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Apr 20

April 20, 2017

Embracing the Path- the Way to True Freedom

Embracing the Path- the Way to True Freedom

She only said ‘what many are thinking’ is what the enemy would have me believe, but I asked The Lord for His truth believing my friend had good intentions and did not intend to harm me.  You see my husband of thirty years had recently passed away.  Within weeks it was Easter Sunday.  Prepare they say.  Know it will be... Read more

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Mar 20

March 20, 2017

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

As an Occupational Therapist, I deal with other people’s pain daily. As soon as the introductions are over, I ask about pain levels. “Do you hurt anywhere? On a scale of one-to-ten, how much pain are you in? Describe your pain.” Most people I encounter are in some kind of pain, so much so that I sometimes become numb to... Read more

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Nov 6

November 6, 2016

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

2012 was that year.  The Murphey’s Law year.  Everything that could go wrong did, and it took everything we had to survive it…literally. It was the third year of my son’s leukemia treatment, the total duration of which lasted over 3 years.  Additionally, I started out the year with mono and thyroid failure, which I attribute to the enormous stress of parenting... Read more

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Jun 26

June 26, 2016

Don't Forget to Hope

Don’t Forget to Hope

Maybe like me, you’ve seen your share of cloudy skies, or maybe you’ve seen firsthand the path of destruction a tornado leaves. You’ve stood on soggy ground, collecting muddy treasures as you fed your children a Salvation Army issued bologna sandwich. I’m going to guess I was six years old when the tornado hit our home in Sikeston, Mo. I... Read more

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Jun 23

June 23, 2016

Anniversary of a Diagnosis

Anniversary of a Diagnosis

I’m struggling. Do I write about the upcoming date, or do I let it pass? Do I talk about this day – this huge day in my personal history, or do I let it sit under the proverbial leaden rock in the back of my mind?  Should I just coast through the day, and into tomorrow? Reflection has led me... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

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Defeating the Monster of Depression

In light of recent celebrity news, many people have weighed-in on depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Jamie at The Very Worst Missionary re-posted her “Jesus or Zoloft” blog. Brant (former Air 1 DJ) re-posted “Is Jesus Enough?” Ann Voskamp – who’s book 1,000 Gifts encourages readers to count their blessings – shared her struggle. And they aren’t the only ones. Seems like everyone is... Read more

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Mar 31

March 31, 2016

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Our Journey Back: My Teenage Daughter’s Battle with Anxiety

She was only 16, but she was convinced she was having a heart attack. Although I assured her she was a healthy young woman and it was highly unlikely she had heart problems, she was terrified something was seriously wrong. From her repeated visits to online medical sites, a practice we had teased her about for years, she recognized all... Read more

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Mar 24

March 24, 2016

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The Good Doctor

Before I went in, I decided not to bring the entire laundry list of things that I’ve noticed or been worried about over the last decade or so. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve had a primary care physician. It’s been hard for me to know what is worth seeking medical attention for. If I just slept more, would... Read more

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Dec 30

December 30, 2015

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Bringing an End to Breaking the Broken

As I survey the landscape of my life over the last ten years, I can’t help but marvel. I have been the youth pastor’s wife, fallen from grace, turned newly divorced single mom. I’ve come to your churches as that newly single woman, as the teacher who struggled to support herself, to put food on the table or buy Christmas... Read more

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Nov 21

November 21, 2015

5 Tips

5 Tips For Drowning Pride

There are few times when I feel as cool as I do when I’m in the pool getting shown up by the little old ladies at physical therapy. (And no, I’m not talking about temperature). It usually goes something like this. To Little Old Lady #1: You do three reps of twelve. To Stacey: You do one rep of ten.... Read more

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