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May 18

May 18, 2017

To the Most Beautiful Woman I've Ever Seen: Love Doesn't End Here

To the Most Beautiful Woman I’ve Ever Seen: Love Doesn’t End Here

You stood in front of me in your brown velvet tracksuit as you embraced your daughter one last time. Your eyes brimmed with glassy tears as you turned to me and said, ”She almost died last year. She’s still having symptoms. Keep in in your prayers, will you?” I told you we could pray right then if you’d like, but... Read more

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May 1

May 1, 2017

5 Signs You’re Stronger Than You Think

5 Signs You’re Stronger Than You Think

You’re still here. There’s been ample opportunity to call it, to throw in the towel, declare it all “too much,” and yet you don’t. Every day your feet hit the floor, and you go at it again. Oh, I’m sure you make plenty of morbid jokes about quitting, changing your name, your job, your identity and moving to Guam, but... Read more

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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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Nov 28

November 28, 2016

People-The Problem AND the Solution

People: The Problem AND The Solution

That’s me in front, on my 3rd birthday. With me are my brothers Mike and Gary, and uncle Todd in the middle. Todd was more like a brother, as he was only a year older than Mike and spent lots of time with us. I am the lone survivor from this picture. (Cheerful post, right? Hang in there, we’ll turn... Read more

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Oct 20

October 20, 2016

An Open Letter to the Chronically Ill

An Open Letter to the Chronically Ill

It is my honor to love and serve you. While it is true I don’t understand your medical condition; I can’t relate to physically not being able to get out of bed each day, and I don’t comprehend your insecurity of not being enough. I do want to tell you that you are valued. You are appreciated. You are enough.... Read more

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Jun 13

June 13, 2016

{In Which} We All Let Go Of Meeting Others' Expectations

{In Which} We All Let Go Of Meeting Others’ Expectations

About ten or twelve years ago I found myself haunted by a single moment, an act, a decision I’d made hanging out there on the horizon. The memory would creep up on me in the night and dance around in my mind, turning my stomach, rending my heart into pieces over and over again until they fell out my eyes... Read more

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Feb 25

February 25, 2016

Can You Love Me At All?

“Can you love me at all?” Marriage is hard they say. Hard, but wonderful. It takes work. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. The first year is the hardest. These are all things I’ve heard throughout my adult life. These are statements married friends make to remind single friends marriage isn’t quite what we think it is. They... Read more

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Feb 18

February 18, 2016

Can You Love Me Anyway?

Can you love me anyway? (Fighting to Stay Married While Your Spouse Fights to Stay Alive)   “It’s okay if you don’t understand if you don’t get it, but can you love me anyway?” ~the spouse who is ill   Marriage is hard. You knew that already, right? Actually, all of what I’m about to say is probably nothing new for... Read more

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Jan 23

January 23, 2016

Can I Have A New Mom?

We Don’t Get to Pick

Yesterday was hard.   I just need to stick a stake in the cold, hard ground and mark that from the start.   Not so much because of what happened, as much as how it wrecked me.   From the time Avery was born, when I saw that fleshly little girl and took her in with majestic awe and wonder,... Read more

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Dec 30

December 30, 2015

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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