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This October, I'm sharing 31 thought-FULL things I’ve been taught by the women of Building Eden, the book I’m writing about women who believe restoration is a reality - on earth as it is in heaven.

There is not one who doesn’t fight, there is not one who isn’t afraid, there is not one who at times questions or wonders or worries that they’ll be found lacking in a world that loves to define by the doing. The women battle self-loathing, they battle mental illness, they battle loneliness, they battle their past. They battle oppression and bias and scorn.

And yet, they still believe.

And these women have taught me more about leadership, about servitude, and about being fully and gracefully and unapologetically a woman than any book, seminar, conference, or Ted Talk ever could.

What I share is just a taste of what will be in the book. I pray the words of the women will inspire you to be unafraid to stand in the gap and restore what is broken in the world around you.

 

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We are Salt (#31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 31

On my birthday, I was serenaded in sign language by 40 students singing, “Happy Birthday.” The tears that fell mixed with the sweat pouring on my face from the...

With All You Are (#31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 30

“Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” The dining hall is filled with voices...

The Purpose of Each Story (#31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 29

We said our goodbyes and walked out of the room into the bright day. A young girl ran behind us and grabbed my hand. “Your book, there is something...

Beginnings and Bravery (#31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 27

I used to shudder at the questions about new beginnings. They can be like a stopwatch to me, ticking away the moments with judgment that things aren't yet quite...

I am Voting. (#31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 26

Today, I am voting. I have made a choice based upon what I believe in my heart is the right way to treat folks - especially those whose voice...

Legacy (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 16

Writing a book can be a lonely thing, and wondering if anyone will care about words that aren't dripping with celebrity or promising three simple steps can haunt a...

Still Here (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 14

Most of the women in the book, Building Eden, are far younger than my 57 years. But Aunty is not. And I want to soak up the wisdom of...

The Ache (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 13

She is a bold soul who fights for the rights of her kids. "They are treated as less than human, beaten and ridiculed. And I won't stand for it....

We can Serve (31 ThoughtFULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 12

There are few "if I had more..." wishing-type dreams in my heart, but this is one. If I had more money, I would most certainly find a way for...

Lessons (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 11

Sometimes, the best lessons are found not in the words of a human, but in their impact on everyone they meet. I remember the first lesson I learned from Lilly...

Gathering (31 ThoughtFULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 9

I was a stranger on that January night when Sarah hosted a dinner for a group called Dreamers & Builders. We've been friends ever since. Her Neighbor's Table movement has...

What They’ve Taught Me – Part 1 (31 ThoughtFULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 8

You've stuck with me through one week of 31 ThoughtFULL Things! Thank you! Today, I'm sharing a little recap of the wisdom. I encourage you to read each piece...

Dirty (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 7

I wish sometimes that I could be a bird, like the eagles that soar effortlessly in the skies in Uganda, flying in circles over a moment to see how...

LimitLESS (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 6

Students run into the classroom, eager to don feather boas and funny hats and take pictures with friends. I've journeyed thousands of miles with friends to just bask in...

In Every Space (31 Thought-FULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 5

People have likened her to Mother Teresa. Certainly, Sister Edith's story seems one of legends - a former nun and gentle soul with a perpetual smile dressed in habit and...

Never Ask If (31 ThoughtFULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 4

I wish I could take you there, to the building made of mud and plaster in the Matopeni slum in the Kayole region of Nairobi, Kenya. Alice would be...

The Only Way (31 ThoughtFULL Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 3

She’s a revolutionary, tucked away in a neighborhood on the tough side of town. Flo loves Jesus and Bob Marley, and every time I’m with her, wisdom pours like...

My Past is Part (#31ThoughtFull Things from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 2

She was only 16 when she and I sat and really talked about life for the first time. I had known her for a year, amazed at how a...

1. Allow Yourself (#31ThoughtFULLThings from the Women of Building Eden)

Oct 1

Hi there, friends! It's time for #write31days, and this year I'm sharing 31 ThoughtFULL Things from the women of Building Eden, the book I'm writing about women who believe...