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Friday

25

April 2014

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FREE “What a Woman Is Worth” Graphic- Featuring Anne Bogel!

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Every day this month, I’ll post a free graphic with a quote from a contributor to What a Woman Is Worth. Just right click to download, and use them however you’d like. And please, share away! I’d love to see these all around Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest– just tag #WAWIW. Today’s quote is from Anne Bogel, who is silenced by shame until she finds the strength to speak up for herself. Get the whole book here!

Tuesday

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September 2013

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I don’t care where she’s been– now I’ve got her

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Sometimes when I can feel that I’ve wandered away, I think that God is probably rolling eyes at me and begrudgingly dragging my ass back home to plop me on the floor. But then I remember how I felt when I lost my little girl in a store. And I think that, actually, that’s more God’s way– doing whatever it takes, causing any amount of scene to get me back. Please join me at A Deeper Story today for my post, I Don’t Care Where She’s Been– Now I’ve Got Her.

Friday

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August 2013

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Tuesday

25

September 2012

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The Day I Destroyed My Diet Pills

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“I’m Scarlett, with the chubby cheeks!” My three-year-old daughter beamed the self-compliment she’d so often heard me bestow on her, and it caught me off guard: So far from the way I speak unkindly about my own perceived chubbiness, she believed– because I told her– that her feature most readily distinguishable from her identical twin was her chubby cheeks, and they were delightful and beautiful. And they are. But I reeled at the thought that I was speaking this word to her, this word that would some day not come so kindly from her sweet face, and I reeled at […]

Tuesday

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September 2011

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Please Stop Just Sayin’

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This post was Freshly Pressed on Thursday, September 29! I love reading all your comments but can’t possibly reply to them all. Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment, and special thanks to all of you who are subscribing to the blog, following me on Twitter, and liking my Facebook page! –Tamara ________________________________________________________ Much as I enjoy pop culture, I tire of its obnoxious words and phrases. Here, several I could do without: Just sayin’. If you’d stopped one sentence short, you would have been just saying exactly what it was you wanted to say. As […]

Friday

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September 2011

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What We’re Worth: A Community Collection

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Since I published my original post, “What’s a Girl Worth?“, and called for community responses to the issues it raised of worth and doubt, people have been test-touching and wincing at memories, wrestling emotions into prose, braving bare exposure, and still, somehow, finding the buoyancy to reach out to encourage others to do the very same, very difficult things. I can’t help but believe the outcome will be marvelous. If you are contributing to this community collection, I hope the writing of your story brought you catharsis or conviction. If you have ever doubted your worth, I hope you will […]

Wednesday

21

September 2011

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Call for Responses to “What’s a Girl Worth?”

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When I wrote “What’s a Girl Worth?” on Monday I couldn’t anticipate the widespread, profound response it received. It resonated with women, and also men, who had struggled to believe their own worth; it struck men, and also women, who realized the impact of their attitudes; it stirred compassion and righteous anger across genders. @tamaraoutloud Often when you tell your story, it mirrors mine. You give voice to my heart and I'm sure countless others. Thank you. xo — Liza (@itslizawithaz) September 19, 2011 But my stories are not so terribly special. The biggest difference between mine and those tucked […]

Monday

12

September 2011

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Twenty-Four Inches to Choose Truth

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It came on out of nowhere, a small thing turned big, a feeling– normally dismissed– now wielding supernatural strength. It claimed hold; it held tight. First the anger, then the sadness, tired beyond tired, done. Submerged, suffocated. Me. *** My depression sprung up on Saturday, and it didn’t care that the next day I had to sing. And not just sing– lead. Lead worship.

Thursday

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September 2011

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Mom is Not Your Boss: Words of Wisdom from My 7-Year-Old

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I chased five boys at recess today. –Mia, first week of first grade My 7-year old, Mia, frequently gets told how much she reminds people of her mom, and while I’m not sure it’s a compliment for her, it’s definitely one for me. She’s smart, spunky, and beautiful, and she has what can really only be called a Mind Of Her Own. But I’m guessing people mean the dark, curly hair. And maaaybe the hot blood. It was her handwritten note that stole the scene on this popular post, and today my feisty little lady is doing her thing at […]

Saturday

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September 2011

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I’m a Writer, Not a Quilt

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I’ve been writing my blog for about a year and a half, and, maybe because I try to be candid on it, people often let me know how it affects them, and I love that– mostly. The comments and emails that tell me my writing makes people feel not alone, makes them think, makes them laugh– those are notes are grace to me, they are treasures. But once in a while someone feels so free, so emboldened (and that’s wonderful, but not) to let me know how uncomfortable I make them. And I can only say this: My job isn’t […]