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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

So often the struggles we have in our relationships and circumstances are unexpected and even shocking. The unexpected hurts, disappointment, and loneliness can feel as if they are here to stay. Rest assured, God is not surprised and he knows how to redeem any...

The Jennifer Jones Principle

The Jennifer Jones Principle

I’ve always said that my husband could never work from home. He’s far too social to feel fulfilled home officing. And, if I’m being honest, we’re both too high strung, strong-willed, and opinionated to ever be relationally successful working in the same vicinity all...

Helping After Loss – The Power of Presence

Helping After Loss – The Power of Presence

“I just don’t know what to say . . .” This is by far the most common comment I hear from my fans as we talk about helping a friend who has experienced a death loss. Even though I lost my mom when I was 13, for the longest time I still wasn’t sure what to say to other...

Don’t Settle for Close Enough

Don’t Settle for Close Enough

We have a lovely three-season porch where we eat most of our meals in the summer. It's also where I go to pray and read in the mornings. I have a lovely view of the lake and can breathe the cool morning air . . . it's comfortable . . . it's convenient . . . it's...

6 Books to Lift Your Spirits

6 Books to Lift Your Spirits

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a funny or feel-good book to lighten my mood a bit. This has never been truer than it is now, during this whole COVID season of life. If I start a book and it looks even remotely depressing, I’ll put it down and move...

5 Ways to Be Proactive Over Loneliness

5 Ways to Be Proactive Over Loneliness

A survey conducted well before the pandemic found that 75% of American adults feel lonely. Although I am sure we all understand the term loneliness, I found the dictionary definition to be enlightening. Webster defines loneliness as: sadness because one has no friends...

There Was the Cross

There Was the Cross

The words we speak reflect what is in our heart. When we open our mouth, our hearts are exposed. Whether we are conscious of it or not, wherever our hearts are focused, this is what we spend our time thinking and talking about. In turn, whatever we are thinking and...

Why Did You Wait So Long?

Why Did You Wait So Long?

I was in over my head at work again—it certainly wasn’t the first time. Demands of my job were mounting, as were my responsibilities as Chairperson of the Christian group. I had some personal concerns weighing me down as well. Barely treading water, I had been...

When a Co-Worker is Grieving

When a Co-Worker is Grieving

Few things in life are more awkward than wanting to help a co-worker who is grieving—but not knowing how. Grief is one of those hard heartbreaks that words and actions can’t heal… but there are some things that make the grieving journey a little lighter. As someone...

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Looking for ways to bust kids’ boredom? Here’s a list of more than 40 at-home activities to consider: Go for a walk in the woods Host a family movie night with “fancy” popcorn (ours includes M&Ms) Make a craft like friendship bracelets Get creative with empty...

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