

December 15, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals | 3

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. -1 John 4:9 (ESV) We were hosting a guest at our kitchen table and gobbling fresh cookies for dessert when we all heard it:  a rustling in the…

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Writing My First Memoir – Part 5

December 13, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 0

Writing a book is a funny thing. You hold this idea inside of you for so long, but once you start typing, finish your manuscript, sign with a publisher and get rolling on edits, it speeds by. This beautiful thing you’ve held so closely to your soul for many years is suddenly not “yours” anymore.…

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Writing My First Memoir – Part 4

November 4, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 6

This is a fitting title for this blog because since I last updated you, my memoir has gained a “Part 4.” Yep, that’s right. I thought I was done. Remember how in Part 3 I told you I finished writing, cried and then sent a book proposal out into the world? Well, I sent the…

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5 lessons from my garden this year

October 27, 2019 | Danielle | Survivorship | 2

Gardening is one of those things I really want to be good at, but I struggle. I feel like I should be good at it, gardening is in my genes after all. Most stories I’ve heard about my paternal great grandmother involve how hard she worked to grow food, bake pies and raise chickens on…

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